The spoils of war

On the 7th of July 2003, Joe O’Donnell was interviewed.
He was an American soldier who took photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after their destruction by two atomic bombs in 1945.

The interviewer asked:
“What do you say to these people who say … thanks God for that Atomic bomb … it saved so many lives, American and Japanese?”

His response:

“I don’t think it saves anything.
It just … killing innocent people and I know people don’t agree with me…
but, we killed grandmothers, grandfathers, children …

The interviewer asked:
“Did you feel it was an act of senseless slaughter?”

His response was an interjection:

I guess, Joe O’Donnell, committed the cardinal sin of portraying the inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as being humans like any others on this planet and therefore deserving to live.

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