I think they deserved to be bombed because they bombed us at Pearl Harbor. Yes, we feel pity for them because it killed 70,000 plus. But they also killed some of our people. That's really not right, You expect to kill our people and us to be just fine with it? No! That's not how it works. But honestly, war is stupid. We shouldn't fight at all because innocent civilians that have nothing to do with it get involved and killed. Really, if people really want to fight why don't the leaders fight and get their lives taken not the innocent. I support the bombs just because they did it to us, but I do not support killing people. We don't even need weapons in the world. All we need is world peace, a loving family and a cup of water. People these days won't just relax!
I think we should have dropped the bomb on Japan they deserved it. Remember at Pearl Harbor, they bombed us. The war would keep going until they were tired of fighting or until they didn't have any more men to fight with or even if they didn't have any more equipment to fight with. I think you should agree with me.
Yes we should have because they had plenty of opportunities to surrender and they didn't. We told them if they didn't surrender, there would be utter mass destruction put upon them. They chose to ignore it and brush it off. If we had invaded, then probably 1/4th of Japan's population would have been killed. Yes, it was terrible that so many people died, but in the end, it was what the U.S. Thought was necessary. Japan still didn't surrender after the first bomb was dropped, only after the second one was dropped, the emperor of Japan stepped in and gave the final decision of surrendering.
Think of it, they killed about 15000 people, but if they didn't do it, who knows what could of happened! The war have gone on and on and billions of people could have died! Yes, they could have just stopped at Hiroshima, but still! They killed thousands to save millions.
The dropping of those two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was very bad. However, a land invasion would have costed an excess of one million American lives. The Japanese of the 1940's would have fought to the last inch of that island, and the body count would have been astronomically higher if the bombs weren't dropped.
If the atomic bomb didn't happen a lot of people would have died for no reason. The Japanese only kept fighting because there leader was making them. All the had to do was just kick him out or something. They started the war so they deserve to bombed. It saved millions of people lives.
What if that was your Family member, Friend, Lover.
What if that was you fighting in the war. Would you want to get killed, So all people who said we shouldnt have dropped the bomb i think you need Think agian because without that bomb we would have lost more than we killed so think about that maybe just maybe you will change you mind.
We dropped the bomb because the Japanese were ruthless jerks who dropped bombs on us first. They destroyed our ships making it to where we couldn't ship as much and defend ourselves. They tore apart Pearl Harbor so much that they could have invaded there and took over and they were sad they didn't. It was only fair that we bomb them in return. It may have killed hundreds but they killed our people, too!
If you take all the numbers of the people/soldiers/etc. And statistically predicted how many people wouldve died, not to mention the war would still go on and even MORE lives wouldve been lost. If you look at the numbers totally unbiased, you would see that the bombs helped save lives.
The us wanted to end the war quickly without costing the lives of more soldiers. So the president agreed to drop the bombs. It made the Japanese surrender because they knew that if they continued the war they could not win. The atomic bomb's destructive power would have defeated them anyways.
No and yes, war wouldn't end if it wasn't of the atomic bomb.And no because it killed myriad of innocent people. I agree with truman because he ended the war. He basically saved the whole world not just the U.S. The axis got afraid of America after dropping the atomic bomb.
I say yes because it wasnt right that they bombed us and they think it didnt make us mad well it did cause it killed like 70,000 people in our country and we want revenge and we want them to suffer till they give up and throw in the towel
Japan dished it out to us but then when we went and fought back everyone asks like we are horrible people. If they didnt want to be bombed they shouldn't had been involved in WWII! Also, WWII was considered Total War. So the statement, "Innocent people died" is definitely false. The war was total war, civilians had to be involved.
The total cost of lives in an invasion of mainland Japan would have been far higher on both the American and Japanese side than the dropping of the atomic bomb. In a fascistic state such as Imperial Japan, every man, woman, and child, would have been handed a weapon and told to fight. Even worse, some would've committed suicide. Yes, it is a bad that innocent people died in the atomic bombings, but war is a bad thing. Something had to be done. Japan was given a clear warning of the imminent destruction, but it was dismissed.
The Japanese predicted twenty million clandestine deaths defending the home islands. The more revised US estimates predicted up to four million Allied casualties with one million dead. Not to mention the 1.6million Soviet troops who had just entered the theatre of conflict and who were ruthless in their warfighting and had a tendency to die in their thousands themselves.
In comparison, the atomic bombs killed between 150,000-250,000 depending on the source. Can you really say that they were unnecessary when looking at these statistics? They unquestionably saved MILLIONS and MILLIONS of lives.
Sure, it could be said that the use of atomic weapons created a nuclear precedent that led to the Cold War, but the Soviets themselves were developing atomic weapons anyway as Soviet spies had gained access to the Manhattan Project and implemented an atomic weapons program in Russia.
Other historians have said that the US dropped them simply to show their might and assert their authority. This is absolute rubbish, the US homefront was relatively unscathed and industry was booming with exports and war manufacturing. The US was in pole position to dominate the post-war world with or without the atomic bomb.
Furthermore, cases have been made for using the bombs over non-populated areas, but where's the guarantee that Japan would have heeded this warning? They outright rejected the threat of annihilation promised in the Potsdam declaration and despite some cities suffering up to 97% damage as a result of area bombing and firebombing, Japan still refused to surrender.
Elsewhere, historians believed that a continued naval blockade along with conventional bombing would have eventually brought Japan to her knees, however, the US nor the allies for that matter had any intention of allowing a war that had raged for six years to rumble on any further when the means to end it swiftly were readily available. Anyway, with the Soviets invading on the other side, allied lives would still have been lost in their droves, not to mention the lives of the fanatical defenders. It wasn't just the Japanese army that was defending the islands, but a 'civilian militia' that numbered in the millions, all of whom were expected to fight until the last bullet.
I see these comments about 'de-classified documents estimating 40,000-60,000 deaths' and can't help but laugh at your naivety. On Iwo Jima alone there were almost 50,000 combined casualties, and while it was soverign territory, the home islands of Japan would prove a different battle.
The terrain of Japan made a land invasion highly predictable to the defenders and the planned guerilla style resistance would have created a battle of attrition. The death toll would have been millions, WITHOUT QUESTION.
I am a former member of the British military and a third-year American History student, I know what I'm talking about. I challenge any of you to come up with a more thoroughly researched argument.
Absolutely. The Japanese bombed us fist. You dont mess with America like that. They were asking for it. With the bombing we saved many lives, also helping us win the war. Although many deaths were caused, it made a huge statement. We had no choice, not responding to their attack would make the citizens of the USA think we didnt have the power.
The US needed to drop the bomb on Japan. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and in retaliation, US shut them down. They needed to know that Japan can mess with America. We sent a message to the whole world that if you attack us, we will drop a gigantic atomic bomb on your bootie.
As a proud American I would say yes we should bomb Japan. It's not like we killed innocent civilians. We killed multiple Japanese militia and saved many American lives. If it were not for the Atomic Bomb more Americans would of been killed. Us Americans already knew Japan wouldn't stop until we put an end to it all.
The US should have dropped the bomb, because it was nessisary to save American and Japanese lives and it was ultamately pay back. The Japanese launched sneak attacks and killed innocent lives in Pearl Harbor, Alaska, and China. In the Phillipeans they killed unarmed soldiers and made them burry each other alive at gun point. The Japanese weren't going to stop fighting as they were expected to keep on fighting like they did in Okinowa and Iwo Jima were they fought to the last man or they committed suicide. Many people predicted that the invasion of the Japanese mainland would cost over 1 million American lives and cost more Japanese lives, since they fought for honor. So in the end we saved more lives then we took with the atomic bombs.
-It ended the war early
-Many soldiers would have been killed had we not dropped the bombs
-No war end in sight
-Major defenses in Japan for a land based attack
-Civilians in Japan were prepared to fight to the death
-Detered Russia from further or future aggression
-No shared occupation of Japan with the Soviets
-Japan decided against surrender, even after the first bomb was dropped
-Japan knew they wouldn't win, but thought that terms of surrender would be less harsh if they held out
-More Japanese citizens would have been killed in a land invasion
-Firebombing would have led to more death than the Atomic bombs themselves
The Japanese never surrendered in battle. They fought until they died, or they committed suicide. To come back from a battle would dishonor them. If we would not have dropped the bomb, we would have had to island hop and invade Japan which would have cost millions of lives on both sides of the field. However, because the Japanese mostly fought until death, Japan would have lost most of their soldiers anyways, as well as some citizens. Because the bomb was dropped, we had a speedy way of ending the war and saving Japanese and American lives.
A lot of people were killed, but the bomb saved many lives. It seemed horrible that such a thing was needed to stop the war but it was necessary. Dropping this bomb ended the war and saved many more lives than were taken. If this would not have happened I believe the world would be a much different place.
If the U.S hadn't of dropped the bomb to end WWII, the war would have went on for an even longer time and it would have killed more U.S citizens. Wars can cause lots of damage and can leave people with nothing. It may have killed many Japanese lives but it saved many more.
If the bomb had not been used, the resulting invasion would have caused a loss of life, on both sides that would have amounted to millions. Invasion was not the only option, there was also the possibility to continue fire bombing the main cities of Japan, which in Tokyo alone took more lives than both the atomic bombs.
