Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified?

  • Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were Justified

    I think that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified. The reasons that I believe that these bombings were justified is because a land invasion would have been more costly, a land invasion would have dragged the war out much longer, and when invading Japan the U.S. would still risk collateral damage of civilians.

  • Put an end to it

    While some of the consequences were indeed very extreme, the war had gotten to a point that somebody needed to put a "this is done" exclamation point on it. These attacks achieved that. It was a very detached way of doing it, but the results are what they are. That was the end of the Japanese involvement and it was directly because of those bombings.

  • Yes, fewer people died that way.

    Yes, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified, because a calculated review of military options found that it was the quickest and most decisive way to end the war. To launch a ground strike would have resulted in the deaths of so many American soldiers, and Americans had already endured a great loss of life in Europe.

  • Japan Would Not Have Surrendered

    The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified because the Japanese would have fought to the end with their no surrender policy. The US was having a great deal of trouble island hopping trying to capture every Japanese held island, it was taking too much effort, too much time, and costed too much

  • The Japanese Struck First

    If the Japanese didn't want the U.S. to fight then they shouldn't have provoked America. They messed with the wrong nation. Americans were trying to remain neutral when they came in and bombed Pearl Harbor. The atomic bomb not only brought justice, it also saved many American and Japanese soldiers by ending WWII.

  • Saved Millions More Lives

    The lives of 120,000 or so people were lost when two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. Yet, it is estimated millions more lives were saved when an invasion of Japan was obviated. Plus, looking further down the road, the Soviet Union and United States may have more readily started a nuclear Armageddon had humanity not learned harsh lessons from the end of World War II.

  • It is not justified due to the lasting effects of it.

    Alright, there is no denying that it saved many lives in World War 2 by preventing the invasion of Japan's mainland. However, the bombings left out a very lasting effect on governments, military, and populations worldwide. What if United States didn't drop the bomb? Of course, many technologies or miscellaneous objects that improved life may have not been done. However, without the revelation of the Atomic Bomb many conflicts could have been avoided. These conflicts include most of the Cold War and events within it such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, or not even the Cold War would have happened. The Soviet Union and USA could avoid all the missile threatening. These bombings also left a deep scar on many countries due to what to could do to people and the mass destruction it caused. These bombing were also obviously not caused by Pearl Harbor, since Pearl Harbor had about 3,000 casualties comparing to the 120,000~ in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • No it wasn't

    I do not think that the bombings of both Nagasaki and Hiroshima were completely justified. Those places were bombed in order to end the war and potentially save the lives of soldiers who could have died fighting a prolonged battle. Thousands and thousands of people were killed instantly and the worse damage of all was the lasting effects the bomb had and continues to have on those people. I don't think that there is a good enough reason to drop a bomb of that magnitude.

  • No, it was not.

    I do not believe that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified. I believe that it was done out of retaliation for Pearl Harbor and to try to intimidate Japan into surrendering. While it was good that Japan surrendered, the effects of the bomb were devastating. Countless innocent civilians lost their lives and their homes. Many people suffered through agonizing deaths and cancers.

  • Not Justified to Bomb

    No the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not justified. We used them to send a message and it could have started the end of the world. I think the reason it wasn't was because it was so new and not fully known yet. If we did the same thing today we would likely be in big trouble.

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