The Atomic Weapons Attacks On Hiroshima And Nagasaki Essays

765 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
In the realm of counterfactual historical analysis, the atomic weapons attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are among some of the most deeply scrutinized events. The attacks fully embody the scale of human slaughter characteristic of the 20th century but are tragically trivialized and distorted. In search of historical insights, some analysts strip the question of atomic warfare down to its condensed operational and political considerations. While these realities played an extraordinary role in America’s struggle to conclude the deadliest war in human history, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are most importantly lessons about the power of unchecked dehumanization. As such, it is extremely important that 21st-century observers do not project moral standards on a period of history where ethics is largely irrelevant. America should have dropped the atomic bombs because political and social realities necessitated it. Even so, the fact that the possibility of not dropping the bombs was never at least critically considered for morality’s sake, irredeemably taints the respectability of the country to this day.
21st-century discussions of the atomic weapons dilemma almost always frame the debate as if there were a plethora of options open to America more worthy than using the atomic bombs. To a certain degree, this perception is true, America certainly did have other options available. Unfortunately, the soundest counterfactual evidence available suggests that none of the alternative options…

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