THE decision to cancel in its entirety the disgraceful stamp commemorating the US dropping atomic bombs on Japan, while welcome, serves to point out the unfortunate mentality top echelon Americans are stuck with. So much for the 'liberal' Mr Clinton, and so much for his politics. If it was not obvious before it is obvious now, the line of demarcation between the doves and hawks is only evident at its extremes, basically, they are in agreement - 'of course we are, we are Americans'. I have American friends and none I know nodded in assent to that postage stamp idea, so what is the difference between the man in the street who does not want war, does not want the US army diving in where angels fear to tread, and these politicians at the mercy of the military-industrialist power holders? The difference is, these guys are in positions of power. At that height reality is dizzying. The US could do with a good dose of democracy and the ridding of its federated central power. There has been a proposal that the various states stand with more independence. Proportional representation would be an effective start at a democratisation process. All views need to be taken into account, all groups have to have a say. However, this bomb stamp! That it brought the American/Japan war to a quick end is as beyond doubt as the period ending this sentence does exactly the same thing. However, the sentence was due to end anyway, the period was just a formality. The use of the atomic bomb was inexcusable and can be accepted only given that not enough people knew the extent of the immediate and long-term suffering it would cause. If there has to be a stamp, such a stamp should state a clear apology to the Japanese people and also state a vow of never again as a promise to the world.