AMERICAN NOTES: The Moral Question

War by its nature raises some of the most difficult moral questions that men must face. Obviously, these dilemmas have grown infinitely graver as technology has equipped the allegedly civilized nations with the hardware for inflicting catastrophic destruction. Was Hiroshima necessary in order to save the lives that would have been lost in an invasion of Japan? Did the firebombings of Dresden hasten the end of the war in Europe?

The bombings of North Viet Nam also aroused doubts—moral questions that would persist even though the bombing was halted as abruptly as it...

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