I always wondered why “we” dropped not one, but two atomic bombs on Japan. Here’s one version of the history. Notice that the same attitudes that pervade those in decision-making roles then still prevail: the concern for efficiency, dramatic effect, love of destructive power, complete lack of empathy for people killed or mutilated or diseased, operators sitting at controls far away from intended target . . . on and on.
This is a long, devastating piece that I found on business insider, well worth reading, if you can stand it. You might want to practice remaining aware of your breathing while working your way through it.