To add a footnote to the letter about our use of the A-bomb ["Japan had a choice in 1945," Aug. 9], many military experts, American and Japanese, feel that this action saved countless thousands of lives on both sides.

The Japanese were prepared to fight to the bitter end to ward off an invading force. The concept of surrendering was alien to their outlook; it was considered shameful and disgraceful not only to the individual but also their families.

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Walter G. Karppi, East Norwich

The letter about former President Harry S. Truman's grandson attending a memorial service for the victims of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima says that "it is symbolic of how we as Americans feel the need to apologize and want to make friends with our enemies past and present."

That apparently sarcastic remark about our need to apologize is unwarranted and dangerous. Attendance at a memorial service is not tantamount to an apology; it simply shows a deserved respect for those victims. The mentality reflected by those remarks brings to mind the saying, an eye for an eye will make the world blind.

In today's world, with nuclear warfare becoming more available to more countries, the threat is more dreadful than ever. We must strive to live in peace with others, including past, present and potential enemies.

Robert Wilson, West Islip