On Aug. 6, the United States marks the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing’s mixed legacy. The leader of our democracy purposefully executed civilians on a mass scale.It's from an article explaining the theory that the Japanese surrendered because of the Soviet invasion of Japan, which happened after the bombing of Hiroshima, not because of the bombing itself, and not because of reasons that already existed before the bombing. Worth reading.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Anscombe was clearly appalled by the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm always tempted to read her example of the judicial execution of someone known to be innocent as a reference to this bombing. But it seems a slightly odd way to characterize it. Why not call it murder, say, rather than execution? So this is probably a temptation I should resist. But I was struck by the second sentence quoted below from the Boston Globe: