Ethics behind the WWII bombing

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Nagasaki was bombed three days after Hiroshima. It was an alternative target; the first choice was Kokura, but it was obscured by thick clouds. The damage from the bomb was less than at Hiroshima because of the hills surrounding Nagasaki, and the death toll (40,000) was about half. The scene at ground zero was equally horrific: blackened bodies, burned children, women, and elderly people. The morality of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is constantly debated now, not when the decision was made to drop the bombs. President Harry Truman did not hesitate. Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain stated, “There was unanimous, automatic, unquestioning agreement.” The Japanese were warned by a message sent from Washington, to surrender or be destroyed. If they refused the weapon was to be used. Even after the bombs were dropped, the Japanese Imperial Council voted 3 for and 3 against surrendering. The emperor broke the tie by ordering the government to accept the Potsdam Peace Agreement, which demanded Japan’s unconditional surrender. It was estimated that Japan had over 2 million soldiers in the home islands. It was also estimated that we would suffer ½ million soldiers killed and ½ million maime Continue...


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If I were the person that had to make the decision to bomb Nagasaki, I would have done the same thing that President Truman did. Tibbets never felt at any time after the bombing that what he did was morally or ethically wrong. The people of Japan now enjoy one of the best forms of government in the world. Truman made the decision to drop the bomb all by himself. It was also the duty of our President and the military to bring about an end to the war by ensuring that a lasting peace was realized. The entire population of Japan benefited by the decision to bomb Nagasaki by consequentially ending a war that had made them a poor isolated nation. They were lied to by their government when they were told that we would murder them during the invasion. Was it morally ethical for the United States to bomb Nagasaki Was it ethically justifiable for our military to deliberately kill 40,000 non-military personnel such as women, children, and the elderly I sincerely believe that from a moral perspective we had no choice. He also told the audience that Tibbets was the pilot on the Enola Bay. As indicated in the text, the basic and fundamental food, according to the Hedonistic utilitarianism is happiness. Our failure to do so may have jeopardized billions of people, not only our troops but the citizens of Japan. As indicated in the critique earlier, even those Japanese that were exposed to the bomb felt that it was morally justifiable, as it ultimately saved many of their countrymen. He felt that it was his duty as a soldier defending this country that dictated his actions. When learning that Tibbets was there, Tabuchi ensured that Tibbets had special seats for himself and his guests.