I can only repeat what the Church teaches: in a just war, such as the US war on Japan (and certainly in any other kind of war), it is immoral to deliberately target civilians. The attacks on Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki violated the Catholic principles of just war.
If the civilians are not part of the war effort. This may have been true back when "civilians" were pulling turnips in the field while the knight was off on a crusade. It's much less true when the "civilian" is working in a munitions factory or other enterprise directly supporting the war.
posted on 04/15/2010 6:44:43 PM PDT
Every worker in the country that is at war is supporting the war effort, even if only engaged in agriculture. This is not a valid distinction, and besides, there was no significant military installations in at least some of these three sites. Further, it was not even intended to disrupt the military supplies: the motivation is documented and it was to instill fear.
posted on 04/15/2010 7:03:08 PM PDT
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