my book on this subject).
Also on this date, August 24, 1945, the well-regarded U.S. magazine (edited by lay Catholics) Commonweal published an editorial that confronted the bombings head-on. Highlights:
--"We will not have to worry any more about keeping our victory clean. It is defiled."
--"The name Pearl Harbor was a name for Japanese guilt and shame. The name Hiroshima, the name Nagasaki are names for American guilt and shame."
--"The war against Japan was nearly won....Then, without warning an American plane dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Russia entered the war. There was no doubt before or after Russia entered the war that the war against Japan was won. An American plane dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki."
--"After we had brought indescribable death to a few hundred thousand men, women and children, we said that this bomb must remain always in the hands of peace-loving peoples. For our war, for our purposes, to save American lives we have reached the point where we say that anything goes."