Instead of bombs, President Truman bombarded Berlin with supplies in one of the most harrowing and satisfying logistics efforts in history.
Pilots who learned their craft flying supplies over "the Hump" -- the Himalayan mountains -- in World War II applied their knowledge to this crisis and flew supplies into Berlin. They flew everything from chewing gum to coal.
Better to drop gum than bombs.
Other crises arose in the 45-year Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Each nation armed itself to its teeth, but no bombs were ever deployed because the world had seen what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
An estimated 150,000 to 240,000 people were killed in the dropping of just two bombs.
Those were real places with real people and real deaths, not some mock town in the deserts of Nevada.
Technology has developed over the years, but man remains the same.
People today are no smarter than their ancestors. We are just as capable of evil and certainly we have the same range of emotions.
Among the largest of those emotions is fear.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki put the fear of the Lord back into the geopolitical world.
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones," Albert Einstein said.
He is correct, of course, but we do know what weapons we fought with in World War II and I like to think that the last of those weapons --- the nuclear option -- has postponed World War III, and as far as I care, I hope the postponement is permanent.
Peace lasted less than 21 years between the two world wars and now we have gone almost 68 years without that third one.
Sadly, the American people elected a president who is ignorant of the value of the very nuclear arsenals that made war too expensive to wage.
Surber's email is donsur...@dailymail.com.