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indelibly imprinted within the memories of anyone who has either been there, lived during that time, or read accounts of the episode. Clearly the author leans toward the belief that the dropping of the bomb at Hiroshima was justified and useful, albeit, tragic, and with the passing of every year, the implications are magnified. He further speculates upon what would have been if the bomb had been dropped sooner. Graphic and vivid images are called into account as the author underscores the moral vagaries which pervade this story, and the soldier’s view is spotlighted when, “With the eyes coming at you firing, do you shoot him in the foot, hoping he’ll be hurt badly enough to drop or mis-aim the gun with which he’s going to kill you, or do you shoot him in the chest and

make certain he stops being your mortal enemy?” It would be stupid to expect soldiers to be very sensitive humanitarians (Paul Fussell). The author regards Harry Truman as a democrat (not a Fascist) and had the experience of commanding a small unit of ground troops in the war. But is his argument short-sighted? Certainly, Michael Walzer indicates that it is in his essay on Hiroshima: An Act of Terrorism, who characterizes Hiroshima as exactly that (an act of terrorism) and nothing more. To a large extent, Walzer’s essay on Hiroshima is a reaction to Paul Fussell, who himself engaged in combat in the Pacific in 1945. Walzer writes of a “code” which military men live by as do honorable men, and in the case of Hiroshima, this code was broken and violated. Walzer says that

Truman’s first responsibility was to American soldiers, but he himself was not without responsibility, and given the state of our political and moral order, with which Hiroshima probably has something to do, aren’t we all more likely to be the victims than the beneficiaries of terrorist attacks? (Michael Walzer) Clearly, we are witnessing two diametrically opposed positions toward the same act. Harry Truman spoke noblistically about the war effort and the actions, I.E. Hiroshima, which he condoned. The issue as espoused by Walzer and Fussell assume a somewhat different color when viewed from the perspective of the President of the U.S. with the various political, military and international (legal) considerations. Stylistically, there is a contrast between the two authors. In

the case of Paul Fussell, I would characterize his discourse as more literary, although by comparison weaker philosophically. Walzer approaches the infamous event from a greater philosophical and moral perspective, in which he (in my opinion) succeeds in making his case. This is not to say that Hiroshima was necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, but from a philosophical and moralistic perspective, Walzer appears more erudite. However, erudition and literacy aside, there are serious implications and pronouncements in the writings of Paul Fussell within his more dramatic and figurative essay. He writes as a man who has known and seen battle and expresses himself from a vantage perspective which is both practical and moral. 355