Japan wasn't some innocent country. America didn't bomb Japan just to kill innocent people, there was serious thinking and logic that went on behind the plan. Most people forget that during World War II and the European Holocaust there was an Asian Holocaust. Where the Japanese would round up all Chinese and murder them or use them a target practice. Over 300,000 Chinese and 6 million Jewish died because of the Holocaust, meanwhile only 220,000 died in the bombings. By dropping the bomb we not only ended the war quicker but helped to save many American and Japanese lives. If we progressed with the fighting onto mainland Japan, the fighting would've gotten worse. It's estimated over 1 million Americans would have lost their lives if we hadn't dropped the bombs. That's 1 million soldiers not returning home after the war. It wasn't a surprise attack, they had multiple warnings they just chose not to listen, they saw it as an empty threat, underestimating America.
The bomb showed the power of the United States and forced Japan to surrender. If the bomb had not been dropped then the casualties would have been way higher on both sides. The Japanese standard was to kill 10 people for every 1 Japanese man, and they always fought to the last man.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the next cities to be firebombed so whether or not we dropped the atomic bomb, civilians would have died. The Japanese did want to end the war, but they continued fighting and killing Americans so Hirohito could keep his throne. A lot of people complain about how America killed innocent people, but Japan attacked us first and killed innocent sailors at Pearl Harbor. With only 2 atomic bombs made and another on its way, it was far too risky to drop the bomb on an uninhabited island to give a "demonstration" to our enemy. An invasion would have easily killed more soldiers and American soldiers would have died.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the next cities to be firebombed so if we did it or not we dropped the atomic bomb, civilians would have died. The Japanese did want to end the war, but they continued fighting and killing Americans so Hirohito could keep his throne. A lot of people complain about how America killed innocent people, but Japan attacked us first and killed innocent sailors at Pearl Harbor. with only 2 atomic bombs made and another on its way, it was far too risky to drop the bomb on an uninhabited island to give a "demonstration" to our enemy. an invasion would have easily killed more soldiers and American soldiers would have died.
If the bomb wasn't dropped, casualties on both the American and Japanese sides would have been greater than if we invaded by ground force. A blood bath was inevitable, and for every 1 life the bomb took, it saved 5. Imagine knowing your son died in combat and later finding out that America had the weapons to end the war, and these weapons would have saved your sons life. There would have been outrage in the United States. The Bomb had to be dropped.
The atomic bomb sent a statement--don't mess with world peace. The hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by the explosions are unfortunate. Civilian casualties were necessary. War is not "fluffy bunnies" and rainbows. The atomic bomb ended the war sooner. Heavier casualties might have been the case had an invasion of Tokyo been necessary to end the war. It would have been worse if the U.S. dropped the atom bomb on Berlin or Rome.
They were too arrogant for their own good just like the Germans. The United States should have nuked the Germans too, they started both of the world wars. And to the people who keep saying the Japanese civilians were innocent, the real innocent ones were the American soldiers having to get dragged in to the war and many lost their lives for it. I would rather see Japanese innocent people get laid out than the American soldiers.
We should have dropped the bomb, if we did not drop the bomb we would have lost more soldiers on each side of the battle than the combined losses of both bombs dropped. If we had landed on Japan many of our soldiers would have died because of the many traps and machine gun turrets set up for defenses against attack. If the Japanese had the chance to do the same to us they would have done more than that. They would have tried to destroy our nation without hesitation. If they attacked our soldiers at Pearl Harbor who were innocent because of neutrality they would have definitely attacked other innocent people if we were losing the war on our soil. I also think that Japan would not have gave up until something big happened or all of their troops were killed. Another fact that proves this is that Japanese soldiers did not care about their lives because they would kamikaze into Allied ships, and other Japanese soldiers would rather commit suicide than be captured because committing suicide was honorable in a war situation, more honorable than being a prisoner of war.
If we had not dropped the bomb, the war would have continued and only gotten worse. Japan was also making nuclear weapons so we needed to stop them, take the first shot, before they crippled us. Afterwards we helped them rebuild, I hardly think that they would have been as courtious.
Without dropping the atomic bombs, the war would have gone on for an indefinite amount of time. Dropping the bombs was the only way to force a surrender from the Japanese without the cost of many American lives. Its unfortunate that innocent people had to die, but it was pretty much the only way to win the war.
They had to drop the bomb on Japan so the US and the Japanese would not loose more soldiers. This stopped the war and Japan surrendered. The Japanese did not want to surrender, so that's another reason why we dropped two atomic bombs. Japan deserved the atomic bomb because they attacked Pearl Harbor.
The US had to end the war, and fast. The dropping of the atomic bomb was the quickest and least "abhorrent" way. Land invasions and such would've taken much longer and claimed many more lives; both American and Japanese. Also, the Japanese weren't exactly merciful in their ways of war either.
For Japanese people and those who think the US should not have done this. Just go and Google "The Rape of Nanking" and see what your ancestors have done to Chinese people. And even worse, Japan never admits it. They deny it all the time and even told the wrong things to the new generation. In fact I think Chinese people will be more than happy to forgive if Japan ever apologized and told the truth to the kids these days. I know past is past and we cannot change it.
I think Harry S. Truman made the right decision of dropping the bombs. People blamed Truman for killing over 70,000 innocent Japanese civilians, but if you if you think about it, japan actually attacked us during pearl Harbor. Japan needed revenge for attacking us. Also, dropping the bombs was a better idea then fighting more. Truman knew that he didn't want to risk soldiers lived on fighting when he could just end the war right away. For those reasons, I believe Truman made the right decision of dropping the bombs
The United States' decision to drop the bomb not only benefited the USA but ultimately Japan as well. The bomb perhaps one million lives on the United States' side alone. Estimates guessed five hundred thousand lives in marines alone. This also cut down on the massive civilian casualties experienced by other axis powers.
The U.S. Was justified. Japan showed no signs of surrendering and refused to accept the Potsdam Declaration which called for complete surrender. If the U.S. Had decided to not use the atomic bombs, they would have had to invade the mainland which most likely would have killed more Japanese and American soldiers and civilians than the atomic bombs did. The Japanese had an honor system referred to as Bushido. The main idea of Bushido was "fight to the death" or "death before dishonor." If the U.S. Had invaded, all the people of Japan-- including women and children-- would have been expected to fight to the death. The Allied powers would have ended up destroying Japan.
Yes, the atomic bomb was harsh, but without it there would have been more consequences. Not saying it was morally correct, but it was justified.
It was this or to waste even more lives, in small fights, from island to island. We gave unconditional surrender beforehand, and we could have done a lot worse. They brought us into the war, with Pearl Harbor, and we fought back. They brought it upon themselves and we most probably saved more lives than we took, with one sweeping checkmate, instead of a long war we could still be in.
A land invasion would have cost millions upon millions of civilian lives and many thousand American soldiers. We are in no way saying that the use of the bombs was a "good" thing, it was truly terrible, but the alternative would have ended up being much worse in terms of lives lost. Also, if we had not demonstrated to the world the horrific nature of nuclear weapons on people, then it is highly possible that world powers later in time, up to today, would not be so hesitant to "press the button". Using the weapon in its infancy may have prevented the future use of much more powerful devices
Hell yeah, we should. It saved thousands of lives and we will probably still be in a war if we didn't. Think people what would have happened if we were still in war everything would have changed maybe this site wouldn't have never existed and maybe we were all dead.
After Pearl Harbor we saw the ambition and ruthlessness the Japanese acted with. Remember at the time we were trying to promote peace with them, instead they decided to bomb the pacific fleet killing thousands and wounding thousands more. What do you think would have happened if they had a bomb of this magnitude unconditional surrender would have been the last thing on their mind. They way of the samurai is not to show mercy to an enemy.
Japan gave no warning to bombing of Perl Harbor. If the Americans were going to do a ground tactic an estimate of thirty five present more Americans would have died. Japan should have surrendered but, they did not know how powerful the bomb was at the time. The bombing helped the American solders get back home and live with there families. In all the just needed to learn a big lesson.
There were three main options, invasion of the japanese island that wouldve had more deaths, bleed the island of more resources in a short time, or drop the bomb. The bomb used the fewest resources killed the fewest lives and ended the war at teh best time, fast and earliest
I think that it was a good idea because after they dropped the second bomb on Nagasaki the Japanese surrendered unconditionally only six days after. The only other option at the time was a full scale allied invasion of Japan. If they had gone with this it is estimated that there would have been hundreds of thousands of casualties. This way it limited casualties and effectively ended the war on the spot.
We needed to use these Atomic Bombs. People can argue and say about how there could have been "other ways to do it", but there was not. If we had not used the bomb it would have caused more American deaths than there already was. We even warned the people and government of Japan so the resulting death and consequences would have been their own fault. It was the right and also the smartest decision.
Lives destroyed and lives saved aside, the bombing showed the world what a nuke could do to a city and a country. Yes, it was horrible, but when other countries came up with the bomb, they may have bombed us or other places and a Nuclear War could have erupted because there would have been more than one country with the bomb to participate in the war. Even with testing the bomb, no one could have really known what a bombing would do to a country. Ending the World War II the way we did helped prevent World War III.
Dropping the bomb led to many pros that you should take into consideration. Of course they can all be argued but I believe that the dropping of the bomb caused the war to come to an end faster. According to Tripod.Com one of the largest pros of the dropping of the bomb was that not only did it save US Soldiers but it also saved more Japanese. If we had not dropped the bomb US would have been forced to invade Japan. This would have brought a lot of casualties and although we will never know how many casualties it would have been it is safe to there would have been a lot. A world wide benefit to bomb dropping was the visual it gave to the world. The worls saw how horrifying the atomic bomb was and the lasting affect it would have on wherever it fell. Because the world saw this it is believed that it may have stopped an nuclear war.
The Japanese would not surrender and war would have carried on. The war had been going on for a while and the Japanese thought it better to kill themselves than to surrender. Their main goal was protecting the emperor and the Japanese believed in racial superiority, which was the shogun race, and they believed in fighting and killing until that was what was left of people.
When the Allied troops took the island of Iwo Jima we sustained a lot of deaths and injuries. This battle foretold a gruesome fight ahead if we wanted to take Japan. Winston Churchill estimated that a land attack on Japan would result in the death of 1 million American lives and Half a million British lives, this does not even include the bodies that would stack up on the Japanese side. The other point that must be considered is that between the droping of the first nuke and the second nuke the Japanese had three days to surrender, and they didn't do it. In battle they would rather kill themselves than surrender.
When it comes down to it it had to be done! There were no alternate ways, yeah civilians were killed, yeah it did a lot of pollution, and yeah it destroyed towns and city's. But do you want to have an invasion that kills millions of us soldiers and gives the enemy that satisfaction. An invasion would have extended the war another year or two. I'm 15 years old and I know this more than the people on the no column!!! Get it together people!!
If the atomic bomb had not been dropped on Japan, the war would have gone on longer than it needed to. With that being said, more lives would have been lost. Yes, it killed a lot of people, but that's the reality of war. People die in war. It's terrible, but that's the reality of it.
Nobody wants innocent people to die but if Japan had the bomb first - you think they would not have used it own your kid or family member. It's because of our empowered people - your ancestors voted for a democrat in office “Harry Truman” you are not speaking Japanese and or German today. You are the ones who don't believe anyone makes the right decision but you, armed there with your monitor and keyboard as myself. Freedom of speech is a great opportunity for dialog on issues like this but to all the great men and women who made it possible for us to have this dialog – I side with and support them – knowing they are not perfect but doing their best to work in the interest of us. You can speculate all you want on if the Japanese were ready to surrender or who cares if we have a few more of our guys die to avoid the bomb – you were not there. If there is a judgment after this life, I hope all you “NO-Sayers” who have all the answers can tell all your fellow Americans who gave their lives for you – what they should have done with their lives.
During the period leading up to Truman's decision, two different options lay before him. He could either invade the home islands, beginning with Kyushu and then Honshu, but the Japanese had declared they would fight until Tokyo had been taken, suggesting a bloody invasion. The bomb, while bloody itself, prevented an invasion that by most estimates, would have cost 600,000 American lives. The Japanese were bolstering defenses and were ready to fight at Kyushu with 900,000 men and counting, and Honshu had even more. Nimitz, in favor of invasion, had suggested using a bomb on Kyushu as a war tactic, for he himself was worried about the success of invasion. The atomic bomb provided an alternate route that saved hundreds of thousands of American lives, and prevented a continuation of the war which then could have lasted a year more at least.
No disrespect to the Japanese, but our true intentions were to save as many American soldiers that we could have and that is exactly what they accomplished by dropping the nukes. The Japanese have a history of not ceasing fire first because their culture has trained them to keep fighting until the end. The last Japanese soldier to surrender was in 1972, 29 years after World War II was over.
If they hadn't dropped the bomb on them, the war would have continued for much longer than it did, and that would have led to many more American deaths, more Japanese military deaths, and much, much more money spent on the war effort by both sides. For many reasons, it was needed.
The Japanese had previously showed that they were willing to sacrifice everyone in order to defeat the U.S., such as giving kids backpack bombs and lying in the path of tanks or having all of the Japanese jump off the cliff instead of falling into the enemies hands. They were warned ahead of time to surrender and given two weeks for a response, but only two days later they sent their response of No. While yes, it did kill thousands, not "millions", it was the best method to get the Japanese to surrender. Another reason for dropping the bomb was to show the other countries such as Germany and Russia, who were already building nukes, that the US already had them.
Truman decided to drop the bomb not only because it was the best guarantee to end the war quickly and save many lives of American soldiers, but also because it was necessary in order to intimidate the Soviet Union. If we chose not to drop the bomb, an invasion of Japan would have occurred. Hundreds of thousands of lives, from both sides, would have been lost. Japan's military was significantly weaker at the time and America probably would have won in a few months, but Japan's military leaders were more than willing to fight, and most likely would have killed many Americans in the process. Russia, at the time, was also attempting to expand, similarly to Japan. In order to cut off the expansion of Russia and minimize the influence of communism, we decided to demonstrate the power and strength of the United States by dropping an atomic bomb.
No, the bomb didn't kill millions of Japanese civilians. It killed 1 or 2 hundred thousand. Yes still a lot, but nowhere close to everyones millions. The main reason the US dropped the bomb was to destroy the military targets in those cities and to show the Soviet Union our military strength. I agree with the first reason but if wanted to show off our military strength, we might as well invite some Soviets onto a warship, bring them to a deserted island in he middle of nowhere and show them how the a-bomb can wipe an island of the map.
It saved many lives that might have been ruined if the war raged on. America had made Japan surrender because they said if Japan had not surrendered, then America was going to continuously drop more bombs. Dropping the atomic bomb ended the war for good. That is what America wanted.
We had used conventional bombs on many, many cities, and that didn't push them into surrender. If we didn't drop the bombs, we would have invaded Japan, and that would have cost not only thousands of American lives, but also many more Japanese lives than were taken by the atomic bombs. Maybe we didn't have to drop both of them, but the first one was definitely necessary, and without it the war against Japan would not have ended as soon and many more lives would have been lost.
The U.S. had to drop the bomb on Japan, because it was necessary for the war to come to an end. The U.S. had no more money to continue fighting and the death rates were skyrocketing on both sides. It was also a way of revenge towards Japan for the attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed many innocent people that had no reason to die. And also, because Japan was the only Axis Power left in World War 2 after Germany and Italy surrendered. The Allies found fighting Japan was harder and more difficult, due to being an island. So, the Allies let the U.S. handle the situation, because they knew the war would not end quickly and to keep fighting would cost over a million Allies soldiers lives. During the war, President Truman sent a telegram to Japan requesting their immediate surrender, but they refused. And again, he warned Japan when he said "You have one day to reconsider surrender, or you could expect a rain of ruin from the air like no other that has been seen before." So clearly Japan was warned twice but refused. Many Japanese civilians' lives were lost, but there were also many U.S. Soldiers and innocents whose lives were lost as well. But, the war did finally come to an end because of the bomb.
The US had no other choice. The Japanese people actually considered it an honor to cause as much damage as they could by suicide bombing. Even if we had warned them, they would not have realized the seriousness of the situation. Besides, if the US had not dropped the bomb, the US might not have survived the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The reason the United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima was not because we wanted to brutally murder civilians, but to defeat their military. The Japanese essentially had a 2nd army stationed in Hiroshima. The bomb was dropped for military purposes. Also, thousands of leaflets were dropped the day before the bomb was dropped, discussing the dangers of what was to come. The Japanese, refusing to surrender, still did not evacuate the city. The United States did not want to kill thousands of civilians, but instead the military of a country with whom we were at war.
Had we not dropped the atomic bombs, a land invasion of Japan would have happened. This would've taken hundreds of thousands or even millions of American lives and millions of Japanese lives. The Japanese were going to fight till the last man, woman, and child was standing if the land invasion would've happened.
I personally think that it was a good thing that we dropped the bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima because if we didn't they would come in and attack the U.S. We showed them that we were the boss and they should not mess with U.S. Or you will probably DIE!!!
President Harry S. Truman, warned by some of his advisers that any attempt to invade Japan would result in horrific American casualties, ordered that the new weapon be used to bring the war to a speedy end. If the US had not dropped the bomb it could have been Germany, Russia or Japan being the first to use an atomic power on us. Being the first to use an atomic bomb also proved to other countries that the US held the spot as a leading power of the world.
President Harry S. Truman, warned by some of his advisers that any attempt to invade Japan would result in horrific American casualties, ordered that the new weapon be used to bring the war to a speedy end. If the US had not dropped the bomb it could have been Germany, Russia or Japan being the first to use an atomic power...On us. Being the first to use an atomic bomb also proved to other countries that the US held the spot as a leading power of the world.
The destructive nature of Japanese expansion can be compared with their alliance, Nazi Germany. Japanese had invaded other states and expanded rapidly throughout East Asia and the Pacific, which takes away the rights of the nations which were captured by Japan. Also, it is important to note that America issued an ultimatum to the Japanese, asking for their surrender or there would be consequences. This warning was ignored by the Japanese and the war continued.
Most of the Arguments I see against are people lamenting about the death of civilians. While this is regrettable, I would just like to point out that Japan was not about to surrender. Yes the blockade was starving the population, yes they had lost tons of ground. But they kept fighting, there are even cases of soldiers fighting 20 years after the war ended. They had a policy of no surrender, this also applied to civilians. So that meant either suicide, or die by enemy fire. If you need a concrete example look up the invasion of Saipan.
I argue that the dropping of the bomb not only saved thousands of Americans lives, but also thousands of Japanese lives as well.
I believe dropping the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a necessary evil. These punitive measures although taking innocent lives created the immediacy needed to end this ruthless war. Many lives were lost throughout the bombardment however this is despised because of the possibility of a greater loss from both countries if the outcome of the war had been treated differently. Although it may seem hubris, an attack of this size allowed the US to complete their primary goals as the war came to an end. This destruction directly influenced an immediate surrender by the Japanese, allowed the US to set a precedent for how these attacks like Pearl Harbor will be responded to, and prevented the Soviets from expanding their Communism to Japan.
This devastation was previously forewarned by the US government if Japan had not unconditionally surrendered. This bombing forced Japan to surrender at once as the impairment was far too great. Without these conditions far more lives may have been lost and many more American troops and supplies would have diminished. The Japanese forces would have continued to fight until proven forlorn due to propaganda spread throughout the world war. The Japanese public believed that the American soldiers were violent hoard who would pillage, rape, and kill any Japanese people taken. With this a peaceful conquest of the mainland of Japan proved unlikely. Therefore the atom bomb may have been a shortcut to the inevitable surrender of Japan.
This bombing also set a precedent; it sent a message to other nations that the kind of attack Japan made will not go unscathed. This was an attack so great that provided an appropriate fear of nuclear warfare and quantified the level of destruction created by even the first atomic bomb. With this attack came a great reluctance to use this weapon in the Cold War instead of influencing it. The discovery of nuclear power was inevitable and this attack allowed the US to prevent becoming victimized. This precedent was necessary and save American lives in the long run.
Many lives were lost in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but this immediate surrender prevented the soviets from conquering Japan. The flaws in the Russian communism became clear after the war in Germany ended behind the Soviet lines. Many were raped and murdered as prisoners of war often concluded through an abuse of power. If America had not been able to end the war within their own terms without negotiating through Stalin the soviets would be ready to control Japanese territory. These bombings have prevented many of these different possible outcomes. They are still seen as unjust because the actions that may have occurred are unknown. While it was an understandably a callous attack it is because of these reasons I believe the dropping of the two atom bombs was a necessary evil.
Do you not think that the American military did not try to look at every possible option before they decided to use the atomic bombs to end the war? Do you not think that America felt bad for what we did to most of the innocent people in Japan who were affected by the bomb? Do you think that we wanted to say, "Yea! Let's blow up Japan and make sure they pay!!!" NO!!! As Americans we try to avoid any way to kill as much people as possible. If you take a closer look, you will see that JAPAN bombed us first and brought us into war. If they didn't bring us into war we would not have created the atomic bomb and killed so many people. Plus, they would have rather have the Japanese killed than more of their US citizens. The decision was based on saving more Americans and of our supplies than trying to get some silly game of payback at the Japanese.
The reason that i think that they should have dropped it is that we won. Sure there was a chance that if we hadn't dropped it we still would have won but that is just an if. When we dropped it we won. That is all that needs to be said because it might have been our end if we hadn't dropped it
The atom bomb was crucial to ending the war and to prevent an all out invasion of Japan. We already gave them plenty of warnings yet they still did not heed. We did that for desperate measures only, not because the US is a coldhearted country that likes to drop bombs on people. The Soviets were just paranoid, they threatened us with nukes not the opposite
We should have dropped the bomb. If we didn't, Japan would have never stopped and just kept going, It would have lead other countries to join in to the fight and even more people would die. Even though it exposed the world to nuclear attacks, it would have been found out eventually anyways, and if we didn't do it, someone else would.
We should have because we do not know what could have happened. If we did not Japan might not have given up and they might have killed us all. But since we did drop the atomic bomb we survived and Japan got defeated. They are no longer trying to kill us anymore.
The US should and shouldn't have dropped the bomb. They should have, and did, because it would mean less soldier casualties, and less forces to send in. If they had used it as a threat, Japan might not have believed them. They shouldn't have dropped it because it caused many casualties to innocent civilians. US was only doing what was best for there country.
I think they should've because it ended the war once and for all, and it's better to have perhaps a few hundred thousand killed instead of having a million more killed. Also, I believe that they had enough of a fair warning and didn't take any charge when they had the opportunity, which is why I believe it is the goverments' fault for the amount of deaths caused. It may have been avoided, but they decided to just stand there.
Many more lives would've been lost and Japan was in a campaign of Facsist world conquest. Japan was warned about the possibility of utter destruction if not surrendering and even came up choosing to keep on fighting the war. It is too hypocrit to cry about the bombing because of the innocent civilians being that Japan killed millions of innocent civilians since the start of the second Sino-Japanese war.
Main reason I support the dropping of the bombs is that it saved lives. Many allied lives and MANY more Japanese lives. We would have fought from one end of the home islands to the other and the Japanese would have fought us every inch of the way. Some because of national pride, but many because of the fear of the "American Hoards" that they had been told would rape, pillage and kill every Japanese they saw.
We should of did that because the messed us yp in pearl harbor. The invaded alaska in 1942. Then the attack wake island. They killed millions of american soldiers. Japan people are strick and the genrals hate the united states of america. They have a brutal military. THE BOMBED PEARL HARBOR.
Really, that's enough justification. Certain things need to be stopped at any cost. The Japanese killed their own people by requiring the US to defeat them whatever the cost. The Japanese caused their own people to die by atomic bomb by the evil and terrible things they did. The Japanese are responsible for the atomic attacks by giving the US no other choice.
We should have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan because they are the ones that messed with us first. If they wouldn't have messed with us we wouldn't have this problem in the first place. I feel that bombs and wars are not the answer to anyone's problems no matter what the problem is.
Most of today's younger bleeding heart Americans are unaware of the savage pagan nature that belonged to the Emperor of Japan. He demanded massive suicides of his own people. He was given the chance to surrender prior to the bombings, but his prideful ego would not allow him to listen to what could happen to the people of Japan and he didn't really care. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and killed American sailors and civilians yet we see the pinko-soci-wackos posting about being fair. War is not fair. Only those living in la-la land think about war being fair.
These types are the types that are asleep about Islam because they are too lazy to read the Qu'ran. Muslims kill each other and these bleeding hearts think they care about not Muslims? How stupid is anyone that thinks "democracy" means anything to Muslims. They will do what the clerics and imams tell them to do..........Like cut your head off when they get the upper hand. Thank God I'm old and won't see it in America..........Just bombings that kill the innocent in my life time.
The Nuclear bomb should have been dropped because it showed the governments of the cold war the destruction caused by the bomb. If they hadn't of known they might have been quicker to start a nuclear war, which would have ended in complete destruction of most of our planet.
Yes innocents died but in proportion to the second world war not that many, it only registers because it happen so quickly.
It was in the best interest for the United States to drop the bomb in order to ensure their immediate surrender. If we had not used it, we would have lost more lives than necessary. The Japanese had a fight till the death fighting style with many soldiers, making it very tough fighting to accomplish. It would have taken a lot more time to get an allied strike on Japan and would give them more time to regroup and prepare for an attack. Although the effects of such a weapon were horrific, the use of it was what was need to convince the Japanese government that they needed to surrender for everybody's well-being. We warned the Japanese of their total destruction if they do not comply to a unconditional surrender and they did not comply. We just did it through the quickest means possible.
Obviously any military action against a civilian population, especially at the scale of totally razing cities, should be only used as a last resort. However, given the alternatives, the attacks actually ended the war at the cost of relatively few casualties. The most obvious alternative would be Operation Downfall, a planned US invasion of the Japanese home islands. The death toll for the US alone was estimated at over 250,000, more than the deaths from Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. As for Japan, based on percentages of soldiers fallen from recent battles like Okinawa, the death count for the Japanese would have numbered in the millions. This, of course, is just from an American invasion. The treaty ending World War II in Europe included a clause that the Soviet Union must enter the war with Japan on August 8. Had the Russians invaded, casualties would have been monumentally greater, especially for civilians, and Japan may have ended up communist. In fact, many modern experts believe that Japan surrendered not for fear of American bombs (the firebombing of Tokyo killed more than both atom bombs), but the threat of Red Army troops.
Finishing off Japan provided the United States with a tough situation. Though atom bombs left two cities destroyed and 200,000 dead, an American invasion would have left much of the Japanese heartland in Kyushu and Honshu in ashes (the Japanese would have certainly carried out a scorched earth policy, á la Hitler), and literally millions of dead. Even worse, had the Soviets invaded, both sides would be trying to destroy infrastructure and civilians would have been totally fair game for the Red Army. When the dust cleared, at least northern Japan would have ended up an orwellian hellscape like East Germany or North Korea
It ended the war and allowed the allies to win. Germany was defeated and Hitler destroyed. When japan bombed pearl harbor this made them now apart of the war and being allies with this country I believe that this was the bet thing to do. It saved many lives and it was Americas way of getting japan back for what they did
A reason why we needed to drop the atomic bomb was that the spread of communism, Russia invaded Manchuria and the US wanted to and wanted to end the war quick. Also the Japanese would execute the remaining pows, military or civilian. Finally the Japanese were ready for a full scale invasion and would fight to the last man. So the a-bomb killed a couple hundred thousands in return for millions saved in an invasion. The atomic bomb was the right decision
As my title explains it all there would be no Kim Jung anything if we would've at least held the (what was at the time) South Korean and Chinese border. Korea would be a great power and it would be able to help advance the world in technology, medicine, and others categories, as if there not already.
The dropping of the atomic bomb, saved many lives for both the Allied forces and the Japanese. The Battle of Okinawa resulted in the death of more 250,000 Allied, Japanese, and civilian personnel. The Americans had learned from years of fighting, that the Japanese would fight to the death before surrendering. If the U.S. Hadn't dropped the atom bomb, we would have launched a land invasion, and caused a much bloodier version of Okinawa. The atomic bomb was the only way to persuade the Emperor of Japan to surrender.
They bombed us at Pearl Harbor so we got them back. If another country bombs us we are going to get them back. If we did not retaliate then it would make our country look weak. The Japanese should have been prepared for the U.S. To come back at them.
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor so i think that it was right for us to drop the A Bomb on them not just because of them but to prove a point to rest of the world that they dont want to mess with america and if they do then we will destroy them.
The Japanese started the war and we finished it. If we hadnt dropped the bombs, the war would have lasted longer. Though many Japanese lives were lost, many american lives were saved. The japanese pulled a major attack on us when we were unarmed, so Ameriva had a right to bomb them back.
The US dropping the atomic bombs on Japan were actions with horrible consequences, but they were necessary to end the war. The Japanese had a reputation for extreme cruelty and were prepared to fight to the last. If the bomb had not been used, the remaining course of action would have been for the Allies to conduct a land and air invasion, which doubtlessly would have cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Allies and Japanese alike, and most likely left the Japanese land in a similar situation. Ultimately, the use of the atomic bomb, while necessary to end WWII, created more negative consequences than good.
The U.S. Made the correct choice to drop the atomic bomb on Japan because they saved millions of lives in the process. Germany would have chosen to drop an atomic bomb on the US should they have hesitated, potentially saving millions of innocent U.S. Lives. Not only did this act save many American lives, but the atomic bomb saved many more Japanese soldiers from dying during a land invasion. Despite the numerous casualties and devastation caused by the atomic bomb, it ultimately saved the lives of many to follow. Without the bombing o Hiroshima, potentially worse damage would have ensued.
I think it was the right choice to drop the bomb because if we didn't, we would look like a weak country. We had to stand up and protect our country. Japan could have kept trying to ruin us. Also, others countries might have gained confidence thinking that they could try to hurt our army sources and take over our country.
I think the US should have dropped the atomic bomb during WWII. The United States is a very powerful country and is not to be played with. The US tries to stay neutral during the war. But On December 7, 1941 When Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese it angers the Americans. Shortly after the United States declares War on Japan. In order to ensure that Japan knows whose more powerful and to make sure they don’t ever do that again they need something that will have a big effect on them. The atomic bomb was just the thing they needed because no one had ever attempted to make one and they knew it was very deadly. I think what they did was right because it tells other countries to be very afraid. It also brings pride and reassurance to the citizens of America.
By bombing Japan not only did they save many U.S. Soldiers live's but also many Japanese' lives as well. If the U.S. Had not bombed Japan, they would have done a land invasion. During the land invasion many American soldiers would have died, and the Japanese, not wanting to surrender would have never have given up even though they were out-powered, leading the the deaths of many Japanese soldiers. Even though dropping the bomb wasn't the most humanely decision, due to the fact that many innocent citizens died. However it was the quickest way to end an already bloody war.
When reading this argument I mostly heard about Russia, Japan, and China. Do we forget about the fact that. Germany was also developing the bomb, and was preparing to use it on Britain which was their in-range target. As well as we were preparing to drop on Japan because they were a reachable target. The entire thing was to keep the bomb secret from the Germans, and scare the war to an end. Japan was the only target capable and reachable for the United States. We forget that Germany would not have nuked us, but our counterpart and almost destroyed England, because of the previous German bombings many cities were in rubble. If Germany was successful in creating the bomb they would have captured Britain. Now the Russians, may have been planning to invade Japan. BUT! Russia is part of the allied forces, it was not their fight with Japan it was ours to finish!
Honestly, all the Allies agreed, not just America, that if Japan did not unconditionally surrender, they would be met with total destruction. There's no better way to achieve total destruction than with an atomic bomb. In addition, we hit military towns. We could've went for Tokyo, but we didn't. Instead, we hit militarized targets, the second of which being in the mountains, greatly ducking the blast reach.
When all is considered, what is the difference between the carpet bombing of Dresden in Germany and the leveling of a city with one bomb? In both cases, the lives of civilians was lost. Additionally, even if it was an attempt to show the Soviets our new weaponry, it doesn't change the fact that war is war and the United States had an obligation to protect its citizens... Especially from the country that decided to bring war TO America.
This is a discussion of the "what if's". Which is problematic because one can only surmise what might of happen if the Bombs had not been used. "What if's" are usually fallacious are they not? As one will use a "what if" to support their position and disparage someone elses. The fact remains The United States did use the A bomb and the war ended. It had to end sometime, someway, somehow, Didn't it? The war was started and the war was ended. Thats usually how most wars go. Wars are ugly, deadly, destructive, and rather inhumane. If you look at the top estimate of the total number of people killed in WW2, were looking at about 70 million people who lost their lives. About 60 million would be on the Allied side, and about 10 or 11million on the Axis side. Why do these numbers get lost and forgotten but the numbers killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are forever debated and discussed? Interesting that people choose to ignore the millions who were slaughtered, but rather focus on the deaths, of what is on a larger scale, a proverbial drop in the bucket. Not that these human lives are unimportant. Every single life is important. I suppose it's just easier to focus on how the people Hiroshima and Nagasaki died, rather than to try and comprehend how the other 70 million died.
They told us that they would have fought to the last man. Five to ten million were killed in the bombings. There were 80 million Japanese . A quote from an anonymous JAPANESE professor stated "I would have not survived another month" this in relation to the rationing and living conditions of the civilians "If the military had their way all 80 million Japanese would have died. Only the atomic bomb saved me. Not just me alone, but many Japanese." had we not used the bomb the war would have ended when either we complied with their terms, or they were all dead.
I think it was necessary, because we did give them another option, and it was there choice not to surrender. Also it was there mistake to allow us to keep hitting them again, and again. We did not drop the bomb to kill the people, we dropped the bomb to end the war that no one wanted.
We had to choose between stopping the war fast, or slow. America didn’t want to kill many people in Japan, it’s not like the military said, “Hey let’s go blow up Japan!!” Also Japan did bomb us first, otherwise we wouldn’t have joined the war, and created the atomic bomb. Just think if America didn’t drop the bomb, more lives would have been lost, then what was actually lost when we dropped the bomb.
A land invasion on Japan would have cost both the Japanese and Americans many more lives. Without the atomic bomb being dropped, the war on the Pacific front would have dragged on even longer. Both Japan and the United States had millions of troops. If there were just 500 thousand soldiers on either side fighting, there would be far more casualties than from the effects of the bomb. Only 300 thousand people at the most were killed because of the effects of the atomic bomb. Either way, there was no 'right' or 'just' way to end the war. The only way to end it was by picking the lesser of the two evils.
I think we should have dropped the bomb because of the following reason. We gave the Japanese another option, and it was their choice not to surrender. Also, after we bombed Tokyo out of existence, and put hundreds of thousands of pounds of ordinance on other areas of Japan, it was their mistake to allow us to keep hitting them again and again.
I think we should have, it was crucial to winning the war. Also we gave them many warnings they should have stopped. We did not drop it to kill them we dropped it to end this war that no one wanted. I mean we had to choose between ending the war fast or slow.
We had so many options to choose from but this was the best in their eyes. Also many people say it was barbaric, the Japanese killing and kidnapping people was pretty barbaric to don’t you think?
Japanese did an illegal act of warfare so the result was the atomic bomb seems reasonable. People say millions were killed by the blast, thats not at all true. This false info its just making people look like they know nothing about why the bomb was dropped and the results from it. If you have any better comment then just comment me you might even give me something i didnt know.
Yes, because more people would've died throughout the war. And yes, it was unfair for the US to drop the A-bomb on innocent people, but it was the japanese government's choice, and they decided not to surrender. In addition to this, the atomic bomb put an end to WW2 and prevented lots of wars thereafter! Also, when Hiroshima and Nikazaki were destroyed, more jobs were offered to the people, which meant more income for the people!
I think that because Japan is not surrendering. So US must drop the bomb to stop the war. They also bombed Pearl Harbor too so it could also be a payback. I sometimes disagree because so many civilians are dead. But I still think that US should teach the government. Thanks!!!
