Editor:

In a letter, G. Pritchard says “Chain Reaction” is a daily reminder of the millions of Japanese citizens who were murdered and maimed for life (“Not a fan of ‘Chain Reaction,’ Letter to the Editor, Jan. 20). In case he forgot, there was a war on, started with a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. By the Japanese.

Yes, the bombings killed a lot of people, but it made an invasion of Japan unnecessary. An invasion would have also killed a lot of Japanese, maybe more. Maybe not the same ones who were killed in the bombings, but still a lot.

But the bombings saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans who would also have died in any invasion. “Chain Reaction” should be kept, just rename it “Victory.”

 

Mike Kirwan

Venice, Calif.

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