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Bombings in Japan

As one who lived through the war against Japan, I feel compelled to offer a footnote to the comments made by Dennis Kostecki (Forum, Aug. 7). Between November 1944 and August 14, 1945, Gen. Curtis LeMay's B-29s carried out about 140 raids on Japanese cities. Incendiary bombs burned more than 150 square miles of urban area, leaving some 8 million people homeless. In June 1945 the seaport city of Kobe was burned. More than 105,000 civilians lost their lives either through fire or suffocation. By contrast, the A-bomb at Hiroshima killed 66,000.

It would seem that Mr. Kostecki is less concerned with the number who died than he is with how they died.

John A. Davison

Sandy