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Response to Zalatix (Reply #22)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 04:33 PM

30. Well, I do not support the bombing of Hiroshima

I believe the bombing of Hiroshima was thoroughly unjustified, and that the story of the ongoing surrender negotiations is something that gets short shrift in the argument for its necessity.

Same with Dresden.

However, you are confusing morality with law.

On the question of whether Truman had the legal authority to order the use of the bomb in Hiroshima, I tend to believe he did.

Whether or not it was right, is an entirely different question.

So, given your changed view on Hiroshima, do you further contend that Truman did not have the legal authority to order the bombing?

If you think that "legal" and "right" have a necessary relationship to each another, then I don't think I'm the one who doesn't understand law.

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