We did not bomb Hiroshima or Nagasaki in order to 'avenge' Pearl Harbor. We did it for many reasons. First, the Japanese never surrender unless they believe that every one of their race could be extinguished. The bomb was a perfect way of showing them that. Second, the invasion of Japan would have cost millions of lives. Ten million Japanese,(not including civilians who fought in suicidal Banzai charges or kiled their children before killing themselves) And 1.5 million American. 70000 died in each city that was bombed. Third, we had taken the island's that were which were primarily occupied by soldiers, so there was no place to hit that would only hurt them. The fourth is the trickiest and most cynical, the Soviet Red Army had invaded Manchuria, and were pushing the Japanese back to the mainland. If the Soviets took Japan, there would be a chance that Stalin would claim the nation as a new part of the USSR, and never leave Japan. America rebuilt and paid for the damages. We saved Japan, at a admittedly tragic bu necessary cost.
I say we should because they started it we were making sure that we were! My Grandpa Probst was on a ship when they bombing of Pearl Harbor! The Japanese probably wouldn't of stopped if we didn't drop those two bombs one on a weapons plant (the H bomb) in Nagasaki Japan. The second one was the (A bomb) and dropped on a city in Japan called Hiroshima! The Japanese were raised to fight till they die! :/ I'm not sure of that last one.
If we hadn't dropped it then a lot more U.S lives would have been lost. It's a shame that ANY of it had to happen but Japan put us in a unique position that required a retort. I'm sure fire bombs wouldn't have had the same effect, same lives lost but Japan wouldn't have surrendered without the use of the Atomic Bomb.
I don't think mass death is ever a good option. But if the Ally's wouldn't have dropped the two atomic bombs the war would have went on for much longer. With the same amount if not more deaths including both military and civilian deaths. The dropping of little boy and fat man force Japan into surrender. Thus ending the war in Pacific. I will not say it was a good option but it was a much better option then keeping the war going.
The Japanese was a brutal army, including the rape of manking. Fact is the Japanese army would have fought to the last bullet. The only way Japan would surrender is if they knew they ultimately had no way of winning the war. The 2 atomic bombs proved to Japan that they were hopeless, and a few days after Nagasaki (the second atomic bomb) Japan surrendered
Killing innocent people was wrong but Truman had no other choice but to drop the bomb. He fought in WWI and he cared deeply about the soldiers and he saved the lives of millions of American AND Japanese soldiers and civilians. Yes Truman should've waited more than just a few days to drop the second bomb but there WAS some good that came out of the bomb droppings. The war ended quicker and more lives were saved. If the US hadn't dropped those bombs, who knows how long the war would've lasted? The longer a War lasts the more people get killed. I think Truman had a good thing in mind, saving as many people as possible and in a war it's impossible for everyone to be saved, so he HAD to kill some people, and hundreds of thousands are a lot better than millions and millions on both sides isn't it?
Personally I believe that if Hiroshima and Nagasaki hadn't been bombed, more people, civilians and soldiers alike, would have died of other bombings, raids, etc. If the war didn't directly kill them, many others may have died of disease, famine, exposure, and many of the other consequences that often accompany war.
Japan never gave up fighting during World War 2 so Truman had two choices, which was either dropping the bomb on Japan, or an invasion. This question is also asked whether you want to save people, or lose people from around the world. To save people, you would need to drop the bomb because if we have not drop the bomb, a lot of Americans, people from Singapore and plenty of other countries, would lost their lives. We would then eventually had chosed an invasion. If we had dropped the bomb, we actually saved thousands of lives and less people were killed. So of course, it was better to drop the atomic bomb than the invasion of Japan.
Although the dropping the two atomic bombs on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki was morally bad. However, it was the Japanese who attacked the US fervor exacerbate their situation in order to invade more territories. By ending the war sooner, the US prevented thousands of lives that were in risk. If the Japanese had won the war then the cause would be horrifying because Japan would invade other countries including my home country Korea and other continents. The Atomic bombing of Japanese cities was justified because it prevented so many deaths and Japan denied to surrender although the US gave them a first warning by dropping a first atomic bomb.
I think it's fairly justified.
Out of all the poeple that died from the atmoic bomb non were americans. If we were to go to ground war many american soldiers would have died. Japan wouldnt give up and we needed to do something to stop them. America did the right things. No americans died. Super
Most people say that a simple demonstration would have caused them to surrender. People don't understand that Japan was strongly against surrender and even when we DID drop the bomb first, they didn't surrender. It took two atomic bombs to get them to surrender. Also, more Japanese would have died in US ground attacks if the bomb wouldn't have been dropped. Also, almost no one died from the atomic bomb compared to how many people died in the total war. Only .2% of deaths.
If you people want the truth behind all of what you've read and/or heard try reading a book, ive been doing studies about world war II for years now, and all of what i heard was just about lies, if we decided to invade the mainland of japan which would have been less destructive, we would have lost estimated 600,000 marines. Bombing took things quite a few steps too far but never kept us from winning a never ending war. Germany backed out, Soviet Union took over major parts of German empires and American allies took out Italy and other axis forces, leaving just Germany to suffer a massive defeat and japan wide open for such an attack. The end
The US had to do it order to get revenge for what the Japanese did to Pearl Harbor, there was no other answer other than war or the nuclear bombs. Japan instigated the war and for that reason they got their punishment, if only Japan would have been smarter none of this would have happened. Neither side had anything to win with a war!
I think Japan deserved the havoc and destruction. They were hurting innocent people. The Japanese also had a secret atomic bomb project, mabye japan's one is 30 times more destructive than the one use on japan itself. Japan could have bombed anywhere!, in europe in somewhere in Asia or even in USA!
We should f done this because we needed to win this war and not surrender. We fought hard in the war and we shouldnt lose for how far along we are in the war already. We made alot of allies in these bombings because we scared everyone in the world and shocked the world.
Well first off think of the important parts of it. I mean if we hadn't had the Enola Gay drop it on Nagasaki and Hiroshima then we would've half blown away plus, we would've lost the war and that would've led us to being ruled by Japan. But now that we've won all is well a the world war is over.
But that doesn't mean that there isn't gonna be another war. Because next it's gonna be worse. It's not just gonna be country vs country. We might step in..., in which we will.
People are getting tired of Obama's rule. He's cutting off everything. Think of it as White House Down. I mean, He has Obama care, but l.E.H..P. And everything is about to be shut down. Or at least it's about to. I got a letter in the mail one day asking "should we shut 'ER' services", I mean not that it matter's, they're trying to get us to vote, but those things aren't gonna go away.
The reason I agree with is that if the atomic bomb was not dropped Russia, America, the uk etc would have had to try it to show what they can do and sorry for the Japanese but at that time America would have lost just as much men invading japan.
I think that the United States did the right thing to drop the atomic bomb on Japan because they attacked us at Pearl harbor. We may have killed their people, but they also killed ours too. We should of course not have hurt those who were innocent & have absolutely nothing to do with it. But I do still agree that we did the right thing because if we didn't do this to Japan they probably wouldn't of have surrender & they would come back to destroy us again. No doubt about that.
Japan killed our troops in such a torturous way it makes my stomach turn. Japan thought America was nothing compared to their newly built empire. We showed them we were very serious and they shouldn't have messed with us in the first place. I hope they have learned we are very serious when it comes to killing our troops.
I think they deserved to be bombed because they bombed us at Pearl Harbor. Yes, we feel pity for them because it killed 70,000 plus. But they also killed some of our people. That's really not right, You expect to kill our people and us to be just fine with it? No! That's not how it works. But honestly, war is stupid. We shouldn't fight at all because innocent civilians that have nothing to do with it get involved and killed. Really, if people really want to fight why don't the leaders fight and get their lives taken not the innocent. I support the bombs just because they did it to us, but I do not support killing people. We don't even need weapons in the world. All we need is world peace, a loving family and a cup of water. People these days won't just relax!
The alternative to the atomic bombs was an invasion of Japan, which was already being planned for 1946, and those plans included staggering casualty estimates. No mass killing, especially of civilians, can leave any humane person happy. But compared to what? Compared to killing many times more Japanese and seeing many times more American die? They might have been able to have negotiated peace using the “unconditional surrender” demand (surrender without conditions, where no guarantees are given to the surrendering party). But at what cost? Seeing Japan arise again in a few years, this time armed with nuclear weapons that they would not have hesitated to drop on Americans. The point of dropping the atomic bomb was to create a quick and easy end to the war without losing anymore Allied soldiers and even though it killed 66,000 people more would have died in traditional warfare.
The Japanese were well known for their inhumane practices towards the captured and to the Chinese as well. They would use the POW's as bayonet practice, use others as practice and would do medical experimentation on them as well, while they were alive. Boiling people alive. The Chinese give account of them boiling families. I don't feel bad one bit. They should not have woken a sleeping Giant.
IF they USA hadn't dropped atomic bombs on Japan, The USA would have had to invade Japan. This would have resulted in MILLIONS of casualties on both sides. Japan had 14 DIVISIONS (10,000-15,000) of troops on Honshu (the main Japanese Island) and Kyushu had 9 divisions. NOW the USA had about 10 divisions total ready to invade in November of 1945. BUT Japan was a fierce determined enemy with the homeland advantage also. The Japanese had build miles of underground railroads capable of withstanding bombardment. They had coastal battery guns on these tunnels which could pound the troops back into the water. Also, the Japanese were training in Prairie dog warfare (ie lots of tunnels) as to be impervious from allied bombing. Trench war fare would have ensued, costing at least 200,000 American lives. ALSO the Japanese were not above suicide attacks, booby traps, sabotage, etc , all of which would drive the death toll higher. AND AFTER the USA landed and set up base, they would still have to face kids holding rifles and women trained to dive under tanks with explosives strapped to their bodys. Rough estimates put it at about 1/4 of THE TOTAL POPLUATION OF JAPAN would have been killed.
