posted on Dec, 24 2012 @ 05:50 AM
I slightly disagree with your point, despite the fact that I agree with some of your statements, and also agree that the bombings were horrible.
However, I think the military and government of the US did not really realize what they had on their hands. An atomic bomb had never been dropped on a
city before, so there had been zero opportunity to research the effects on human beings in nearby areas.
Regarding the targeting of cultural structures, one must think about 'why' this clause was included in this document. War during that particular
time did not involve the precision that is achieved today, or even the precision that was present during WWII, which was roughly two decades later.
Anyway, this clause was included to prevent the 'targeting, ie done on purpose, of these particular structures.
I think an argument could be made for either side regarding the dropping of the bombs on Japan. The US was considering the thousands of lives that
they would save by ending the war sooner. I think that was the deciding factor that really sealed the decision. I do not think the US had as many
reservations since they were dragged into the war, and were not the aggressors. Whether you agree with it or not, I believe this was part of the
decision making process.
It is also important to remember that there were more cities on the "list" than the two that were ultimately bombed. And these cities were not
chosen because they contained a certain amount of civilians, but because of their military value. These were large centers of Japanese production for
military hardware and related goods, and that is the main reason they were chosen.
The results, especially in the years after the war, were extremely horrible for those around the affected cities. There is no denying that fact. Some
may condemn the actions of the US, but I think it is important to remember the reasoning behind the use of these weapons, and that the main intention
was to save US lives. Why would the US choose to risk more American lives, when they could force the surrender of Japan at the cost of only Japanese
lives? This is quite cold, but this was war...And remember that Japan is the nation that attacked the US. Was the attack on Pearl Harbor any
different? If Japan had a nuclear weapon, they too likely would have used it. Probably much earlier.
The only reason the US dropped the bomb first was because they had finished developing it first. I think that it was going to take some nation
dropping a bomb on some other nation to awaken everyone else to the horrors of these weapons. And the lessons learned from the bombings in Japan are
the only reason that another nuke hasn't been dropped somewhere else. Think of how many nations have nuclear capabilities now...