Anders Breivik, the Norweigan who has admitted the mass killings in Oslo and at a summer camp last summer, in the second day of his trial invoked Hiroshima to justify his act of terror. Just as the United States acted morally in bombing Hiroshima and other attacks on civilians because the Americans had a good end in mind- ending the war, averting American losses that would have entailed from an invasion- so Mr Breivik, whose own goal was averting a Marxist/Muslim takeover of his country, claims he was justified in killing 77 people, most of whom were children of Labor Party members.
Those who kill mass numbers of people in the name of some perceived greater good always invoke their moral aims as justification; Truman did the same.
For those of us who think consequentialism is evil, the face of Andres Breivik reveals where that path leads. It is alway wrong to intentionally kill innocent people, and no good end justifies evil: not the salvation of your nation, not averting imagined future evils, not ending a horrid war.
And it is pity we live in the country which sets the standard for terrorists.