Argument: The bombing of Japan was an act of war/terrorism

Issue Report: Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Historical accounts indicate that the decision to use the atomic bombs was made in order to provoke an early surrender of Japan by use of an awe-inspiring power. These observations have caused some commentators to state that the incident was an act of “war terrorism”. Michael Walzer wrote, “… And, finally, there is war terrorism: the effort to kill civilians in such large numbers that their government is forced to surrender. Hiroshima seems to me the classic case.”[1]