In contrast, after seeing the destruction of the two towns by atomic weapons, Emperor Hirohito, who before pledged to never surrender, changed his mind. A few Rouge Japanese generals tried to kill him in a coup, but they them selves were killed, and on august 15th, the Empire of Japan Surrendered to the USA, unconditionally
The Japanese army had a history of torturing, raping and killing non-combatants. Nanking illustrated the violence of the so called 'Superior' Japanese culture. This was genocide on a huge scale. Treatment of POW's was considerably worse. Without Truman acting in a decisive way, the war would have extended and the death toll would have been even more appalling.
The united states of america should have dropped the atomic bomb because we needed the war to be over. Many of our troops had lost their lives and we were putting a lot of money to into the war. Finally, Japan was a big threat to the US and would have affected us greatly
Japan lost an estimated 1 million civilians in casualties during the war, after the bombs. But China lost at the lowest estimate 7 million, at the highest 14 million civilians, to the Japanese. I know war is not fair, but that is ridiculous. Japan didn't even have large bombs, they killed instead through fire, sword, firearm, starvation, and disease. Even though they were the aggressors, they lost fewer people, including if you add in the millions affected by radiation. No other factors considered, they had it coming.
America is great if the retarded jappanese want to kill americains so we showed them who was boss. Japan started it by bombing the US and the US ended it by bombing them. And it only killed 120,000 people, the war could have been a lot worse. AMERICA THE GREAT!!!!!!!!!
No need for candy coating this issue, Japan needed to be completely destroyed as they had stated they would never surrender, remember Unit 731 and the Asain Holocaust? The japanese continue to be an arrogant people that are not remorseful of the attack on the US military and US citizens.
The war was horrible and Japan was preparing in their bunkers for a land invasion.The projected invasion of Japan would cost 1.7–4 million American casualties, including 400,000–800,000 fatalities, and five to ten million Japanese fatalities. The key assumption was large-scale participation by civilians in the defense of Japan. (source: Frank, Richard B. (1999). Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire.) Also, if we had performed a land invasion, it most likely would end like WW1 or Vietnam, a long bloody war, where land gains are measured in feet not miles. Most likely more like Vietnam, where we try and fight a hidden entrenched enemy that does surprise attacks on us. The best choice was to drop the bomb, because the death toll of 450,000 is a lot less then the millions projected to die. Truman was given to horrible decisions, and he picked the one that would end the war quickest.
I think the U.S. Should have dropped the bomb on Japan because of the result from Pearl Harbor and the amount of people that have died because of it. If we didn't drop the bomb on Japan they would have attacked us again and this time it would be worse than the first one.
There was no other option except to drop the atomic bomb on them. The war would have just been prolonged, which would have caused more fatalities and just wasted more resources. Also, they asked for it because they bombed us first and they shouldnt have done it if they couldnt handle the consequences .
I think it was a good thing that we dropped the bomb. I agree with dropping it especially after they bombed us at pearl harbor. If we wouldnt have bombed them i think the world would be a lot different. For example i think we might have had a huge war that cost us billions and lots of lives.
I think we should have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. They needed to be taught a lesson for Pearl Harbor and they needed to know not to mess with the U.S. People talk about all the innocent Japanese civilians that were killed but there were also many Americans killed. We gave them a chance to surrender and they didn't so we did what we had to do.
I think we should have dropped the atomic bomb. They bombed Pearl Harbor first and they were warned that they would face destruction. They did not believe us so we were forced to drop the bomb on them. They still did not surrender so we dropped the second bomb. Unfortunately many innocent civilians were harmed but that was the cost of them but that's what it took for Japan to understand we went business.
I personally believe that it was necessary to drop the atomic bomb. Japan was warned about the attack, and still refused to surrender. It took two bombs to let them know that we meant business, however I think it is really unfortunate about all the civilian deaths and casualties, but when you remember their secret attack on Pearl Harbor, the deaths don't seem as unfortunate.
Yes because if we did not drop the atomic bomb then I think they would have won the war. Plus they thought that we were just going to let pearl harbor just go away. They had there chance to to something so they came up with the bomb and use both because we wanted to show them we mean what we said
Yes we should have because they would have did the same thing to us if we would have not dropped the bomb in the first place. Plus they bombed us at Pearl Harbor, which caused the cold war. They took our peoples innocent lives therefore we took some of theirs.
I think the US should have dropped the atomic bomb because it ended World War ll and spared American lives. The dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan killed a lot of people just like when they bombed Pearl Harbor. The U.S. Officials did this to prove to Japan they can do something worse.
The Japanese are obbligated by honor to fight to the death. It is in their culture, and they would die rather than not honor this obbligation; that is why the Japanese had kamikaze bombers during the war. The Japanese were thus commited to fighting till the end, until the last limb of Japanese land was occupied, I think using the atomic bomb was the most "humane" option, it ended a war that could have dragged on for many more years, causing more deaths, probably more than the number the atomic bomb killed. The atomic bomb was surely a more cruel way to end the war, but it was just what the US needed to force the Japanese Empire into surrendering.
It wouldnt have to come to that if Japan didnt bomb Pearl Harbor. Me, personally feel horrible for all those people that instantly died, and the people that died later on from radiation. Knowing that we did something so horrible its definitely not something to be proud of but we did what had to be done.
The Japanese attacked the U.S. First in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, yet the atomic bomb seemed a little too much for revenge. Japan is a prideful country and wouldn't step down. The United States warned the Japanese well before the attack, yet they still ignored our threats. The amount of death was approximately 70,000 people which seems unnecessary, but something had to be done.
The US should have dropped the atomic bomb because the Japanese did not respond to to the US when they tried to give them a chance. If the Japanese would have responded to the US then things would be a lot different then what happened back then. Also the bombing on Nagasaki would not have happened either.
The Japanese government had no thought of ending WWII without a inevitable defeat. WIth U.S. Troops constantly advancing on Japanese islands and thousands dying every day, the expenditure of soldiers on both sides of the war was far too great to "win" the war. The only possible way to end WWII and save thousands of U.S. Soldiers was to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese and cause the inevitable end of the war.
I think it was a good idea because if we didn't blow up Japan they would've continued to bomb our country. Even though Germany and Russia were also causing problems, Japan made more contact with the U.S. And we did the right thing by fighting back. I do feel terrible for the civilians that died, but something had to be done.
I think we should have dropped the atomic bomb because we needed the Japanese to surrender. I believe that dropping this bomb would have been the only way to force them to surrender. I also believe that the affects of the bomb would scare them into surrendering, and it also convinces them not to mess with the US.
While we killed thousands of Japanese civilians, we saved thousands of American lives. The goal of the army is to keep Americans safe. What we did was necessary to keep American soldiers, and civilians safe. By bombing the Japanese cities we ended the war quickly, and saved the lives of our troops.
The USA should have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan for a few reasons. The Japanese bombed us first and fought against us in the war. They were the only ones that kept fighting the war when Germany had already surrendered. It was the only way to end the world suffering many lives. The USA should have helped the cities affected later though. It would be a little bit better than just taking away the innocent lives of some Japanese citizens.
I think that it was neccasary to drop both atomic bombs on Japan. They had previously killed many of our people when they attacked Pearl Harbor. I believe it was fair treatment for what they did to us. It also led to the winning of the war and probably less deaths than their would have been if brutal fighting had continued.
I think the US should have dropped the atomic bomb. The US even though killing many innocent people stopped the war. The US had no other choice but to retaliate after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The atomic bomb also showed other countries what the United States was capable of.
The U.S. Should of definitely dropped the bomb on japan because of the threat and loyalty of the Japanese people. It was an efficient and merciful killing, even though it killed thousands of Japanese people it saved the Japanese infrastructure. If the war kept going as it was going the Japanese hierarchy wouldn't of given up so easily and thousands of u.S and Japanese citizens would of died because of their narcistic goals. The lives of the many takes priority over the lives of the few, only if their is no alternative to losing lives.
I think we did the right thing bombing the Japanese. They bombed us at Pearl Harbor so treat people how you want to be treated. If you mess with America we will just come right back at you. Even though the bomb was more powerful and more deadly then we knew, the point was to end the war and send a message that you shouldn't mess with America.
The bombs sent a message not only to Japan but to any other nation that is willing to declare war with the US or messing with a nation allied with the US. It was very inhumane but it keeps other nations from pushing any country as powerful as the US to the edge. The bombs also saved American lives, which was the point of the bombs.
USA made the smart choice of dropping the A bomb, we gave Japan the choice to surrender and they did not respond. Dropping the A Bomb ended the war between Japan and USA also, so definitely a good choice. The A Bomb was are revenge on Japan because of Pearl Harbor.
