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THE DECISION TO USE THE ATOMIC BOMB PART I Note Discussion this past fall of my book THE DECISION TO USE THE ATOMIC BOMB and of a review by John Bonnett generated extended and often emotional comment I was traveling during much of this period I have waited until now for an opportunity to join the discussion in part for this reason but mainly for another In my judgment some of the most important issues concerning the Hiroshima decision cannot be properly addressed without confronting the complexity of the evidence problems involved--and too the porous nature of the available record I had been informed that detailed discussions of certain aspects of these issues were about to be posted and could thus be referred to in my response The unexpected cut-off of H-DIPLO debate and the Christmassemester break forced a bit of delay However the postings have appeared on H-JAPAN and are taken up below Through the good offices of Doug Long they and the earlier H- DIPLO responses are also available at the following Home Page httpwwwhenetdouglongindexhtml In addition those who do not have easy access to the above may receive copies of materials referred to in the following response and the response itself by request at this e-mail address leeeigcapcorg Finally many of the materials are available on the new H-DIPLO web-site httph-net2msuedudiplobalphtm The following is addressed above all to scholars who wish to grapple with the difficult problems of evidence and interpretation at the heart of the Hiroshima question Too often electronic debate becomes bogged down in quotation slinging or-- as some participants in the recent debate openly acknowledge-- moral crusading Accordingly 1 I will not take up some of the more inflammatory ad hominem or petty criticism which has appeared on H-DIPLO 2 A separate memorandum by Sanho Tree who directed the archival research for THE DECISION TO USE THE ATOMIC BOMB has been prepared
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