Bombing Of Hiroshima Legality And Criminality

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Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – An act of legality or Criminality? The Just War theory is a doctrine that justifies war, testifying that in certain cases, states have moral justification for resorting to armed force and war is sometimes morally right. Although it has been over sixty years to date, there is a stagnant debate whether the bombings by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 were acts of legality or criminality. The threat of nuclear weapons of mass destruction is an unceasing fear we keep inside our minds and fortunately, the two bombings on Japan in 1945 were the only active deployments of nuclear weapons thus far. After reviewing the conditions and criteria established for a “just war”, it is evidently clear that the atomic bombings of Japan by the United …show more content…
Jus ad Bellum is the justice of resorting to war in the first place. I strongly defend the position that the atomic bombings of Japan by the United States was wrong and unjustified for they failed to obey two conditions of Jus ad Bellum; probability of success and proportionality. The law of probability of success states that a state wanting to use armed force must be able to foresee if the outcome of the war or attack will have measurable impact on the entire situation. It is not acceptable to use arms if disproportionate measures are required in order to be successful. The United States undoubtedly failed to measure and consider the results of an atomic bombing. In the documentary film White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007), four Americans that were working directly with the atomic bombings on Japan were interviewed. One of them admitted that when the bomb detonated, they had no idea what to expect of it and were not aware of how it would actually affect or impact the civilians. During a segment of the movie, footage and pictures of American doctors studying the Japanese survivors of the bombing were

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