Regarding "We've attacked defenseless civilians too" (Sept. 5, Letters): Hitler's Nazi Germany attacked civilians in Poland before Britain got into that war and he attacked England's cities before the RAF could possibly have bombed Germany. Remember the "Rape of Nanking" and forget about whitewashing the Japanese.
In the case of the Japanese peace feelers, they were demanding preservation of the imperial system, leaving the Japanese Constitution without revisions, internationalizing Manchuria, and retaining Japanese control of Korea and Formosa.
Any attack on civilians is terrible but many more Japanese civilians had been killed in Tokyo than were killed by atomic bombs. Please don't be so quick to blame the United States for everything that is bad in this world. We're doing the best we can in a difficult world.
ROBERT O. ST. JOHN