On one hand, it was a graphic demonstration of why global wars were no longer feasible.
On the other hand, we dropped nukes on civilians.
I don't really know what to think. It was awful as hell, but so were world wars, and without the bomb, we'd have kept having them.
That's true.. Maybe it's better to just let it be a 'damn thing that happened' rather than take a side. I guess I'd just really like to know if that was really thought out. I mean Truman doesn't strike me as intelligent to consider those ramifications and the way he reacted when he heard the news -- all giddylike -- seems to indicate that he was more power drunk than contemplative.
The 20th century was, in my opinion, the most barbaric era mankind ever indulged in. So of course they dropped the bombs.
This. So much this.
And there was plenty of barbarism outside of the bombs, or WWII in general. The Modern Era was rife with running with technology and the idea of "what can we do to kill the other side faster/stronger/more horrifically than the other guys" without stopping to think. WWI is an excellent example of this. The way warfare technology moved in a period from 1914 to 1919 was INSANE. It became a game of "can we top this?" instead of, "How can we stop this?"
Politics had changed from the kingdoms and empires of the Middle Ages into democracies, dictatorships, and communist states in what was probably a direct result of the industrial revolution. Barriers were broken so fast, nobody gave a fuck.
I'm happy you replied because I've been thinking about Roger's comment on and off today.
WWI was really that time when technology and warfare wedded. Like a kid with a new toy, every country wanted to show off. Only they were adults with millions of lives on the line. The bomb seemed to be the capper. Like that moment in Lord of the flies when they got rescued and everyone realized how fucked up they were being.
Only it was a reality that couldn't be reversed.
No, world war I was when that wedding took place. It was far more awful in terms of carnage.
I would further argue that the wedding was inevitable. There was courtship as early as the American Civil War (birth of machine guns, ironclad hulls, though you could argue the American revolution, with rudimentary submarines. Not being Amerocentric intentionally, it's just that those are the noticeable beginnings of modern war tech from a perspective I'm familiar with). But ultimately, humans have always been at war with each other. WWI just happened to break out at a particular point of runaway technological progress.