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Atomic Bomb

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Started: 2/13/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Haley_Wells

Pro

There are many opinions when it comes to the subject of bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Japan. To our beliefs, we believe the bombings were a positive aspect. The bombings were strategically necessary to end the conflict between the U.S. and Japan. The U.S. military did
not have to physically invade the country because of the option bombing. The bombing in the end saved many american lives because the Japanese already were planning to prepare for an attack against their land. Japan also would not have surrendered if it had not been for the bombing of Japan. Because of the U.S. serving as a threat, Japan ended up surrendering. In the long run, more lives were saved from the atomic bomb because it didn"t hurt the American population. These are the reasons we believe bombing Japan was necessary.
Cupcak143

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During WWll there were many people who were affected by the atomic bombs. The conflict between each side was devastating with high death toll and money debts. Many innocent children and adults were killed and injured because of the bombs being dropped. Even if japen think this it was a necessary thing to do but destroying cities and civilians was not necessary because bombing was against the international law. There are other ways to fight the war, bombing was over the top and going overboard.
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Posted by ararmer1919 3 years ago
ararmer1919
Also why are you guys arguing in the comment section instead of the debate section?
Posted by ararmer1919 3 years ago
ararmer1919
Probl with the bombings then maybe you should be talking to the Japanese for building military bases in thier civilian population centers. Just saying
Posted by ararmer1919 3 years ago
ararmer1919
Cupcak143. Trying to argue that the bombings were "illegal" is irrelevant and bound to fail. First off, illegal and accountable to whom? There was no UN and the League of Nations had long fallen apart and if you were not aware the US was never a part of the LON so the question stands who dictated that the bombing was illegal and who would the US be accountable to and why would we or more importantly why should we? Second, the bombings were necessary to defeat the Japanese and avoid an invasion of mainland, an invasion that would have cost an estimated 10 million lives (nearly 9 and a half million more then both bombings combined) and the war would have lasted at least another 5 to 10 years. This is a case of the ends justifiy the means. Doing a smaller evil to avoid a greater one. You can not argue these statistics. Third you cannot argue that we should not have dropped the bombs based off of the premis that we shouldn't have been fighting to begin with or that instead we should have been diplomatic. I believe pro already talked about this but I'll just reiterate and say that we were already at war, the war was all but unavoidable, Japan struck first, obviously diplomacy had already failed or else we wouldn't have been at war in the first place so what makes you think that it would work after we've been slaughtering one another for several years? I could go on and on. And forth. You can't make the argument that we shouldn't have because civilians died. This is war and that is what happens. More importantly this was THE WAR, a world war, and millions were being killed all across the globe. Why is it that all of a sudden when America does it everyone freaks out? Civilian casualties are unfortunate. However only an ignorant person would try and claim that they are not unavoidable. And both H&N were strategic military targets, with numerous factories and manufacturing facilities of war, entire armies, and naval ports ect. If you REALLY do have a
Posted by Cupcak143 3 years ago
Cupcak143
Of the $5.8 trillion, just seven percent ($409 billion) was spent on developing, testing, and building the actual bombs and warheads. To make those weapons usable by deploying them aboard aircraft, missiles, submarines, and a variety of other delivery systems consumed 56 percent of the total ($3.2 trillion). Another $831 billion (14 percent) was spent on command, control, communications, and intelligence systems dedicated to nuclear weapons. The United States also spent $937 billion (16 percent) on various means of defending against nuclear attack, principally air defense, missile defense, antisubmarine warfare, and civil defense.
Posted by Cupcak143 3 years ago
Cupcak143
Dropping the Bombs were illegal in the first place.
The aerial bombardment with atomic bombs of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an illegal act of hostilities according to the rules of international law. It must be regarded as indiscriminate aerial bombardment of undefended cities, even if it were directed at military objectives only, inasmuch as it resulted in damage comparable to that caused by indiscriminate bombardment.
Posted by Haley_Wells 3 years ago
Haley_Wells
Following the events of bombing Japan, the U.S. was viewed as a powerhouse and a threat to many. It also gave the U.S some leverage as well.
Posted by Haley_Wells 3 years ago
Haley_Wells
The americans attacked japan first because it was necessary to end the war quicker. without the bomb, more lives and money would have been lost.
Posted by Haley_Wells 3 years ago
Haley_Wells
The U.S did take action first, but we are debating the bombs the U.S dropped. Not the bomb Japan dropped.
Posted by Cupcak143 3 years ago
Cupcak143
'When General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Supreme Allied Commander, was informed by the Secretary of War that the atomic bomb was going to be used, he later recalled saying it was unnecessary because Japan was already largely defeated. Eisenhower said the bomb was "no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives." At one point after the war he said bluntly, "It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."
Posted by Cupcak143 3 years ago
Cupcak143
The bombing just took it to a whole new level causing more conflicts between each side that wasn't meant to be in the first place. It means a whole new total war between the nation.
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