We drove through the deserts of western Arizona and eastern California over the weekend on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway (Hwy 10). In Quartsite, Arizona, we met a man who had served in the Army and had been dispatched to Hiroshima shortly after we dropped the atomic bomb there. He said the city was absolutely decimated. And the image that particularly stuck in his mind was the outlines of bodies actually burned into the concrete where adults and children were incinerated when the bomb detonated… Several years ago, we went to the Peace Center at Wilmington College in Ohio to do research on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (The Peace Center there has the largest accumulation of information about these bombings outside of Japan.) What particularly struck me was a large black & white panoramic of ground zero in Hiroshima. No buildings. Nothing. There was an arrow, however. An arrow that was superimposed on the picture. It pointed to where there used to be an elementary school. There had been more than 200 children in the school the morning the bomb was dropped. Note: Our platform includes adhering to the Just War Theory. One of the basic tenants of this theory is that innocent civilians are never to be put in harms way during armed conflict. In a column for the Lima News several several years ago, I wrote that when it comes to victims: “Nuclear bombs just aren’t that discriminating.” So using deductive reasoning: If you’re a Just War Theory advocate (as everyone in the Catholic Church should be, for instance), then nuclear arms — even as a “return strike” response — should be seriously questioned.