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Reader's view: U.S. didn't provoke Japan to bomb Pearl Harbor

By the time I finished reading Mark Jeneson's Aug. 25 Local View, "Road to dropping atomic bombs began with provoking Japan," my blood pressure was up 50 points.

By the time I finished reading Mark Jeneson's Aug. 25 Local View, "Road to dropping atomic bombs began with provoking Japan," my blood pressure was up 50 points.

Coming from a man whose parents hadn't even been born yet, the commentary came off as just another example of someone trying to rewrite history. If Jeneson really wants to know about World War II, I suggest he read about the rape of Nanking, the Bataan Death March, the building of Burma Road or the last battle of the heavy cruiser Huston -- just for starters.

The attack on Pearl Harbor

wasn't just to get us mad. By destroying our Pacific fleet, Japan felt it eliminated any interference from us as it continued to conquer everything in the China Sea -- up to and including the northern part of Australia. We paid one hell of a price in men to win that war.

And every time it comes up, I'm thankful we had a president who had the guts to do what was right for the country. I'm thankful we didn't have a political hack.

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Jim Semmelroth

Duluth

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