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Answered 2007-07-01 11:54:40

The American answer at the time was "no" because it shortened the war, a war which they had not started, thus saving many lives. But many would say "yes" because:

1) Horrendous civilian suffering resulted from it.
2) It put, and puts to this day, America in an invidious position as the only country in the world to have deliberately inflicted atomic weapons on their fellow human beings. This is not good news for America at a time when its reputation internationally is already, for many people, that of a murderous and unscrupulous bully.

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