By 1944 Japan was losing the War in the Pacific, but they became even more courageous warriors when facing defeat. The US General Staff estimated that one million more American lives could be lost before the final victory.
Even so, General Eisenhower, several nuclear scientists, and even President Truman’s own Secretary of War advised against the bomb on moral grounds. Truman (how he must have agonized!) overrode them all, for the sake of those one million American lives.
Five square miles of Hiroshima were destroyed, 80,000 lives lost immediately. Tens of thousands died later from radiation burns, plus cancers taking people twenty and even thirty years later.
And still more war followed in that horrendous twentieth century…by 2001, we ourselves faced 9/11…and so my question, what is the way forward, the way out of all this?http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki