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Aug. 6 and 9 will be the 64th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Japan by the United States — a terrible event that caused the deaths of at least 250,000 humans.

In this far from perfect world, President Truman signed an executive order and our armed forces carried it out. If he had not done so, the loss of life would have been substantially greater. Japan was going to be conquered no matter what the price in human life. Mr. Truman's decision was the least of evils. Sometimes the real world only offers those kinds of choices.

William Gronberg