Was America Justified Research Paper

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Was America justified in dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945? The Atomic bomb was dropped on 6th August 1945 on Hiroshima and on 9th August on Nagasaki, Japan by the order president of America, Harry S. Truman. These two events are the only use of nuclear weapons in history up to date. In most of Europe war had ended, but in Asia, Japan were still resisting. With the recent surprise attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), America was thinking on launching a full scale invasion. However it was said that there would be too many casualties on both sides Was America justified in using the atomic bomb? In my opinion America was justified because America had only attempted to end the war and they gave Japan a chance to surrender…show more content…
The destruction cause by the bomb is one major justification for why it should not have been used. Another justification to why the bomb should not have been dropped is that Japan was already about to surrender. One historian, Mark Weber, writes how unnecessary the bomb was, saying, “By any rational yardstick, they were not. Japan already had been defeated militarily by June 1945. Almost nothing was left of the once mighty Imperial Navy, and Japan's air force had been all but totally destroyed. Against only token opposition, American war planes ranged at will over the country, and US bombers rained down devastation on her cities, steadily reducing them to rubble.” His point of view is like much the other people who believe that that Japan was ready to surrender with or without dropping the A-bomb. If Japan made the poor choice of staying in the war they would not be able to survive for long. As the Manhattan Project neared completion, some scientists and government officials suggested alternatives to using the atomic bomb. For example, an explicit warning to Japan by a demonstration of the bomb; agreeing to conditional surrender. That would be much better compared to having the bomb dropped and causing many civilian casualties or just have dropped it on Hiroshima as the one in Nagasaki would be unnecessary as Japan realize destruction that the atom bomb can

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