On this day in 1945, President Harry S. Truman approved the killing of between 90,000 and 120,000 Japanese people in Hiroshima, Japan. Millions had already died in the global conflict.
This photo shows the shadowy, vaporized remains of the clothing, hair and skin of 42-year-old Mitsuno Ochi. She was waiting for the Sumitomo Bank to open to withdraw interest on a deposit. The bank was 850 feet from the hypocenter, and Ochi died about a second after the bomb was dropped when a fireball with a surface temperature of 9,000 degrees Fahrenheit rolled through the streets.
Three days later, Truman directed the military to drop another bomb on Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands of people. The massive and immediate death toll prompted Emperor Hirohito to announce the country’s unconditional surrender on Aug. 15, 1945
QUESTION: Is it morally acceptable to kill thousands of people, many of whom are not directly involved with a military conflict? If yes, describe another real-world example of a situation when this would be acceptable.