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Aug 1, 2005 9:08 pm

Conservatives Against the Atomic Bomb

As noted before at Liberty and Power, George Schuyler, was an early conservative critic of Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb. Leo Maley III and Uday Mohan report that he was not alone:

Such scathing criticism on the part of leading American conservatives continued well after 1945. A 1947 editorial in the Chicago Tribune, at the time a leading conservative voice, claimed that President Truman and his advisers were guilty of" crimes against humanity" for"the utterly unnecessary killing of uncounted Japanese."....

A steady drumbeat of conservative criticism continued throughout the 1950s. A 1958 editorial in William F. Buckley, Jr.'s National Review took former President Truman to task for his then-current explanation of why he had decided to drop an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. The editors asked the question that"ought to haunt Harry Truman: 'Was it really necessary?'" Could a demonstration of the bomb and an ultimatum have ended the war? The editors challenged Truman to provide a satisfactory answer. Six weeks later the magazine published an article harshly critical of Truman's atomic bomb decision.

Hat tip, Ralph Luker.

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Kenneth R Gregg - 8/2/2005

Virgil Jordan, then Leonard Read's boss at the (National Industrial) Conference Board, wrote a pamphlet criticizing the use of the A-Bomb and F.A. Harper's classic "In Search of Peace" were written in opposition to Truman's use (and Ike's administration's threats to use) of the Atomic Bomb.

As I recall, both Robert LeFevre and his wife, Loy, were active opponents of the A-Bomb as well.

This was one of the issues which libertarians were unanimous in opposing at the time.

Just a thought.
Just Ken

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