I was amazed when I read the Oct 10 letter, Benefits of war? No war is good. However, the benefits of WWII include that the United States, England and the rest of the free world don’t speak German or Japanese. The Jews in America, England and the West haven’t been slaughtered in gas chambers. The bombing of Tokyo and Nagasaki ended the war in the Pacific, which otherwise would have cost countless American and Japanese lives. Korea and Vietnam stopped the spread of communism throughout Asia and beyond.
Iraq and Afghanistan have stalemated the Taliban and their direct attacks on U.S. soil thus far.
The writer ends by asking by what authority the United States has to decide which countries should or shouldn’t acquire nuclear weapons. My answer is that the U.S. is the free world’s leader, and we know what devastation these weapons are capable of producing. We must be the custodian of the power. Who otherwise would this writer suggest?
Robert E Pickard, Miami