The first part of the argument is that since Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, killing around 3,000 U.S. military personnel, our revenge on them was justifiable. This is not so. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was a lamentable act of violence during WWII; however, this violence was directly aimed at the U.S. military, a reasonable target, not at innocent American citizens. Pearl Harbor was a military base, and although a few citizens inhabited the area, most of the fatalities were soldiers and other people affiliated with the military. This act, therefore, is more justified within the realm of war, because the attack was purely directed at the United States Military.
In compliance with the previous argument, because America has been unjustly attacked before, we should be able to act in a similar way in war, such as displayed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The ridiculousness of this statement is fairly ob...
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