Announcing a new Meetup for Rationalist Society of Saint Louis! What
: The U.S. and the Atomic Bomb in WWII - 02/05/2011 When
: Saturday, February 5,[masked]:00 PM Where
: St. Louis County Lib, Main Branch
1640 South Lindbergh Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
What did the U. S. know about Japanese intentions in the late summer of 1945, and when did we know it? Some say that the U. S. was quite justified in dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as it saved hundreds of thousands of U. S. soldier's lives, and some claim that the U. S. knew that Japan was in the process of trying to surrender, but hurried up to drop these bombs in order to show the Russians what we had. The answer to this question is not a matter of opinion - we should be able to discern a clear answer to this question with over 60 years of hindsight and historical investigation.
Long-time member Steve Best was a young soldier based in Okinawa when the bombs were dropped.
Local historian Larry Jewell will present on this topic. His online archive of original source documents related to World War II documents is one of the largest currently available.
This is the first installmant of the "Not A Matter Of Opinion" Series. We hope to present a series of lectures examining the claims of various positions on the political spectrum regarding hotly debated current issues. Our goal is to create more light than heat.
RSVP to this Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Rationalist-Society-of-Saint-Louis/calendar/15641198/