During the final stage of World War II, the United States dropped nuclear weapons 'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man' on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The United States had dropped the bombs with the consent of the United Kingdom as outlined in the Quebec Agreement. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.
The World War II was a horrifying conflict. Between soldiers and civilians, around 70 million people died. Civilian deaths numbered anywhere from 40-55 million of the total dead, depending on the estimate and what deaths it's including.
Germany and Japan were the aggressors in their particular theaters of war. They caused the war. Germany violated the Treaty of Versailles multiple times, Germany invaded other countries. If Japan doesn't invade Manchuria there's no second Sino-Japanese War.
Japan was an aggressor towards the United States. The US was a non-participant at the time Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
As mentioned above, there were tremendous civilian casualties throughout the war. World War II was a total war. Nations were completely committed to the war, so ultimately everything became a potential target. Axis powers bombed civilian areas as did the Allies. These bombings were intended to destroy civilian infrastructure, and to kill and demoralize civilians.
Germany bombed civilian targets in Poland, The Netherlands, the Soviet Union and the UK. (As part of the Blitz, the Luftwaffe bombed London for 57 consecutive nights.) The German attacks on civilians in Poland, the Netherlands, and the UK all happened before the US entered the war.
Japan bombed civilians in cities in China between 1937 and 1943. The US didn't declare war until after Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.
The Soviets bombed civilian targets in Finland and elsewhere in eastern Europe.
The US and the UK bombed civilian targets in Germany and Japan. The total civilian deaths in Germany were about 1.1 million. The total civilian deaths in Japan were around 500,000.
Out of these widespread civilian deaths, people are selecting 2 events and insisting they be singled out for punishment. Glossing over 55 million civilian deaths, and pointing at 2 bombings that combined to instantly kill 100,000-150,000 people. And contextually ignoring the other 54.8 million civilian deaths during World War II. Ignoring the 100,000 that died in the Tokyo firebombing, the 25,000-35,000 that died in Dresden, the 45,000 that died in Hamburg, the 40,000 that died in the UK just during the Blitz, and many, many, many others.
How can one argue the US deserves punishment for the deaths of approximately 500,000 Japanese civilians during nuclear and conventional firebombing, when Japan caused 7 to 11 million civilian deaths in China through military action or war crimes?
Why is the US dropping 1 atomic bomb that kills tens of thousands ethically worse than Japan bombing Chongqing for 5 years, killing tens of thousands with conventional weapons?
How can one criticize the ethics of the strategies of the Allied powers when they mirrored, and were often responses to strategies of Germany and Japan? How can one criticize the ethics of US military strategies, when the situations they were responding to developed between other combatants prior to the US entry to the war?
The US was a non-combatant at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and that event single-handedly ended US isolationism and caused the US entry into World War II.
We recall the World War II that lasted from 1939 to 1945. We recall the bombings that killed millions of soldiers as well as civilians and pay our heartfelt tributes to the people who were killed, maimed and injured.
Even after seven decades, people and families who suffered, live under the trauma and there is adverse impact on them as person, as family and as mankind.
War doesnt gives anything to anybody. It just takes away everything from everybody.