I think that I have finally come to a place of peace regarding the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: it should not have been used.
On the one hand, it is certain that the atomic bomb probably saved more lives than it took. That is true. However, that fact does not rule out the flip side: innocent civilians (including women and children) were killed. It sounds too much like the end justifying the means. In war-time, the only people that are candidates for “dying for his country,” as Patton would put it, are the soldiers. Therefore, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not acceptable targets, however many military installations had been put there. The bomb is too indescriminate in a case like that. One bomb should have been dropped far enough outside of Tokyo not to cause damage, but close enough that the effects of it could be seen clearly. That would have sent a clear message that the Emperor was not invincible.