I'm about a week late on this one. I've been having a lovely visit from my grandsons at our home in Oughterard, in the west of Ireland, and I hope readers of the blog will forgive me for taking a few days off. Daniel Ellsberg became a household word back in the 1970s when he became the pariah of the American right for releasing the so-called 'Pentagon papers'. He was personally targetted by Richard Nixon and his 'dirty tricks' department. I've had the privilege of getting to know Dan a bit a the marvellous weekend seminars organised by Robert J. Lifton at his home on the Cape Code dunes. Dan has written an interesting piece about Hiroshima on his blog: ellsberg.net. He promises much more to come.
Do any readers have comments on the legal qualification of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Robert McNamara, who passed away a few months ago, wrote that had the Americans lost the war, he and others would have been prosecuted for war crimes by the Japanese. If the 'international community' puts its energy behind prosecuting atrocities committed in Cambodia in the 1970s, why not do the same for atrocities committed in Japan in the 1940s? I ask the question, without proposing an answer. Observations on this would be welcome.