1945, on August 6 and August 9, The United States detonated atomic bombs on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Japan. These nuclear weapons lead to very tragic results. Although the exact number is unknown, more than 100.000 innocent people killed and thousands of people died because they were exposed to radiation. Lots of people suffered from cancer and many children had genetic diseases. The United States detonated these bombs because Japan has not surrendered. Thereupon Truman, who was the president of the USA, decided to drop these bombs on Japan. Truman’s decision leads to the catastrophe and the effects of this catastrophe are still underway.
We all have some rights as human beings. Deceased Japanese people also had these rights, such as positive and negative rights; objective and subjective rights; moral, political and legal rights and unalienable rights. In this case, we see that these rights have been violated by the United States.Many innocent people, including children and women, died because of the atomic bombs. Their right to life was taken from their hands. In other words, their unalienable rights were violated. The United States investigated secretly to find out the busiest time. Because America wanted to harm too many people.Also, the purpose of these nuclear weapons was much more harmful than other weapons. Nuclear weapons were first used by the United States and this use, which took place in the Second World War, was the only example in the history of war.
In my opinion, this is not ethical because moral rights are violated of Japanese people. According to the law of war, civilian population and settlement areas should not be damaged by war. However, the United States had no intention to obey this rule. Civilians and settlement areas were damaged and this was a war crime, which against human rights, humanity and law of the civilian. Besides, William Leahy, who was Truman’s Chief of Staff, described that “use to the atomic bomb in the war is against any kind of Christian ethics and law of war”. Also, I think that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are about negative rights. Negative rights contain civil rights and right to life is a civil right. More than 100.000 people were killed as a result of the atomic bombs. According to article 3rd of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which announced in 1948, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”. And article 6th of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which announced in 1966, says that “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life”.