Thursday, August 06, 2015

Sobering Numbers on a Sobering Day

I'm not quite willing, I think, to go along with multiple friends of mine who look at the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, as a "war crime." Not because I don't think the term has any meaning, but rather because the event in question in many ways preceded our contemporary understanding of the term, as well as provided the whole moral and strategic international framework for even thinking about what we consider "war crimes," to be.

But, separate from all matters of law and international relations, there is the simple fact that it was a horror, and an evil. Like all wars are, really.

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