Earlier on this very blog here, the issue of human sacrifice rituals were examined and seen necessarily as propitiatory offerings to particular deities. And that if such spiritual entities actually do exist, they are nourished by these offerings of human blood. On the other hand, even if they don't exist this is still the projected reason for such practices.
Perhaps one could see practices like war and torture in a similar light, that besides being means towards ends, they are also ends in themselves; this end in the case of war being orgiastic human sacrifice rituals with perhaps pride of place to the dropping of the atom bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki over civilian populations, ordered by President Truman in 1945. Truman was a 33rd Degree Freemason and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri 1940-1941; having succeeded to the post of President from 32nd Degree Freemason, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
American diplomats and negotiators in June 1945 told President Truman that the Japanese were seeking to surrender on one condition--that they be allowed to keep their emperor. But President Truman and the United States refused these initial Japanese offers, demanding that Japan surrender unconditionally and agree to give up their emperor- whom the Japanese saw as an inviolate link to the sacred, and of absolute value. Instead of accepting the Japanese desire to surrender, in June and July 1945 American planes, using saturation bombing, firebombed and destroyed 59 out of Japan's 66 largest cities, killing over one million people and leaving 20 million homeless. General Dwight Eisenhower, supreme commander of American forces in Europe, told Secretary of War Stimson "that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary." In July 1945 Eisenhower met with Truman and advised him not to use the bomb. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Admiral Leahy, also advised Truman not to drop the atomic bomb, arguing again that Japan was already defeated.
Back to Truman, and it might be helpful to understand where he saw his priorities. On February 22, 1950 when dedicating the Washington Statue at Memorial Hall, he said the following:
The greatest honor that has come to me, and that can ever come to me in my life, is to be Grand Master of Masons in Missouri.
Grand Master Truman later described the far from benevolent atomic scientist Oppenheimer as "a crybaby scientist", after Oppenheimer became deeply troubled subsequent to the use of the atom bombs over Japan.
Freemasonry views Truman as having ascended towards the very heights of spiritual advancement. In the expectation of seeing some kind of consistency in his character, rather than a schizophrenically divided soul of public and private persona, what might Truman's callousness- pitched to such an extraordinary extreme- tell us about the nature of this spiritual advancement?