The opinion-page articles ``Looking Back 50 Years at the Atomic Bomb,'' Nov. 21, offered opposing views of the A-bomb. I believe that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had an overall beneficial effect on the world beyond the hastening of the end of World Word II. It demonstrated for the whole world just how terrible these weapons are. Had these two examples not been demonstrated there would have been a strong push to engage in full-scale nuclear war in Korea and again in Vietnam.
I believe that if we and the Soviets had not had the examples of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we would have pushed each other into a nuclear war, not realizing how dreadful such action would be. William D. Lion, Columbus, Ind.
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