Seventy years

Truman never explained his decision not to drop the bomb on North Korea, but one possible reason is that actually seeing what nuclear weapons do to human beings may have changed his view.

USAF Photo
US bombers, part of Air Force Global Strike Command.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Friday, 08/07/2015 12:03 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 08/11/2015 7:22 pm EDT

We have been hearing a lot about the 70th anniversary of the first use of a nuclear weapon on human beings, in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The more important anniversary, however, is Aug. 9, when the LAST nuclear weapon was used in war, on the city of Nagasaki.

If you are already a subscriber

Subscribe to Embassy

Subscribe to the print and electronic editions and get instant access to Embassy online.

Sign up for a free trial

For access to the website.

This Week's Issue
policy briefings