Here is Weigel's article: Truman's Terrible Choice. And here is Paul Fussell's classic — and thoroughly informed — discussion of the matter, which Dave just sent: “Thank God for the Atom Bomb.”
Understanding the past requires pretending that you don’t know the present.Feser notes that "Catholic just war teaching holds that directly and intentionally killing non-combatants is intrinsically evil." Well, in that case, World War II was an unjust war straight across the board, since both sides targeted civilian populations — remember the Blitz and Dresden and Hamburg, etc. So I guess bad guys were bound to win. I presume Feser is happy that the bad guys who did win were the Allies and not the Axis.
It requires feeling its own pressure on your pulses without any ex post facto
I would suggest that philosophy that does not thoroughly engage reality — which is often messy and irrational — is not worth pondering.