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On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. (National Archives)

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Study: Most Americans would favor dropping the bomb over a conventional ground war

Are nuclear weapons no longer taboo?

In a world of political posturing grown turbulent, when saber-rattling has become louder than in the past, political scientists from Stanford University and Dartmouth College decided to ask a question: Would Americans support the use of nuclear weapons against civilians to force a nation to surrender?