Essay on The United States Should Not Bomb Japan

727 Words Oct 25th, 2015 3 Pages
In the year 1945, World War II, the United States was in combat with the Japanese. It was a crucial decision to cease the war as quickly as possible, so the United States decide to bomb thousands of Japanese civilians, military soldiers, non-combatant military forces in cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The reasoning behind this was that Truman believes that it was to end the war, for more lives would be saved in the end because the war would end sooner than it would have if the United States did not bomb Japan. Taking a Unitarian approach, Truman chose between two lesser evils making this action appropriate for the United States to take due to America being at war. However, according to Nagel, an absolutist’s view, this statement is considerably false.
Nagel believes that if a target is not the direct target of hostility that person should be left unharmed. The principle used to define an appropriate and moral target, Nagel uses the Hostility Principle to describe this. “Hostility or aggression should be directed at its true object. This means both that it should be directed at the person and/or persons who provoke it and that it should aim more specifically at what is provocative about them. The second condition will determine what form the hostility may appropriately take.” Taking this action, it implies that any other persons that do not bring direct harm to another should not be punished in any shape or form just by simply being associated by the target.
In the time of…

Related Documents