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Should the U.S. have dropped the atomic bomb?

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Started: 4/25/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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KathyMaii

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America should have dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki because Japan caused massive destruction at Pearl Harbor, the bomb prevented casualties, and helped to end World War 2. On December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes surrounded and attacked an area relative to Honolulu, Hawaii in order to neutralize the U.S Pacific Fleet and restrain them from interfering with the southeast military. Ninety minutes into the attack on Pearl Harbor, over 2,008 American sailors, 218 soldiers, 109 marines, and 68 civilians were killed, while 710 sailors, 364 soldiers, 69 marines, and 35 civilians were wounded. The Japanese were able to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, eight battleships, and almost 200 airplanes. As a result of the two hour battle, Pearl Harbor caused a total of 2,403 Americans casualties, and 1,178 injuries, as well as America’s decision to join the second World War to fight against the Axis Power after Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan at a conference. Along with using the atomic bomb as a form of revenge, America was right to use the atomic bomb against Japan because they believed that a great amount of people would be saved by ending the war quickly and forcefully rather than being killed by the atomic bomb. Although the 2.5km radius of the explosion wiped out parts Hiroshima, and less in Nagasaki due to its complex geography, the number of deaths would never amount to the casualties of the second World War. Thousands of soldiers and civilians were killed everyday while fighting in the war, which lasted a total of six years, while the atomic bomb killed less than half a million people with a blow that lasted a few minutes, and the after effects of radiation for another three or four years. In addition to the prevention of millions of deaths, using the atomic bomb was a good decision because it helped to end World War II. Studies have shown that without the assistance of Little Boy and Fat Man, Japan would never have surrendered from the war, and would have fought to the last man. The explosion destroyed some of Japan’s navy, which was it’s method of transporting raw materials to build their artillery, meaning that Japan could no longer sustain their weapon development. The deadly weapon also allowed Japan to realize that the Alliances were capable of creating powerful explosives, as well as the ability of killing all of Japan, which shocked them into surrendering from the war. Overall, America dropping the atomic bomb on Japan was necessary because it was a form of revenge from the Pearl Harbor incident, saved millions of lives of the Allied soldiers, and ended the second World War.
Santa.Shree

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what about the after effects of an atomic bomb explosion? America was well aware of it, wasn't it? Besides all of it was done in a hush-hush manner and the important leaders of America's allies were not even informed adequately about the decision to drop an atomic bomb and it's consequences. The present generation continues to suffer the aftermath of the nuclear radiation with no fault of theirs.
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Posted by mostlogical 1 year ago
mostlogical
Santa.Shree makes a valid point, it was a poor decision, no other countries opinion was going to matter or stop America from taking revenge and testing their new weapons on a populated area.

The bombs on Japan targeted and killed mostly innocent people (women, children, and elderly) to save soldiers lives who are people willing to sacrifice their lives to save such people. Thus it was genocide! How can this possibly be justified?
Posted by Forthelulz 1 year ago
Forthelulz
Want to hear a story? Once upon a time, there was Operation Downfall.
A lot of people were going to die.
Suddenly, "Nuclear launch detected."
Japan's government realized
"Hey, that's some real flash dakka. We can't fight against that!"
They then said,
"We surrender!"
And so they didn't die to a man.
Posted by Fuzzed 1 year ago
Fuzzed
Santa Shree.. your argument is faulty.

America had no idea of the extent of radiation health concerns as no atomic bomb had ever been used on a populated area before.
We can see this in McCarthur's crazy plan to attack china by blowing its beach defenses up using tactical nukes, and then havign american soldiers run right through freshly irradiated grounds.

Beyond that - the nuclear contamination of both sites was tiny. People have been living there safely for decades.
Those bombs were very small and very weak.
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