This week marks the 67th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Given the fact that 100 million Japanese were prepared to fight to the death to defend their homeland, most historians believe that President Harry Truman made the correct decision to use these weapons.

Predictions of one million American and several million Japanese casualties occurring during an invasion of Japan certainly influenced Truman's thinking. A more intriguing question is whether the same decision to use weapons of mass destruction would have been made with regard to Germany. Or, to put it bluntly, how much did racial factors influence the decision?

Marc Raim, Baltimore