Cry out, flash, covered eyes no use as light invades the whole of being, ripping away all sight, all feeling.
Blessed numbness, as skin and flesh are blasted with the heat of a thousand suns.
Skinless horrors, once family, friends, dragging shattered bodies through the charred waste, moaning after an unquenchable thirst burning your throat too.
Falling into puddles of black to drink their death.
I desperately wish that were all poetic hyperbole but accounts and photos of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki attest to it's accuracy. The 63rd anniversary of the bombings was only a few short weeks ago and each year it's a meditation on the depths of depravity man sinks to under the banner of "necessary evil."
1) Moral evil - doing something wrong, or not doing something you should do. The man holds back vital information in court, the husband cheats on his wife etc. We'll call this evil "wrong."
2) Material evil - a thing lacking a good that it should have. The body having cancer, the piano being out of key, the apple being rotten etc. We'll call this evil "disorder."
In order to evaluate the "necessary evil" justification of the bombings two questions have to be answered: Were the bombings wrong? Is doing wrong ever necessary? The first question is needed because if the bombings were the right thing to do or neutral then "necessary evil" would translate to "necessary disorder" and then the issue devolves into the expediency of military strategy and not something that should polarise nations in controversy.
Regarding the first question, most of the victims of the bombings were innocent civilians who were not combatants and who were not responsible for the conflict. They were not accidental collateral damage, they were deliberately targeted. Nothing justifies the deliberate killing of innocent people! It's wrong.
Regarding the second question, a necessity is something I ought to do and wrong is what I oughtn't do. Therefore asking "is doing wrong ever necessary?" is the same as asking whether I ought to do something I oughtn't do! This is a self contradiction and leads to one conclusion, doing wrong is never necessary, and saying so is an attempt to justify doing wrong. If you really think it's necessary then you think it's right to do and any "necessary evil" is nothing more than unfortunate disorder.
Do you really think the horrific bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were just cases of "unfortunate disorder"?