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Atomic Bomb

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Started: 2/14/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hoosiers4042

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Opening Statement:
The bomb should have been dropped on Japan. This, was the most humane and quickest way to end the war, saving lives, money, and economic downfall. If America had invaded Japan we could have lost over 750,000 troops of just American lives. Instead only 200,000 lives had been lost, money saved, and the war ended. If America had tried to invade, continue its sanctions, bombings, and barricades, the war could have taken many more months, even years. This not only costs America money and creates the beginning of economic downfall, it increases the suffering of Japanese people for a longer duration of time. The bomb being dropped was not ideal, although it was clearly the best option given the situation that the United States of America was handed.
rycrutch

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The atomic bomb was unnecessary to ending the war with Japan. When the atomic bomb went off, it let out lethal amounts of radiation. Anyone in the area or that entered the area to look for family and help victims were infected. The people who came in contact with the radiation died because of how much was let off. Acute sickness or long term illness were the two main outcomes of delayed radiation. The acute sickness went away after about five months, but the long term illness took longer or the person could eventually die. Along with radiation, Japan experienced crippling effects from the allied blockade and bombings. Japan was collapsing by the second, so the atomic bomb was not needed. Japan would have surrendered because of the loss of resources, and they had experienced enough death and destruction. On May 8th, 1945, Germany had surrendered, therefore, the fighting with Japan wouldn"t have lasted much longer because their strongest ally had surrendered. Also, the bombs had killed many people, even after both bombs had gone off . Along with those that had died that day, and the people that died due to the after affects; around 80,000 had died in Hiroshima and 40,000 had died in Nagasaki. Dropping the bomb on Japan was strategically unnecessary. In 2005 US Strategic Bombing Survey said bombing Japan unnecessary, after interviewing hundreds of Japanese civilian and military. The atomic bomb was immoral and unethical because it created a new kind of war and destruction. William D. Leahy, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated: "My own feeling is that in being the first to use it,we had adopted an ethical standard common to barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make ear in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying." Here are some graphs and additional information behind them to display our reasoning.
Debate Round No. 1
Hoosiers4042

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Japan would not have surrendered without the bombs dropping.

Japan had a key spiritual idea of bravery, pride, and honor. They, because of their culture, would not have surrendered without the bomb dropping, or many more years of prolonged suffering for its people. Proof of this is that they were continuing to try and build their army throughout June of 1945, and commanders were telling them to fight the Americans disregarding gender and age, as well as being prepared to die for the cause. If America had invades the death toll of just the troops sent would have been at least 200,000, with a possible 100,000 in civilian deaths.

President Truman needed to decide whether he should send in the military and lose about 750,000 or more American soldiers would have died.

The Japanese had an army ready to attack if we sent our military in and if we dropped the bomb it was clear the emperor would surrender.
rycrutch

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Posted by thesupporter 2 years ago
thesupporter
I agree the atom bomb was nessesary for winning the war if they did not dropp the bomb it would have prolonged the war for months even years and lost the lives of more than 100,000 men
Posted by ElCoyote 2 years ago
ElCoyote
So many people debating about the Bomb but any wat here i am to give my 2 cents like i have for the past Bomb arguments.

It was nessecary because sure many people died from radiation sickness and the death tool was ranging from 150,000 to 200,000 deaths. As the Pro side said that Japanese culture is bravery and Pride so they wouldn't have surrendered through use of conventional weapons. So if we didnt we would have to invade Japan were the estimated toll was around 1,214,000 casualties with at least 369,00 deaths more than the atomic bombings

Plus before they raise the argument of killing innocent people the Japanese people were trained to fight;
The woman were trained in Martial Arts, Bamboo Spears and Katanas
Old men and CHildren were trained to strap explosives to themselves and jump in front of AMerican Tanks.
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