Sixty-five years ago today, the U.S. Military, that force for all that is good in the world, nearly wiped a second entire city off the face of the earth. The second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki at 11:01 in the morning. More than 40,000 people were instantaneously killed. Many thousands more would die later.
Of course the U.S. government was fully justified. After all, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. That would give the U.S. the justification for slaughtering hundreds of thousands of civilians.
I imagine what we would learn about the atomic bombings had the Germans been the first to use the bomb on New York City or London. Would they be justified in our history books? What if our ally, the Soviet Union bombed Berlin?
Would we still say that they were necessary?