It is one of the most frequently asked questions regarding the war, were the dropping of the two Atomic Bombs "Fat man" and "Little boy" a war crime after all? There are many different ways to look at it, for example Concidering the fact that thousands of woman and children, (civilians) for that matter were incincerated in a split second. The people farther away from the blast were likely blinded by staring at it and/or diagnosed with extremly high amounts of radiation poisioning and died anywhere from hours to days at a time. Since these were civilian targets wouldn't this be concidered...immoral? It's understood that if the Americans launched Operation Downfall (The invasion of the Japanese mainland), millions of young men would have died and Stalin (who also had plans on invading Japan) would have likely sent troops there too, this would have caused even more tension between these two superpowers (USA and the USSR) So yes the bombs saved the lives of millions of young Americans, but it also took the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese civilians.