Saturday, September 15, 2007

Our town in the Des Moines Register

Last Wednesday my uncle, wife, and I were interviewed by John Carlson of the Des Moines Register to talk about the recent projects that have been taking place around town. For you out of towners, this article, published Friday, will give you an idea of what's been going on around here.

The article was pretty good, considering the usual bias supplied by the DM Redstar (usually from the editorials). John Carlson is a good writer, not a typical Gannett-oid.

Anyway, enjoy the article.


Anonymous Jim Baxter said...

Every September, I recall that is more than half a century (62 years) since I landed at Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division in the original occupation of Japan following World War II. This time every year, I have watched and listened to the light-hearted "peaceniks" and their light-headed symbolism-without-substance of ringing bells, flying pigeons, floating candles, and sonorous chanting and I recall again that "Peace is not a cause - it is an effect."

In July, 1945, my fellow 8th RCT Marines [I was a BARman] and I returned to Saipan following the successful conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa. We were issued new equipment and replacements joined each outfit in preparation for our coming amphibious assault on the home islands of Japan.

B-29 bombing had leveled the major cities of Japan, including Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Tokyo.

We were informed we would land three Marine divisions and six Army divisions, perhaps abreast, with large reserves following us in. It was estimated that it would cost half a million casualties to subdue the Japanese homeland.

In August, the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima but the Japanese government refused to surrender. Three days later a second A-bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. The Imperial Japanese government finally surrendered.

Following the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese admiral said, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant..." Indeed, they had. Not surprisingly, the atomic bomb was produced by a free people functioning in a free environment. Not surprisingly because the creative process is a natural human choice-making process and inventiveness occurs most readily where choice-making opportunities abound. America!

Tamper with a giant, indeed! Tyrants, beware: Free men are nature's pit bulls of Liberty! The Japanese learned the hard way what tyrants of any generation should know: Never start a war with a free people - you never know what they may invent!

As a newly assigned member of a U.S. Marine intelligence section, I had a unique opportunity to visit many major cities of Japan, including Tokyo and Hiroshima, within weeks of their destruction. For a full year I observed the beaches, weapons, and troops we would have assaulted had the A-bombs not been dropped. Yes, it would have been very destructive for all, but especially for the people of Japan.

When we landed in Japan, for what came to be the finest and most humane occupation of a defeated enemy in recorded history, it was with great appreciation, thanksgiving, and praise for the atomic bomb team, including the aircrew of the Enola Gay. A half million American homes had been spared the Gold Star flag, including, I'm sure, my own.

Whenever I hear the apologists expressing guilt and shame for A-bombing and ending the war Japan had started (they ignore the cause-effect relation between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki), I have noted that neither the effete critics nor the puff-adder politicians are among us in the assault landing-craft or the stinking rice paddies of their suggested alternative, "conventional" warfare. Stammering reluctance is obvious and continuous, but they do love to pontificate about the Rights that others, and the Bomb, have bought and preserved for them.

The vanities of ignorance and camouflaged cowardice abound as license for the assertion of virtuous "rights" purchased by the blood of others - those others who have borne the burden and physical expense of Rights whining apologists so casually and self-righteously claim.

At best, these fakers manifest a profound and cryptic ignorance of causal relations, myopic perception, and dull I.Q. At worst, there is a word and description in The Constitution defining those who love the enemy more than they love their own countrymen and their own posterity. Every Yankee Doodle Dandy knows what that word is.

In 1945, America was the only nation in the world with the Bomb and it behaved responsibly and respectfully. It remained so until two among us betrayed it to the Kremlin. Still, this American weapon system has been the prime deterrent to earth's latest model world- tyranny: Seventy years of Soviet collectivist definition, coercion, and domination of individual human beings.

The message is this: Trust Freedom. Remember, tyrants never learn. The restriction of Freedom is the limitation of human choice, and choice is the fulcrum-point of the creative process in human affairs. As earth's choicemaker, it is our human identity on nature's beautiful blue planet and the natural premise of man's free institutions, environments, and respectful relations with one another. Made in the image of our Creator, free men choose, create, and progress - or die.

Free men should not fear the moon-god-crowd oppressor nor choose any of his ways. Recall with a confident Job and a victorious David, "Know ye not you are in league with the stones of the field?"

Semper Fidelis
Jim Baxter
WW II and Korean War

Job 5:23 Proverbs 3:31 I Samuel 17:40

VOTE HUCK ! He's The Man! jfb

8:51 AM, September 17, 2007  
Anonymous Jeremie Jordan said...

Bgunzy, if you have the time Daren and I have decided to blog again...

2:54 PM, September 18, 2007  
Blogger bgunzy said...

Oh man, pigs are flying over a frozen Hell - Cornbeltway Boys are back!

4:09 PM, September 18, 2007  
Blogger Mango said...

Thu, 20 Sep 2007 22:53:12 -0700 (PDT)


I ran across your post about peaceniks opposing the a-bomb on I was wondering why you posted it there since it didn't have anything to do with the blog's subject.

I was impressed with your writing, and I am impressed with your service record. I'd love to hear about your experiences in the Marines sometime.

I followed the link on your name back to your website.

I, too, live in California, although I am up in Petaluma. Like you I have a high school teaching credential and I've also been an extra in major motion pictures.

I did some research about the Japanese surrender and I found the following quotes about the atom bomb, and I'm wondering what you think about them:

"...the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."
--President Eisenhower in Newsweek magazine, 11/11/63, recalling his meeting with Secretary of War Henry Stimson

"It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan . The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.
--Admiral William D. Leahy
(Chief of Staff to Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman)

“The use of the atomic bomb revolts my soul”
Former President Herbert Hoover, August 8, 1945

"I told MacArthur of my memorandum of mid-May 1945 to Truman, that peace could be had with Japan by which our major objectives would be accomplished. MacArthur said that was correct and that we would have avoided all of the losses, the Atomic bomb, and the entry of Russia into Manchuria ."
-- Hoover ’s diary entry of a May 1946 meeting with General Douglas MacArthur

"When I asked General MacArthur about the decision to drop the bomb, I was surprised to learn he had not even been consulted. What, I asked, would his advice have been? He replied that he saw no military justification for the dropping of the bomb. The war might have ended weeks earlier, he said, if the United States had agreed, as it later did anyway, to the retention of the institution of the emperor."
--Norman Cousins, consultant to General MacArthur during the American occupation of Japan , The Pathology of Power, pg. 65, 70-71.
"Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945 and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated."
Conclusion of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, written by and repeatedly supported by Paul Nitze, who would later be a U.S. arms negotiator under President Reagan

Are these the peaceniks you are writing about?


1:05 AM, September 21, 2007  

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