​Throughout history there have been several radical events which have ultimately affected large

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Throughout history there have been several radical events which have ultimately affected large groups of the human population, if not the world in its entirety. The events of World War II are without question a part of that list of radical events. Lasting approximately six years, this global war went from unprovoked acts of military invasion, to acts of mass genocide, to utilization of suicide bombers, and even the first appearance and use of atomic weapons. While it’s not hard to understand why the events in this war, or really any war or large scale battle, can be considered radical in nature, it is also not uncommon to also question whether certain actions were or were not ethical [1]. For instance, it has often been questioned whether…show more content…
stood at the time of its decision to drop the bombs, one must wonder if it's even relevant to question their actions? Looking at the events of WWII, particularly those leading up to and during U.S. involvement, I can somewhat understand why there has been such conscientious thought questioning how/why those bombs were dropped on Japan. Perhaps learning from the previous world war, the U.S. did not even want to participate in what would eventually become a global conflict [1]. In fact between 1935 and 1939 the U.S. Congress passed a series of Neutrality Acts intended specifically to prevent Americans from becoming entangled in the growing conflict [1]. However, while the U.S. aimed at staying out of direct conflict initially, it was soon made very clear that unlike World War I, WWII was by no means a war of attrition[1]. Beginning in 1939 and lasting through majority of 1945, the U.S. was not trust into the war until after the events of December 7, 1941 when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. There are many who would say that this knowledge alone could serve to foreshadow the radical, and in my opinion unethical, actions the U.S. eventually ended up taking [1]. That is, many of those who see the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as being ethical boast that this relatively unprovoked attack by
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