Nuclear Bomb in Japan Essay example

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Jimmy Neutron
Professor Rob Allison
Philosophy 172
3 November 2011
Nuclear Bomb in Japan The atomic bomb that was dropped on Japan during World War II is still one of the most catastrophic events in history. This bomb obliterated the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and it is a major controversy of World War II. It remains a controversy because it questions the moral issue of killing innocent civilians to get the Japanese military to surrender the war. One British philosopher, AC Grayling, argues that the nuclear bombing of Japan was a moral crime because there is never a justifiable reason to attack civilians. The atomic bombing of Japan was unethical because it killed civilians, was a disproportionate attack for just conduct of
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Even though the atomic bomb killed an enormous amount of civilians, there are still people that believe the use of the atomic bomb was not immoral because it was necessary to destroy military operations in these cities. AC Grayling acknowledges the defense for the use of the atomic bomb and he counters them by declaring, “There is no defense to say that there was no other way of destroying the militarily necessary target, and that therefore the civilians killed and the collateral destruction caused is protected by the doctrine of double effect” (233-234). The argument for bombing Japan because of its military is invalid because the majority of the people in those cities were not affiliated with the military. Even if there were military operations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it would not take the vicious force of an atomic bomb to destroy them. There can be no moral argument made to justify America’s use of such a destructive bomb on these cities without prior warning. The use of the atomic bomb was uncalled for and it caused collateral damage to the heart of Japan. This damage should not be inflicted on any country and in Among the Dead Cities, AC Grayling claims, “The means used to conduct a just war must be proportional to the ends sought” (213). The moral grounds of a just war are

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