moral hand-wring about dropping atomic bombs on Japan. But it was the right thing to do, both morally and tactically.
Is it moral to kill someone? No. But if that person is harming others, is it moral to it moral to kill him in order to save innocent others? You tell me. And what if the only way to stop it is morally reprehensible to you? Literally, damned if you do and damned if you don’t (if you believe in God).
General Patton is famously quoted as saying, “War is Hell.” I was told that the actual quote was, “All war is Hell.” Yeah, that’s true from a moral perspective as well as from a human suffering perspective.
The truth is that all war (and indeed all life, though that’s a topic for another day) puts you in a morally hazardous position. I’m not sure that this is able to be avoided.
That said, there would have been HUGE numbers of deaths on both the Japanese and the American sides had there been an invasion. There are friends of yours who wouldn’t be here if not for the atomic bombs. Maybe YOU wouldn’t be here.
There were more killed in the LeMay firebombings of Japanese cities than in the atomic bombs. Think about that. I’m not sure it matters a whole lot how they were killed.
Are atomic weapons disturbing and powerful? Yes. Does that mean the we, in a knee-jerk and unthinking fashion do away with them? I’m not at all sure. What it means is that YOU the people need to choose moral people to be in charge of such weapons. The issue is morality, not the possession of something that can be used immorally. Hence why it is so important to look at morality in elections, as well as overall competence. Don’t trust anyone who is not moral to be your leader.