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Stunning story of government's malicious deeds

Amy Goodman and David Goodman's column "The Hiroshima cover-up" (Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 5) was an eye-opening yet nauseating account of our government's behavior toward journalism.

As someone with Japanese grandparents, aunts and uncles who lived during the time of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, it truly saddens me to read another account about the malicious acts upon Japanese civilians during World War II.

In the eye of the storm in Iraq, a whopping 60 years later, our government's behavior has seemed to differ only in small amounts.

Maya M. Hancock

New York

We want to thank The Sun for publishing "The Hiroshima cover-up." It took courage and decency to do that.

Would that this kind of courage and decency were more prevalent in today's mainstream media on a wide range of topics - from the environment to the Iraq war and occupation.

Bob Tripp

Mary Tripp

Reston, Va.

The winners wrote history of Hiroshima

Congratulations to The Sun for publishing Amy Goodman and David Goodman's column on the cover-up of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki holocausts ("The Hiroshima cover-up," Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 5).

This cover-up is a perfect example of the winners writing the history or, in this case, hiring the writers to write the history and suppress the truth about the atomic bombings.

Too bad it's taken so long for the true story to come out.

One is left to wonder how many horrors took place during the Persian Gulf war and more recently in Iraq that we will never hear about because the press has become complicit in the practice of "embedding" reporters - or more accurately, perhaps, apologists or chroniclers of the party line?

Let's have more independent journalists and fewer embedded ones, please.

George Mendelson


Dropping the bomb saved American lives

Should I feel any sorrow over what happened at Hiroshima 60 years ago? Let me answer that this way.

At the beginning of August 1945, I was a 19-year-old infantryman embarking on a trip across the Pacific to join the nine Army divisions planning to invade the Japanese island of Kyushu.

Most of what was left of Japanese air power, 10,000 planes, was being readied to defend Kyushu. U.S. casualties in the struggle would have approached 100,000.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 allied troops and civilians were dying of starvation, disease, and mistreatment in Japanese prison camps each week throughout Asia.

Do I feel sorrow for what happened at Hiroshima? No, I do not.

Am I being selfish? You bet.

I only wish we'd had "the bomb" to drop on Berlin and Hamburg.

Bob Steinberg


President Bush rude to grieving mother

I found it ironic that President Bush would send two aides to argue with a grieving mother who had lost her son ("White House aides talk to angry mother of dead soldier near Bush ranch," Aug. 7).

The poor lady only wanted to hear directly from the president why he sent our children off to Iraq.

Wouldn't it be nice if the president of all U.S. citizens would be forthright enough to put aside partisan politics and treat everyone with the same respect?

A. Koszuro


Roberts' role reflects conservative ideals

Conservatism, to me, has always meant leaner, less-bureaucratic government. Since when does it embrace mean-spirited attitudes toward special interests such as gay-rights groups?

The fact that Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts Jr. provided pro bono help to argue against the exclusion from jobs and housing of Colorado's gays reflects his "compassionate conservatism," both for his pro bono services and for helping ensure rights that should be available for every U.S. citizen ("Roberts' role in gay-rights case stirs discussion," Aug. 5).

Any other spin on his effort in Romer vs. Evans is a political stretch.

Virginia Bennett


Sharon has turned on his own people

Reporter John Murphy's excellent feature story "Sharon's toughest decision" (Aug. 7) tells it all - the good and the bad.

It's true that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was indeed a great general and war hero who liberated his Jewish people and their ancient, biblical lands. That's why many of his admirers are shocked with his new liberal, passive leadership that will return those very same lands under fire to a people who are still calling to continue the intifada.

Are all of those brave Israeli soldiers who gave their lives to win Israel's wars now to have died in vain?

What hurts the Jewish settlers and those who support them most is not just the violation of Jewish law about the land and the obvious mocking of the God of Israel. That is bad enough.

What's worse is that while throughout history, Jews have been deported from other countries, for them to be expelled by their own leaders just because they are religious or to politically appease their enemies is unheard of.

Mr. Sharon is acting like a traitor or dictator instead of a protector and military hero, as he was in the past. He seems to treat his enemies better than his own people.

Barbara Ann Bloom

Owings Mills

Steroids not source of Palmeiro's success

After reading a plethora of one-sided, negative letters concerning the suspension of Rafael Palmeiro, I am moved to write regarding his current predicament.

First and foremost, Mr. Palmeiro is a class act, and he has been throughout his illustrious career in baseball.

He carries himself as a gentleman on and off the field. His demeanor is so humble in regard to his personal achievements that he borders on self-deprecating. He's a great sportsman and a breath of fresh air in these tiresome decades of loudmouth, egotistical, overpaid bums.

And has anyone looked at Mr. Palmeiro? Does his body reflect rampant steroid use? Has his temperament on the field ever reflected "'roid rage"? Never.

Mr. Palmeiro's success is easily traced to his daily regimen, his love of the game and of Oriole fans, the best "strike zone eye" in baseball and possibly the smoothest swing in the history of the game.

These are attributes you'll never find in a bottle.

Hurry back, Raffy. We need you badly.

Mark Pfaff


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