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Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Is it wrong to believe the bomb was used to justify development?

  • No it wasn't

    The bombing of Japan wasn't to develop it was to get back at Japan for bombing the united states. If we had continued the war island by island so many more lives on both sides would have been lost. So with President Truman he thought that if he bombed them then the Japanese would stop fighting and there would be little damage done to the american army. President Truman thought that there were more military people in Hiroshima than there were civilians. So, with his decision he wanted to weaken the military aspect of it and have Japan surrender from the war. We were just retaliating towards them for bombing Pearl Harbor. It was an 'eye for a eye' type of situation not a development type of situation. It wasn't just US soldiers that were spared. The bombings prevented the deaths of literally 10s of millions of Japanese lives. This is a case of killing a few to spare the many.

  • Yes, very much so

    We're getting into the loony stuff here, sorry. It doesn't really warrant more of a response than "that didn't happen" but seeing as I'm asked to provide one, that's incredibly offensive to the victims of the bombing and trivializes the earth-changing destruction that occurred that day. It was what it was, an extremely hostile act to put an end to a war that had gone on too long. Not a conspiracy.

  • Cost of developing atomic weapons meant they had to be used

    Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to develop the atomic bomb and prove that it could be a viable weapon for the future. If it was not used on Hiroshima or Nagasaki the world would never have known the power of such weapons and the costs would not be justified.

  • The bomb was used to end the war and save lives

    While the success of the bomb ultimately did justify its future development the bomb was used to end the war and ironically save American and Japanese lives. The Japanese in World War II were fighting fierce battles and they were not surrendering. If we had to continue to win the war island by island so many more lives on both sides would have been lost.

  • We had to bomb them to win the war

    The U.S had to bomb nagasaki and hiroshima to help win the war. If we didnt bomb them we probably would have lost the U.S. to japan because of all the suicide bombers. The bombs prevented japan from sending more troops to fight the U.S. So that is why we bombed them.

  • No it wasn't

    The bombing of Japan wasn't to develop it was to get back at Japan for bombing the united states. If we had continued the war island by island so many more lives on both sides would have been lost. So with President Truman he thought that if he bombed them then the Japanese would stop fighting and there would be little damage done to the american army. President Truman thought that there were more military people in Hiroshima than there were civilians. So, with his decision he wanted to weaken the military aspect of it and have Japan surrender from the war. We were just retaliating towards them for bombing Pearl Harbor. It was an 'eye for a eye' type of situation not a development type of situation. It wasn't just US soldiers that were spared. The bombings prevented the deaths of literally 10s of millions of Japanese lives. This is a case of killing a few to spare the many.

  • No, it is a complicated issue.

    No, it is not wrong to think that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was used to justify development, because the bombs at the end of World War II is a very complicated issue. There were many motives for dropping the atomic bombs. There are mixed emotions involved with having used the atomic bombs. Many used the bombs to justify development, so it is not wrong to believe it was used that way.

  • It is wrong to believe the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not used to justify development

    It is wrong to believe the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not used to justify development. This is because of the fact that at the time nuclear weapons needed more development. Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki provided a wonderful opportunity to study the bombs and how they work on a mass scale.

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki Not Used for Development

    The United States wasn't justifying development by dropping nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Our country dropped those bombs to end the Pacific Theatre of World War II by devastating the Japanese people. Without a doubt, the bombings achieved that goal in quick order, but there's no way those bombings justified development.

  • It is very wrong to believe that

    The bomb was not used to justify development. The bomb was used to win a war and punish the Japanese for their actions. The only reason we got away with using it was that other countries had not caught up yet to the power of it yet. If it happened today it would be a nightmare for everyone.


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