Sunday, August 6, 2017
The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, japan on August 6, 1945. Thousands of people were instantly carbonized in a blast that was thousands of times hotter than the sun's surface.
By the end of the day an estimated 160,000 were dead or injured.
Harry Truman, the then President of the Unites States who had ordered Hiroshima destroyed, later said: "We have discovered the most terrible weapon in the history of the world".
J Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant scientist who oversaw the building of the bomb, famously said after the first test detonation: "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."
Truman's successor, President Dwight Eisenhower, also had reservations. In a 1963 interview with Newsweek magazine, he said: "The Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing." The examination of the morality of acts of war is an important exercise.