These attacks were directed at a military objective, that of hastening the end of a long and bloody war, just as Israel's bombing of Gaza is directed at the military objectives of eliminating both Hamas' rocket launching capability and its military cadre which is dedicated to Israel's destruction. In war, achieving military objectives trumps concern for civilian casualties, although we know the United States tried to warn Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents by dropping cautionary leaflets hinting at what was about to occur, just as Israel warns Palestinians in Gaza of impending bombings.
Gaza - 2014
Hiroshima - 1945
Dresden - 1945
They fail to recognize, unfortunately, that the bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden, as unfortunate as the civilian deaths they caused were, did not deter the Allied powers from achieving their objective of hastening the ending of the Second World War, just as civilian deaths in Gaza, as unfortunate at they are, will not deter Israel from ultimately achieving its military objectives in a war they did not start.
Queen Elizabeth, Defender of the Faith
This is why America has a problem with Islam. In many nations with Muslim majorities, Islam is the state religion. Nations carry names like “the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Religious belief and the state are inseparable in such nations. Bloodshed occurs when states attempt to strictly enforce a state religion’s exclusivity. History marks such events in otherwise civilized nations such as England and France. Even within Islam, the Sunni-Shia schism has existed for almost 1400 years, often with great loss of life.
Those who served their country
We should be providing, at no cost to them, the very best comprehensive and complete lifetime medical care for those who served our country during time of war as well as those who stood ready to do so in time of peace, provided that they have a service-connected injury or disability, be it physical or emotional, which originated during their service in the armed forces. That is what the Veterans’ Administration should be doing and not be spending its money on prescriptions or hearing aids for veterans whose health problems had nothing whatsoever to do with their military service, but who in some manner managed to qualify for such benefits.