Sacrifice the Value of a Human Life to Convenience (2)
Yesterday, August 6th, is a day 60 years ago, we remember as the day when the United States exploded an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. This act and the act a few days later of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, appears to me an example of sacrificing the value of human life, hundreds of thousands, for convenience. Perhaps you may find the term “convenience” is not appropriate but I think it is. The U.S. government gave the excuse that the atomic bombing was the quickest way to end World War II and prevent the deaths of U.S. soldiers in an invasion of Japan. In this regard, it was “convenient” that there was an atomic bomb that could be put into use. Convenient that using this weapon invasion might not be necessary. And after Nagasaki, Japan promptly surrendered.
Each of lives taken at the moment of the explosions and those who died later from the effects of the blasts and the radiation sickness and cancers that followed already had a history and established values that were sacrificed. Were these sacrificings for a cause the same as preventing implantation of a fertilized ovum or the death of a frozen embryonic cell cluster? I think not. The morality of a woman sacrificing potential human life, yet unborn for her purpose is quite different than society finding a rational purpose to kill those already born and living. ..Maurice.