Death is a reality. Men should be conscious of that reality. I say men, because the willingness to die fora cause is most likely inherent to our sex. We (the man) were hunters running after wily beasts, and nature most likely gave us the cruel gift to be contentedly conscious of our fate (the jaws of the prehistoric predator before us!) If the soldier can imagine his enemy to be the beast, then perhaps he can die with this intrinsic honor. Throw total war away, leave the unprepared civilian be. The death of a civilian, bombarded by the atomic bomb is beyond all wrongs.

The atom bomb is a manipulated force, the product of the human mind, misdirected to defile humanity and nature simultaneously. It gives the victims no time to prepare their life for their sudden exit, or worse, fora life tortured by atomic mutilation and shame. Maya human be granted a death of peace, or at least, one of honor? The soldier has been forced to accept his role.

Heis fighting for his nation, against another nation, which is his enemy and he, perhaps, can perceive as evil. Perhaps he has considered his death. This will give him honor in that death, an otherwise empty destination. Let they who do not wish to be heroes or enemies, be. It is indeed morally wrong to end a war by killing civilians, regardless of whether their lives will save the lives of soldiers. To save our American soldiers these bombs were hurriedly created by physicists under the guidance of Oppenheimer.

Later he would refer to it as the " scientist's sin'. Perhaps all of human civilization is an atom bomb. We harness nature, in order to destroy both it and ourselves. Yet nothing in our civilization is as overt as the atomic bomb. Who are these moralists? These moralists who bear objective truth?

There is no truth? The atom bomb is natural? It is in our nature to destroy ourselves? So it is inevitable that we would forge the bomb, that our destructive nature would reach for the golden apple. But what is it?

It's a vile apple with worms and rot and dripping poison. We annihilated two cities filled with human civilians, (not living in a democracy, but under an emperor, with no influence on the government's decision to bomb Pearl Harbor), for a golden bomb. It wasn't gold. The United States would not extend an apology years after the fact. An apology would mean nothing. But the absence of a national apology leaves one wondering if we still justify Hiroshima?

There is no honor in the bomb. Itis not gold. The atom bomb is not just. The bombing of Hiroshima was immoral beyond justification.


Lift on, Robert and Greg Mitchell, Hiroshima in America, NY: 1995, Avon Books Hershey, John, Hiroshima NY: 1995, Avon Books.