Re: European vs. American Fanaticism

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon Jul 02 2001 - 08:25:54 MDT

"Mike Lorrey" wrote,
> Our
> only 'extremism' was in dropping two nukes on Japan, which was more a
> matter of a lack of desire to sustain 1-2 million casualties in trying
> to take the Japanese home islands than any sort of actual extremism. An
> extremist would have gladly sustained such casualties (as the Russians,
> Japanese, and Germans all did in battle,

That's true enough, and in addition, according to Ben Wattenberg, the US
caused _at least_ ten times more casualties in Japan by firebombing than by
nuking, and the reason the US stopped the firebombing was that we ran out of
bombs. Anyway, WWII demonstrates overall just who the nuttiest nations were,
and fairly well demolishes the argument that extremism has its capital in
America (unless one categorizes freedom as a form of extremism).


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