Were the Atomic Bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki a crime against humanity ?

Given that Japan were already on the verge of surrendering, and the US knowing too well the devastation these bombs could and would cause,  dropped them on a foreign land anyway.

140,00 died in Hiroshima and a further 75 thousand in Nagasaki.

Japan's Emperor Hirohito addressed the nation on a radio broadcast where he blamed the use of a "new and most cruel bomb" for Japans unconditional surrender.

He added: "Should we continue to fight, it would not only result in the ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but would lead also to the total extinction of human civilisation."

One must wonder, what positives if any came out of dropping those bombs and cruelly killing a quarter of a million men, women and children.

Is this America's greatest achievement to date ? obliterating almost a quarter of a million Japanese innocents ?

Update:

@jijawm - "Then the invention of flight ...."

source(s) please ?

I always believed flight was a BRITISH invention...oh well go ahead and steal 'another one' from us too then.  Those who know the truth don't bicker or squabble ;-)

* disproving shake of the head *

also

@Warren T,  watch your tone..

Update 2:

edit: * disapproving *

i do beg your pardon ^_^

silly keyboard..

Update 3:

@ Mark J:  What evidence do you have the Japanese government was on the verge of surrendering?

I'll show you just how much - THIS MUCH ' '

* practicaly none heh *

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  • 4 months ago
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    The 2nd world war was the last total war: Using the A Bombs to end the global conflict was a means to and end, it may seem odd to hear but it did save lives.

    Japan was not war crime free, Much of what the Japanese did to Chinese / Koreans and military captives has never been talked about openly. mean cruelty was normal treatment for prisoners. for many death was a happy release from the vile treatment  they got. NO one should have any bit of sympathy for the Japanese. They would have used the A bomb on pearl harbour if they had  one.   

  • Rick
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    nope ......................................

  • david
    Lv 4
    4 months ago

    All wars, and hence acts thereof, are crimes. 

  • Ann
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    No. They were dropped because a million soldiers, let alone Japanese, would die if we had to invade Japan. Japan didn't even surrender after Hiroshima. They forced us to drop the one on Nagasaki. They were warned but they refused to surrender. They also started the war. It wouldn't have happened otherwise.

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  • 4 months ago

    THERE WERE A LOT OF GI'S INCLUDING MY FATHER THAT WERE VERY GLAD THEY DROPPED THOSE TWO BOMBS

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Japan wasn't in the same area code as surrendering and refused to surrender even after the first bomb was dropped! It was war time and Japan committed many atrocities and crimes against humanity! Their armies tortured POWs and tried to invade other countries! When they unprovokedly bombed Pearl harbor they opened themselves up to a retaliatory war response which meant anything goes!

  • Mark J
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    What evidence do you have the Japanese government was on the verge of surrendering?

    After the second bomb was dropped it took the Japanese  several days to surrender, some government advisers were asserting the US couldn't have (m)any more bombs.. they were right there was one more device in the US.

    It was the invasion of the Kuriles by the Soviet Union that finally tipped the Japanese  government to accept the allies  terms and surrender.

    To pretend the Japanese were about to surrender is a new excuse. There is no doubt that the dropping of two nuclear devices shortened the war by many months, arguably years and saved hundreds of thousands of Allied casualties.

  • 4 months ago

    humanity is non-ex-stance and muse of the hypothetical 

    crimes have to have victims in name and perpetrator by name

    being on the verge of surrender is not the same AS SURRENDER

    people were still dying a japan had committed to invasion and fright door to door the invaders to last women and child

    the firebombing was far worse than the nuke bombs and the extreme manner of the bombs created the end,, but it took TWO 

    japan still refused to surrender after the first 

    japan started the war and thus the criminal in this event 

     Bombing of Tokyo

    The Bombing of Tokyo was a series of firebombing air raids by the United States Army Air Forces during the Pacific campaigns of World War II. Operation Meetinghouse, which was conducted on the night of 9–10 March 1945, is the single most destructive bombing raid in human history. Of central Tokyo 16 square miles were destroyed, leaving an estimated 100,000 civilians dead and over one million homeless.Wikipedia

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    No indeed. The Japanese to this day pretend that we just suddenly dropped bombs on them, entirely unprovoked, and deny that they had even ever started a war with us. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Japanese sneak attacked US at Pearl Harbor and murdered many Americans and invade the Philippines where the Japanese soldiers would throw Filipino babies up into the air and catch them on the points of their bayonets. Americans were death marched on the Batan Death March and imprisoned by Kawasaki and Mitsubishi in POW camps where they were beaten with chains and starved. Americans were beheaded while other Americans watched and, when it looked like Americans would be freed near the war's end, the Japanese poured gasoline on our troops and set them ablaze. There's no guarantee that we could have won a land invasion of Japan. We'd already lost so many American lives. The Japanese would have had the advantage in a land invasion, of no problem with supply lines and the entire civilian population attacking us, that, we were really fighting for our lives. Japan, to this day, are LYING.

  • 4 months ago

    Japan was nowhere close to surrendering.  And the US did not know the full destructiveness of what they had - up to that time, only empty desert had been bombed.

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