70 years ago, on August 6th, 1945 US aircrafts dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan… a few days later Nagasaki experienced a similar blast. Both bombs detonated a few hundred meters above the cities creating a massive wave of radiation and heat. Thousands of people died instantly; many more in the following months in horrible agony.
How do we critically measure the kind of devastation in Japan? How do we reconcile the military actions of one nation against another, where in the absence of such action greater loss of life would occur?
I often find myself contemplating these seemingly malformed questions without concrete answers.