Man it always pisses me off when I see this type of thinking used. Do you have any idea how many JAPANESE lives were saved by using the atomic bombs? The only other means of waging war on their home island that we had available involved invasion and mass fire bombing. We killed several times more japanese citizens using those techniques than we did with the atomic bombs. If we had mounted a full scale invasion of the island and major cities, ten times the number of civilians would have been killed. The atomic bombs were a display, required to bring about a quick end to the conflict, and they were used precisely because we really did not want to go in and bomb the crap out of tokyo, with it's millions of civilians and houses made of paper and wood. It was the only way to quickly end the war and it saved hundreds of thousands of lives....ours AND theirs. Nothing else could have gotten their emperor to concede defeat. The culture was honor based, fight to the death, and the politicians in Japan had the citizens and soldiers convinced we were cannibals and ate our prisoners of war. The Atomic bombs weren't morally wrong. They were mercy compared with the alternative, and done primarly because it saved lives, not because it ended so many. The US knee-jerk reaction to Pearl Harbor, with the internment of legal American citizens who happened to be Japenese, or the systematic genocide and destruction of Native American cultures and people are examples of really messed up decisions that the United States has made.