Why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today

  title={Why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today},
  author={Katherine E. McKinney and Scott Douglas Sagan and Allen S. Weiner},
  journal={Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists},
  pages={157 - 165}
ABSTRACT The archival record makes clear that killing large numbers of civilians was the primary purpose of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; destruction of military targets and war industry was a secondary goal and one that “legitimized” the intentional destruction of a city in the minds of some participants. The atomic bomb was detonated over the center of Hiroshima. More than 70,000 men, women, and children were killed immediately; the munitions factories on the periphery of the city were… 
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