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Were the Americans justified in dropping the Atomic Bombs on Japan in 1945?

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Were the Americans justified in dropping the Atomic Bombs on Japan in 1945? Some people may agree with this statement because they might think that if they didn't respond to the attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese they would appear weak to other countries and they would be more likely to be attacked in the future if they got into conflict. Also, in President Truman's Memoirs, he says "The dropping of the bombs was done to save 125,000 American lives and 125,000 on the Japanese side from getting killed and that is what I did. I knew what I was doing when I stopped the war. ...read more.

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Also some people might think the Americans could have used less of a lethal force to try and stop the war. They could have tried a way without as much destruction before they killed over 200,000 people. If you look at a picture of Hiroshima or Nagasaki it just shows the sheer devastation that the 2 bombs caused. Not to mention the long term after effects of radiation poisoning. However, the Americans were completely unaware of what was going to happen when the bomb went off. A weapon of this much destruction had never been seen before. Especially the radiation poisoning, the scientists who made the 'little boy' and the 'Fat Man' told no one there would be long lasting radiation poisoning that would kill and deform generations of people. ...read more.

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In conclusion, I think that although it is easy to say that the Americans shouldn't have dropped the atomic bombs, they were under great pressure to do so. Also, i think that they were right to bomb Japan; they could have used something less destructive and less powerful than an atomic bomb first time round. The first bomb they set off should have been a warning to surrender or else they will get the devastating atomic bomb. Overall, yes i think the Americans should have dropped the bombs but i think that they should have done it differently and given the Japanese a warning of the power they had and they could unleash on them and hope that they surrender, if not dropping the bombs was the best thing to do. Joe McAlary ...read more.

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