That redefinition of morality was a product of World War II, which included such barbarities as Germany’s systematic murder of six million Jews and Japan’s rape of Nanking. While the worst atrocities were perpetrated by the Axis, all the major nation-states sliced away at the moral code — often to the applause of their leaders and citizens alike. By 1945 there were few moral restraints left in what had become virtually a total war. Even F.D.R.’s prewar concern for sparing enemy civilians had fallen by the wayside. In that new moral climate, any nation that had the A-bomb would probably have used it against enemy peoples. British leaders as well as Joseph Stalin endorsed the act. Germany’s and Japan’s leaders surely would have used it against cities. America was not morally unique — just technologically exceptional. Only it had the bomb, and so only it used it.
Source: The Atomic Bombings Reconsidered
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November 1, 1945 was schedule for the invasion of Japan.
Who knows how many on both side would have died?
WW2’s “tactics” really ended the protection of non-combatant civilians.
So why should we be surprised that “terrorism” has emerged as the tool of Fifth Generation asymmetrical warfare?
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