These same people would not be second guessing anything if we spoke
And not everyone who was responsible for the decision to drop the bomb
had allegiance to the Pope.
Yes, it was a heinous use of force at the time, but it seems the world has
learned many lessons from that act, in addition to ending a brutal war.
An enemy that is trying to kill you is to be taken seriously, especially an
enemy with the scruples of the Japanese at that time. The whole
earth and its inhabitants were worn out from the years of battle. Putting
an end to WW2 was a good thing.
The only reason that we made the attack on Japan with the atom bombs was to crush the Japanese after their attack on Pearl Harbour, not as a last ditch effort to end the war. Even if it was to end the war, Catholic doctrine teaches us that the end DOES NOT justify the means.
The Japanese weren't geared up for any further attack past Pearl Harbour...in fact...it's reported that the Pearl Harbour attack was to appear not to eager in the course of its surrender.
I've been to Hiroshima. I've seen evidence of the destruction wrought. My grandfather was nearby where the bombs were dropped in Japan...and he said that the destruction was just plain disgusting and devastating. He said that people were walking around alive with their skin hanging off of them and worse...and that he shared, like many of the Japanese who were hit with the heavy radiation, the death of his thyroid and subsequent radiation related illnesses. He lost all his teeth eventually.
How do you ever justify vaporizing people...and not giving them the chance to have recourse to a priest for last rites??