For now, fear rules, but next generation can change

For many generations mankind has sought to resolve disputes between nations without using fear as the primary weapon. It has resulted in some success using education, the law, religion and organizations such as the United Nations. Nevertheless, President Truman made the only decision possible when at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, he ordered the destruction of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Eight days later Japan surrendered. Now, in 2014, the United States is the most powerful nation primarily because of fear, yet we continue to hope that one day reason will replace fear as the deciding influence in diplomacy. When that day occurs we can name those people, truly, "The Greatest Generation," dropping the question mark.

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