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Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Was a nuclear weapon necessary over conventional bombs?

  • Nuclear Bombs Against Japan Were Necessary

    Bombing Nagasaki and Hiroshima with nuclear weapons was necessary in order to end the war. The devastation caused by these bombs would have been impossible by other means. Plus, the sheer devastation made Japan surrender the very next day. With that in mind, these bombings were unfortunately necessary to achieve victory.

  • The bombing wasn't necessary.



    If you study the history of WW II, you will discover that
    the allies were about to win the war around the time of the bombing of
    Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I believe that
    the nuclear bombing of these cities was unnecessary. It was only done to make a statement and
    intimidate other countries.


  • The A-Bomb saved millions of lives.

    Without these bombings the Japanese government would have never surrendered and the Americans would have had to invade Japan and would have killed probably about 95% of the population. The Americans had been using regular bombs for months even dropping them on Tokyo with not a single flinch from the Japanese. With out the government surrendered all the citizens including women and children would have fought an invasion and would have prolonged the war almost indefinitely and would have cost probably about the same amount of lives that had been lost in the European theater.

  • Yes, conventional bombs would not have been effective.

    Yes, nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary over conventional bombs, because the nuclear bombs were the least intrusive method of getting the job done. Anything but a nuclear weapon would not have been effective. A ground assault would still have been necessary. The nuclear bombs were a necessary evil.

  • It brought a fast end to World War 2.

    The one thing we now know is that the Japanese were ready to fight to the last man (and woman) to defend their homeland. The war would have raged on for years, the body count would have been sickening. Sending those two bombs down on those cities was the only thing that ended the war.

  • Even Japan agrees that the Nuclear Weapon was necessary from the US's perspective

    At the time, it was very clear that that Nuclear Weapon option was necessary because the US army wanted to save American lives. In hindsight, it's a bit of a Pandora's box if nuclear weapon development effects terrorist nations from arming up. But it was not PC to risk American lives.

  • A nuclear weapon was necessary over conventional bombs on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    A nuclear weapon was necessary over conventional bombs on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Conventional bombs would have taken more time and more man power to deliver and do the amount of destruction that the nuclear weapon did. With this attack, Japan surrendered its forces which we may not have gotten from conventional bombs.

  • No, the naivety of the President was too much for all those Japanese lives.

    Our Russian Allies and us were on our way to invade, they were totally unnecessary. We could have just invaded, wit the cost of many lives, but less lives would've been lost compared to the hundred of thousands lives lost due to the devastation of the two Atomic Bombs. The bombs were mainly used because our President at the time was rather naive, and wanted to intimidate Russia with our new weapons, with the cost of many Japanese lives.

  • No, the naivety of the President was too much for all those Japanese lives.

    Our Russian Allies and us were on our way to invade, they were totally unnecessary. We could have just invaded, wit the cost of many lives, but less lives would've been lost compared to the hundred of thousands lives lost due to the devastation of the two Atomic Bombs. The bombs were mainly used because our President at the time was rather naive, and wanted to intimidate Russia with our new weapons, with the cost of many Japanese lives.


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