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Why the U.S. used the Atomic Bomb?

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Why the U.S. used the Atomic Bomb? Dean Stellatos A-period Mr. Hessel World War II On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Tibbetts, was chosen to make the mission. The mission was recorded as successful by Capt. William S. Parson at 9:20 A.M.1 This was an extremely controversial military strategy in the United States. If anyone that fought in World War II and was asked how the war ended, their response would surely be the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There was only one sure way to end the war with Japan, and one option, and that was by unleashing an unknown fury known as the atom bomb. And it is safe to say that this had worked because no more than a month after Japan was bombed, they surrendered. No other method of ending the war could have been as successful as the bombing, and president Harry Truman knew that. There was no convincing to be done, and an invasion would have been useless and would have killed more than lost with the bombings because the war surely would have reached a peak in battling, and would have lengthened the course of the war without a doubt. Clearly, the atom bomb's unmatched power was what had to be done. ...read more.

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Japan lost almost two million people during the war, and yes one tenth of the deaths were civilian, and as a result of the bombings.9 But this was war, and the United States had to make the point that they were on the upper hand in the war, and that any further fighting would only lead to more Japanese and American deaths. And all the Germans got was a mere slap on the wrist, if that, for the horrible events that took place during the holocaust. How can the Germans deserve no punishment from their victims, yet the Japanese still remember that event as a mistake we made. Clearly the Japanese weren't listening to what we had to say, so to fully get their attention, the atom bombs were the sole resort. If the Japanese had aspirations to sign a peace agreement with us, than they should have come out and said it, instead of speaking through Russians to mediate a peace agreement.10 With this, the Americans had no way of knowing if this was just rumor. And also, the only option for peace was an unconditional surrender, to prevent further war as had come from the first world war. The atom bombs on two memorable Japanese cities was the right thing to do, for both us and Japan. ...read more.

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The forming of the United Nations with the United States with a major say on issues, will preserve global peace for many lifetimes. As of now the term "World War 3" doesn't exist among historians, and will not. The American bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended all of the major wars. Japan had quickly learned to put the bombings behind them and continue to function as a country. With the knowledge that defeat was imminent, Japan surrendered t the US and has continued to be with the United States the most economically stable and technologically advanced countries in the world. History must be learned so that past events must not happen again, and that understanding must come from past events. The bombing of Japan was the only time in which any country has used a weapon of that great of power, and hasn't been used since. Not on one occasion since then has any situation arisen in which a bombing would settle world affairs. But it was acceptable in that case because the use of the bomb was worth the loss that came from it, and didn't fail in ending the war against Japan. Stopping a second world war after the first was impossible because a weapon of such quality was never invented yet. But since the infamous day that America first bombed Japan, there has been no world war, there has been no need. ...read more.

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