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Letters to editor: June 18

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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 3:15 am

HIROSHIMA CALLING: Exhibit doesn’t tell full story of WWII

I read in the Trib where a traveling exhibition called “Hiroshima Calling” will be coming to the Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tempe. This traveling exhibit will be visiting five venues in Arizona and then going to many other states. This exhibit shows large posters of the after-effects of the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese mainland cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They depict the horrors of war suffered by the population. I agree that there was horrific injuries, deaths and destruction by these two atomic bombs.

But what bothers me is this horrible event will be taken out of the full context of World War II. Will any mention be given to the Korean Comfort Women, the rape of Nanking, the horrible internment camp treatment of European and Australian women by the Japanese military. Will any mention be made of the 12,000 U.S. and Filipino POW’s in the Bataan Death March in the Philipines. This was a week-long, 60-mile forced march where our soldiers were beheaded, bayonetted, raped, disemboweled, beaten to death with rifle butts and died of thirst and hunger. No food or water was given. If a soldier fell, he was killed. If a soldier tried to help a buddy, they both were killed. Toward the end of the march when too many soldiers were collapsing the Japanese soldiers didn’t have time to kill them all. The Japanese trucks and armored vehicles would then run over and kill the collapsed soldiers on the road. Where is their traveling exhibit? Why isn’t their story being told?

Leon Ceniceros, Mesa

WAR ON DRUGS: Supply and demand still high

Not only have our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost us more than a trillion dollars, so has our war on drugs.

For more than 40 years we have been attempting to nullify the law of supply and demand. The net results: Illegal drugs are just as available today as they were 40 years ago. And in the process, we have become the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization. About one of every four prisoners in the world are now locked in an American jail or prison.

Speaking of jails and prisons, illegal drugs are now inside every jail and prison in the United States. If we cannot keep illegal drugs from our jails and prisons, how can we reasonably expect to keep drugs from any willing buyers? We cannot.

Kirk Muse, Mesa

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