It is important to remember what war means, and why it is worth working hard to prevent it. AP:
Japan mourned Tuesday for the 105,400 people killed in a single night 70 years ago, when U.S. B-29 bombers obliterated much of Tokyo in the deadliest conventional bomb attack ever. […]The March 10, 1945, attack on Tokyo killed more people than the Aug. 9 atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The death toll was on par with the Aug. 6 atomic attack on Hiroshima.But the firebombing and similar ones that followed in more than 60 other Japanese cities have received little attention, eclipsed by the atomic bombings and Japan’s postwar rush to rebuild. The only formal public monument for the Tokyo victims is a modest floral memorial near the temple where Tuesday’s ceremony was held.
World War 2 was a total struggle in which both Americans and their enemies were prepared to do whatever it took to prevail. In the final five months of the war, twice as many Japanese civilians were killed by U.S. bombing raids than the total of all U.S. soldiers killed in foreign wars from the revolution to the present day.Americans need to remember that we did not win that war, and win the right to build a better postwar world, because of the purity of our human rights standards or the soft power of our ideals. The Greatest Generation won that war because it was willing and able to inflict unlimited damage and destruction to crush the vicious regimes in Germany and Japan that threatened the U.S. with unprecedented violence.American diplomats and politicians today need to remember what happens when we get things wrong; America’s enemies would do well to reflect on this history as well. Juvenile jihadis have no idea what forces their foolish actions can unleash.