By any rational appraisal the deployment of nuclear weapons against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 6th and 9th of August 1945 clearly fell under the definition of crimes against humanity. Over one hundred thousand were killed and hundreds of thousands more were injured or otherwise effected by the long-lasting physical and psychological effects of the bombings. Combating and defeating the evil of Japanese imperialism with an almost greater evil (“almost” because more civilians died at the hands of the Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan between 1937 and 1945 than through the actions of the United States Armed Forces) was no justification for releasing the atomic genie from its academic prison, even with the exigencies of the Second World War.
However the madness has not gone away, if only slightly receded, as this video animation by the Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto aptly illustrates:
“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”