|The aftermath of the firebombing of Tokyo is the left picture and the aftermath of Hiroshima is the right picture. Not much of a difference between the two.|
Monday, November 21, 2016
Journal 8- Kenzie
I thought that the Logical Insanity podcast was very interesting. I liked that it gave us more of the Americans perspective on the bombing whereas we got the Japanese Perspective from the book Hiroshima. I loved that he dug in to the morality of bombs and the morality behind war. How now we basically have rules where we have decided we would not use certain kinds of weapons on the enemy. Not everything is fair game, even in war. One of my favorite quotes from this podcast is "when is it permissible to kill 100,000 civilians in a Japanese city when you're going to save 10 times or 15 times or 20 times that number. When did it become okay to make these sorts of calculations." He talked about how the atomic bomb was proposed to only be banned for five years at first because they may be able to make it more precise (so they wouldn't harm as large of an area or as many civilians) and that could be a gift to mankind because it would make war much shorter and easier. I found this idea interesting, but I don't necessarily agree with it. In war we have enemies, but a life is still a life and I don't think it is okay to wipe out an entire army group when there may have been other ways to end the war with less casualties. On the other hand, it is not very humane to have things like firebombings, which he also discussed, that were also going on in Japan during WWII. He talked about how eye witnesses from Hiroshima and the firebombings had very similar descriptions of the events. In a lot of ways these were similar and it caused the Japanese to just want an end to it all. Overall this podcast brought up some ideas that I had never thought of before and I learned a lot more about the Americans perspective and why we ended up dropping the atomic bomb.