What is it they say? Shit happens... and no amount of 'what if's' will change a single thing.
It is done and everything said on here (apart from the head count - they're horrendous of course they are!
- but I think most decent people would agree that after a couple of thousand it really doesn't matter how many died when most of them were civilians?) isa all too painfully true. The point here as pooh was trying to say is not politics or revenge (for Pearl Harbour for instance?) or even hatred. It certainly was not about principles either.
What happened in Nagasaki and in Hiroshima was unprecedented and no one knew how much horror was going to be unleashed. The point here which I'm sure everyone will agree on is that the result
of the decision to drop those bombs (which was undoubtedly taken as a deliberate act of war and in extremis), was too much for everyone, for the whole world.
What is the greater 'crime against humanity'? - Systematically gassing 6 million Jews, Gypsies, and other 'unacceptable non-human' minorities? - Pretending to look for weapons of mass destruction when there's no proof they were there at all? Or snuffing out X thousands of lives in a few seconds and cause many thousands more to die slowly in pain and grief - it's all wrong isn't it? All appalling. All disgusting.
We don't learn is the point. We keep on doing this.
But in Japan, for not one but two brilliant, hateful, destructive, poisonous moments, the world's view of war deaths shifted and changed forever. We terrifed ourselves with that amount of sheer power and tragedy. The world over. When the pictures came out and the absolute destruction became known people, all people were terrified of what had happened. And we drew back from the precipice, realising that we had the power and now the potential to eliminate ourselves from existence. And Hirohito surrendered and peace was won but at far too high a price and we actually learned that one lesson and the two ravaged cities became monuments to the ultimate cost of war and desparation.
It didn't last but it taught us that there were limits and the price to be paid for taking war to it's logical, filthy and ruinous conclusion. We found other less quick and pervasive ways to kill each other - but we did not use nuclear weapons again because it was too terrible. That is the point.
Let's hope we never do use them...