Today marks the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. We have had 60 years to mull over the actions that took place on that day and the subsequent consequences. While listening to my "favorite" ultra-liberal radio show I was quite disturbed to hear the tone taking on a "we were wrong" attitude. Ummmmm. Excuse me. We were at war. A real war. Not some bullshit "war on terror." We were attacked by a country. Japan wasn't all about anime and catgirls, it was a major military power that was looking to expand. They invaded China, the Philippines, New Guinea, and Indochina. They bombed the U.S. They bombed Australia. This was REAL war! They started it, we finished it. We weren't losing soldiers a few at at time like we are in Iraq. HUNDREDS were being killed every day. The Japanese were brutal. New Mexico lost a lot of soldiers in the Bataan Death March, and there are memorials all over the state. Like the Japanese admiral supposidly said after Pearl Harbor, "I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve." He got that right.
The atomic bomb was a terrible weapon, but it did what it was supposed to. It ended the war. My father turned 18 in September of 1945. Had the war not ended, he would have been shipped out to the Pacific less than a year later. As it was he did a stint rebuilding the post-war Philippines.
You could make the argument that mostly civilians were killed and therefore it was an immoral act. On the other paw those civilians could easily be a part of the workforce building weapons or farmers supplying food to the troops. It's hard to argue about war since the whole concept is stupid! There should be no war! Everyone loses in the end.