Essay On The Atomic Bomb

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Purposeful bombing of civilians during war has been a common occurrence, but the ethicality of such a practice has been called into question. Generally, there tends to be a great aversion to intentionally causing harm without reasonable basis, yet this type of strategy is still in use. Is the bombing of innocent people justified if it ultimately brings an end to the war? The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II clearly exemplifies the ethical question of whether bombing civilians was right or wrong. The decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not clear cut. Harry S. Truman and his associated generals (Stimson and Groves) had to come to a conclusion on how to swiftly end the war …show more content…

Furthermore, the theory states that the civilians should never be the target of an attack, and the only way to justify the death of a civilian was if it was unavoidable when bombing of a military base had taken place (Theory of Just War). The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki clearly were in violation of these codes because the target was not a military base, and the main reason that the bombs were dropped was to force Japan to surrender by means of carnage. In truth, evidence supported the idea that there were alternatives to the atomic bombing (Hasegawa, 2005). In fact, the United States could have launched an in-land invasion, but because of the high casualty rates of US soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa (thirty-five percent) Truman decided against this strategy (Seaholm lecture, DATE). In favor of the bombing, Truman argued that Japan had been given a fair warning of the attack to come when the ultimatum of the Potsdam Conference was issued (Truman, 1945). Meaning, this attack was not without basis because the countries who had convened at Potsdam had warned Japan that the United States would attack unless they surrendered. The main argument that has been used against the atomic bombing is the massive number of casualties it

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