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Were The Dropping Of The Atomic Bombs Justified?

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Was the Dropping of the Atomic Bombs Justified? At the beginning of August 1945, two cities disappeared. The Imperial land surrendered. The world shook. The dropping of the bombs "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" by the plane Enola Gay wiped out Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan on the 6th and 9th of August. This was a plan to hasten the surrender of Japan and end the war by the Americans but was it really just? Was the cost of so many innocent Japanese civilians worth it? Was there a hidden agenda? In this essay, I shall attempt to reason through gathered evidence and answer the controversial question on whether Truman should have pushed the button. America had many reasons for dropping the bombs; the surrender of Japan, it would cost more lives to carry on normal warfare, a silent threat to the USSR, such an investment had to be tested. These were raised by many government officials to stop the media hassling them about whether they felt guilty. Surely if there was such opposition to them, something was horribly wrong. America divided itself with their own opinions on whether the decision was made without thoughts of the consequences or Japan had it coming to them. ...read more.

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There could be. The end of the Second World War signaled the build up to the start of the Cold War, a period of tension, conflict and competition between the USSR, USA and their respective allies. An outright war was prevented with the bombs, America's subliminal threat to the USSR. Both sides had the power to annihilate the other and the rest of the world combined but the friction between the sides was not realized until the end years of World War II. USA dropped the first bomb on Hiroshima two days before the USSR attacked Manchuria and Korea. They would not have to fight long but could gain influence easily and the UK and USA were unwilling to have Russia take any part in the carve-up of Japan in the post-war years, primarily because it was a notoriously Communist nation. "Stalin was poised to hurl his troops against the Japanese. Both USA and Britain were alarmed at the prospect of Soviet penetration that matched the takeover of Eastern Europe," is a quote which supports the theory that Britain and the USA had issues with USSR and its seemingly unplanned ruthlessness. ...read more.

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No, all they showed was that even in this intelligent day and age, you are still able to fight fire with fire. As to it was too great an investment to waste, it seems awful that a war-ravaged world should even consider to put a ridiculous amount of money into the creation of something which generated such fear worldwide, not only to the enemy. H. Ward said that "the bomb was dropped to begin the peace with a warning to Russia" but technically it created no peace, only beginning the Cold War, a time when there was a constant fear that either the USA or USSR would "push the button," end everything and as for saving lives, the reason is stereotypically American. It is patriotic, it is relatively logical but it is greedy and self-centred. That reason was to save American lives, showing that they look out for "number one." They denied knowledge of the horrific sickness they inflicted on thousands of innocents, a thought which shook the world over and over 'til this very day. If I may, I shall end this essay with a very fitting quote by Captain Robert Lewis: "As the bomb fell over Hiroshima and exploded, we saw an entire city disappear. I wrote in my log the words: "My God, what have we done?" ...read more.

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