Morally wrong. Strategically right...unfortunately and sadly.
I lived in Japan starting in 1960 from a toddler on to 4th grade. I have great respect for the Japanese people. Unfortunately, Josh is right in his assessment of the Japanese military during the war. And no one and I mean no one treated the innocent Japanese citizens as bad as their own military did. I saw the bones in the caves on Okinawa of the innocent citizens the Japanese military forced their people to cram into. it's all on YouTube " The Caves of Okinawa" also "Suicide Cliff". I saw that too. The whole thing was a travesty on BOTH sides.
Was it right to murder millions of innocent people? HelI no. Did it end WW2? HelI yes.
I believe that specific people, factories, and buildings should have been targeted, instead of entire cities containing civilians. Civilian casualties are hard to avoid, but those bombings were murder.
No it wasn't, even though it did end the war. They should have found a way to target more specific people (like maybe a war arsenal or camp?) instead of an entire city. All it did was kill innocent people and children.
That's a tough call. In the end I believe more lives would have been lost in a protracted war fought with conventional means which almost certainly would have been the prospect without the bombings. That said, the bombs indiscriminately killed women, children, and other helpless civilians. In war terrible things are perpetrated by both sides. Sometimes what is right and what is necessary are two different things.
Hell yes If the Marines invaded the Japanese mainland, there would have been just as many casualties. Even more without a doubt, the Army (probably even the rest of the allies) would have mopped up Europe, and headed over to Japan to help out. The Japanese did not see it as a war that they did not want, they were balls to the walls krazy, and even the citizens would have fought as hard as a slant eyed drill instructors. Now they're surrounded, and when you're surrounded, you might as well start throwing whatever you can in all directions. There would have been countless deaths if an invasion happened.
By dropping the bombs, it cost Japan a couple of hundred thousand lives, the minimum cost of Allied lives was put at THREE MILLION, if we had to invade Japan!!!!! It that case it was certainly worth it!!!
A moral law was broken. There was also a moral responsibility to end a war that would have caused many, many, more deaths, among allies, and Japanese alike. War itself is Immoral, it had to be stopped, to save a million or more lives. The Japanese intended to fight until the last person was dead. Many more would have died than were killed by the bombs. Right or wrong, sometimes the end does justify the means. The bombs did save more lives than they took.
No facet of war is morally right. War, in fact, is the complete abdication of morality, the ultimate insanity. At the time, Americans wanted retribution for the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor.....they got it, in spades. Is the killing of 250,000 non-combatants (the estimated toll of the A-bombs) ever justified?......We Americans live with a dark history.
I think it had to be done. It's different for us to look back with a detached perspective and speculate about lives lost and military strategy than it was for those at the time. Our past was their future. They didn't know ahead of time what would happen. We can look back at what did happen and moralize about it. The Japanese saw their Emperor as a God and to them it was better to die than surrender. We had to drop two bombs. The Emperor still didn't surrender after the first one. Yes it was horrible but would the alternative have been more horrible? I think so.
It was a WAR! Was it morally right for them to slaughter thousands on a quiet sunday morning, many of the dead civilians? Were toture and death marches the Japs forced on enemy soldiers, including Americans morally right? War might be justifiable but its never moral. It did finally end the war in the pacific too, so....
I hate to answer a question with another, but tell me this: was it morally right for Japan to bomb Pearl Harbor? I won't be drawn into a debate on the morality of war. I believe the principle of reaping and sowing is an immutable truth, and the morality issue only supports that. It's tragic loss of humanity, but it's a harsh reality of the human condition. My grandfather was en route to invade Japan when they dropped the first bomb. They were ordered to retreat because the invasion was no longer needed, saving countless American servicemen. No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win a war by making the other poor bastard die for his country.