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Was the dropping of the A bombs justified? The year is 1945 in the city of Hiroshima, on the 6th of august. The whole city is packed

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Was the dropping of the A bombs justified? The year is 1945 in the city of Hiroshima, on the 6th of august. The whole city is packed and little do they know that the first ever A bomb is going to fall on top of them at 8:15. This bomb, nicknamed "little boy" quite literally vaporised people in the epicentre. People that even looked at the bomb were blinded, possibly the worst fate of all was to be one of thousands who thought they were safe but in fact they had been exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. To be sick and die not knowing what was wrong with you. Next a statement from the president of the USA, Harry Truman, warned Japan that if they did not now surrender they could "expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth". This is exactly what they got when they failed to surrender. This time a plutonium bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. ...read more.

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America and Britain were struggling in the war for the pacific and the Japanese were not going to surrender easily. America and Britain had lost substantial numbers of troops. At that time the decision may have seemed simple at the time because the allies were just finding out about the terrible things that the Japanese were doing to the allied prisoners of war. One P.O.W wrote in his book about his time in Japan that "these bombs saved many more lives than the tens of thousands that they killed. They saved the lives tens of thousands of prisoners of war, hundreds of thousands of allied servicemen and almost certainly the lives of millions of Japanese." This extract would suggest that this P.O.W was in favour of the atom bomb. However, the effects of the bomb were so terrible that we must ask why Truman decided to use it. Was this the only option Truman had? After all, there is evidence to suggest that the war was almost won. ...read more.

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The world had judged Truman and concluded that he did the right thing. However, more evidence has emerged. There is evidence that the Japanese had tried to surrender several times but that their offer had been rejected. Doubts have crept in. Did Truman really have no option but to use the atomic bomb? Or was he prepared to use this phenomenal weapon to prove something to the world. Quite frankly I don't think it is possible to tell which it was. The boost the war effort or the mans ego? And Finally to the conclusion my original hypothesis that Truman was wrong to drop the bombs may have been correct but not for the reasons that I put. Now I believe that If Truman sincerely wanted to end the war he would have accepted the Japanese offers of surrender. The Fact that he didn't showed that he has no respect of human life. Over 40,000 men, women and children were killed by quite possibly his rash, selfish actions. On the other hand if the Japanese hadn't offered to surrender then maybe he did the only thing he thought was right. ...read more.

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