Was the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Justified? | Nuclear


In August of 1945, we as a species entered into a new age. In many ways we achieved technological miracles orders of magnitude greater than our ancestors could ever imagine. We are also now living in the only period in our species’ history where it is actually possible that we could destroy all life on earth by our own hands. On August 6, the United States used an atomic weapon on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing tens of thousands. And just 3 days later, they used another on Nagasaki adding thousands to the death toll. From the moment those bombs were detonated, historians, ethicists, and many others have debated: was it justified?

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Read More:
Allen, Thomas; Polmar, Norman (1995). Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan—And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb
Alperovitz, Gar (2004) [1965]. Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam (2nd ed.).
Bess, Michael (2006). Choices Under Fire: Moral Dimensions of World War II.
Boyle, Francis A. (2002). The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence.
Carroll, James (2006). House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power.
Dower, John W. (1995). “The Bombed: Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japanese Memory”. Diplomatic History 19 (2).
Frank, Richard B. (1999). Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire.
Wainstock, Dennis (1996). The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb.

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