What do you call the bombing of CIVILIAN, NON-MILITARY TARGETS in order to INFLUENCE a government's policies?
Let's call it State-Sponsored Terrorism, brought to you in searing, flesh-boiling technicolor by Uncle Sam. Let's call it Mass Murder. Let's call
it Dresden Part II.
"Hiroshima and Nagasaki were chosen as targets because of their concentration of activities and population."
- U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, U.S. War Department, 1945.
Doesn't that make you feel warm and fuzzy?
Here's a good quote too, from www.ihr.org...
"If the Germans had dropped atomic bombs on cities instead of us, we would have defined the dropping of atomic bombs on cities as a war crime, and
we would have sentenced the Germans who were guilty of this crime to death at Nuremberg and hanged them."
And a good quote from a well known Admiral:
"Admiral Leahy, Chief of Staff to presidents Roosevelt and Truman, later commented:
It is my opinion that the use of the barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan ... The
Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons ...
My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught
to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children."
There's no way you can justify the incineration of tens of thousands of civilians because your CALCULATIONS say it will, in the long run, probably,
in your expert opinion, save more lives than it will take.