The Rape of Nanking and the U.S. Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Question: In what way do the atrocities committed by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army in China in 1937-38, especially those included under the rubric of “the Rape of Nanking,” justify the U.S. government’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945?
Answer: In no way whatsoever.
Question: Why then do so many of the Americans who defend the atomic bombings bring up the Rape of Nanking as part of their argument?
Hypothesis: They do so because their thinking is completely collectivistic. They think: “The Japanese committed atrocities in Nanking; therefore it is only just that the Japanese suffered the retribution of having

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