We told them that there would be mass destruction if the did not surrender. The Germans were already trying to build an atomic bomb to destroy us. If we had not dropped the bomb at some point then the Germans would not be afraid to keep fighting. We had to prove we had the bomb already and were not afraid to use it. Even though the bomb killed more than 70,000 people, it is a sign that we were stronger than them and should've surrendered when they had the chance.
The bomb should have been dropped on Japan because it caused an end to the war! Even though many innocent people were killed due to the bomb it made other countries scared to attack the United States! The bomb also saved many American lives which is an important reason to drop the atomic bomb.
Weeded to do something. When they bombed Pearl Harbor many people died and they should have expected retaliation. The situation couldn't have been solved just by them saying words back and forth to each other. They did something bad to kill a lot of people so the United States did something worse. If the United States wouldn't have done anything they would have been seen as weak.
Although it seemed harsh, if we had not bombed Japan then the U.S. Would be in danger. It would make us look like we were unable to defend ourselves if these actions were not taken. That would be a disadvantage to the U.S., and bombing Japan made them look stronger.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was unnecessary. In retaliation to Pearl Harbor the U.S. Decided to join the war against the Nazis and Japanese. When Japan would not surrender after the Nazis surrendered, the Untied States decided to take revenge on the attack on Pearl Harbor. At Pearl Harbor the U.S. Was unprepared for war and were not engaged in the war, so the Japanese decided to launch a surprise attack that was unnecessary.
A huge deal, such as war between countires, is something that is never a wanted outcome of a situation. The U.S. Wasnt just wishing to get bombed at pearl harbor so that they could react in such a violent way. The situation that we were in with japan was not going to be able to be solved by peaceful words or somemthing like that. After an action, There are always consequences and the consequences can be either bad or good. The consequences usualy match the magnitutde of the action taken to deserve the consequence. And i believe that the dropping of that bomb was 100% needed, taking into consideration the impact that pearl harbor had on the U.S. And even though it took the destroying of a city and the killing of many, the outcome was as close to peace as we could of gotten.
On Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a decision that would forever change the world as we know. If the U.S. Had not bombed Japan, the war would have come to an even bloodier world war. The effects of the atom bomb, yes were horrible, but were necessary to win the war.
You can tell a child many times to stop, and they will not stop because they like that they are getting attention. However if you say it harshly or you slap the kid they might get the idea that hey this isn't right I shouldn't do this, but if they continue to do it then you slap then again. All of this with previous warnings.
It ending up finally ending World War 2. If we had not dropped the bomb then the war would have continued killing thousands of more people, yes we may have killed many people but the fact that they brought us into the war and would not cease fighting us. We warned them, they took no attention to it.
Although 70,000 Japanese citizens died, 500,000 American soldiers lives were saved along with many more Japanese civilians. Furthermore, the U.S. Gave Japan the opportunity to surrender before the first bomb and before the second bomb and they declined both offers. Also, with the dropping, the war was ended quickly and without unnecessary casualties that would have resulted from the invasion of Japan.
The Japanese did not show resistance & Americans didn't want the new invention to go to waste. The U.S. wanted to invade Japan, but there would have been even more casualties. In addition, the U.S. was thinking about firebombing the Japanese anyways. The bomb was also very powerful and it prevented future destruction. Lastly, the bomb prevented the war from lasting any longer than it needed to.
Yes I think that the atomic bomb was the right choice. If we wouldn't of dropped the bomb chances are that the Japanese would have fought even worse. We ended World War ll. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor first. So deserved the atomic bomb of furry. If we didn't bomb them they might of bombed us or really done a bad damage to America along with the rest of the world. Even though we killed many Japanese civilians they deserved it. They bombed us. It's like they were asking for us to just drop a bomb on them. Dropping the bomb helped the war end faster. Some people say that even though we killed many we saved many Japanese people too. If we didn't drop the bomb we might of had to invade Japan which would of just led to more deaths. The bomb decreased deaths of Americans and Japanese people too. Also dropping the bombs also helped the rest of the world realize how bad the atomic bomb was. So yes I believe dropping the bombs was a good choice.
In truth, the Soviets were invading Japan, but it is in Japanese culture to not surrender. The Japanese surrendered because of the US, not because of the Soviets. Besides, in the long run, the Soviets quit and disbanded. And the Japanese have to know that you cannot support the Holocaust. Germany already learned their lesson, but the Japanese needed to be taught. The bomb saved more lives than it killed anyway.
I think that we should have dropped the bomb because they were going to do something to us eventually so its good that we stopped them before they did any more damage. I think that us dropping the bombs was a good lesson to them to not mess with us. They kind of asked for it because they bombed Pearl Harbor! If they didn`t want us to bomb them, they shouldn`t have bombed us! Lesson learned (hopefully)...DON`T MESS WITH THE US!
If we had not dropped the bomb upon the cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, then there would have been a war using soldiers to invade Japan. If this were to happen, then many more soldiers would have died than people that did die when we dropped the bomb on these cities.
This war could have lasted a lot longer then it did i believe if we didn't have those bombs then this war would have lasted 6 months to a year longer maybe even longer in the long run we did what we had to do it was wrong but the choice between dropping the bomb and not saved our lives.
Because japan wouldn't have given up if we hadn't dropped the bombs. They were gonna continue to fight and fight unil there was nothing left of them, the country of japan was determined and unwilling to give up. Therefore it only makes sense to drop the bombs. It saved more lives to just drop the bombs considering that japan wasnt gonna give up until they were down to their last man, it was the best decision to make, under the very difficult circumstances
The Japanese had bombed us and killed our people. They can't expect for us to stand around and not do anything about it. We needed to end the war and they would not surrender, no matter what; and they knew they were defeated. Japan had only "woken a sleeping giant".
The Japanese value honor above all things and because of this, were refusing to surrender even though they were already losing the war. The US was bombing the heck out of Japanese cities with regular bombs, but they refused to surrender. The US could have kept doing this and we would have eventually won the war, but it would have taken years and cost many more American lives. Dropping the two atomic bombs provided the devastation we needed to scare Japan into giving up their "honor" by surrendering. We told them there were more were more bombs where that came from (even though we didn't have any more) and the fear of more bombs like this one finally made the Japanese surrender. Dropping the atomic bombs, while devastating to a civilian population was the only way to end World War 2 without costing the US thousands more soldiers, many more years, and millions more dollars.
Using Atomic weapons on Japan was the best of the bad choices facing America in 1945. The planners of the invasion of Japan, Operation Downfall, estimated that the war would have dragged on for 5-10 more years, costing millions of lives (up to 1 million US dead and up to 10 million Japanese dead). It would have been more more destructive and horrific than even the nuclear weapons used.
* ALL "Purple Heart" medals given to US servicemen and women today were manufactured for the invasion of Japan.
* The US expected gas warfare would become a component of the invasion, since the Japanese used gas warfare extensively in China. Once that threshold was crossed, the US planned to use gas weapons to clear Japanese cave complexes and strongpoints.
* It would have been followed by a protracted guerrilla war, and the likely partition of Japan.
* Russia would have taken over Hokkaido and possibly sections of Tohoku establishing another North/South Korea type situation in Japan.
* Every major city would have been destroyed and the Japanese infrastructure would have been decimated making recovery take decades longer. Because of the A-bomb, the destruction was localized almost exclusively on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, despite heavy damage to many major cities.
* Good chance of destruction of the initial US invasion effort, fueling even stronger Japanese resistance. The largest Typhoon in several hundred years hammered the area around southern Japan at the same time the US invasion fleet would have been offshore supporting the invasion, destroying hundreds of aircraft, and sinking and damaging dozens of ships. This would have isolated the US beachhead, leading to its destruction.
Anyone who says the Japanese were willing to surrender before the atomic bomb must explain to me why it didn't happen after the first one (there were 9 days in between) and also why when the Emperor first recorded his message to the Japanese people about a surrender, members of the military government tried to stage a coup and kidnap the Emperor to prevent it.
And as one gent I once worked with, who had been a young US Marine gearing up for the invasion (staging out of Okinawa) -- they all expected to die. So when they heard some new superbomb had forced Japan to surrender, they wept with relief, "Thank God for Harry Truman and the Atom Bomb.
There were approx. 200,000 Japanese casualties from Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Truman estimates that the American casualties, had we gone into the war (and not dropped the bombs) we would have lost around 250,000 - 1 million men, not including the numerous casualties on the Japanese side. Had the U.S. Actually gone through with Operation Downfall (the code name for the Allied invasion of Japan near the end of WWII), it would have been the LARGEST amphibious assault in human history. The casualties would have been countless. Another reason the bomb was justified was because tension was rising between the U.S. And the U.S.S.R, and by dropping these bombs, we let the Russians know that going into war with us would be pointless. Overall, the reasons for dropping the bomb have more weight than the reasons for not dropping the bomb. P.S. If you have a grandparent of military age during 1945, there's a large chance that he would have been in Operation Downfall, and KIA. Then you wouldn't exist today. Think about it!
Japan had a fight to the death mentality and wouldn't give up. They preferred to commit suicide then to surrender. Dropping the bomb saved American lives and probably more Japanese lives in the long term. Plus it was the quickest way to end the war so it was the best.
Without this bomb being dropped the U.S would've had to keep fighting, and knowing Japans soldiers and their leader back then, they wouldn't have surrendered without us doing something extreme like this. Japan, also attacked pearl harbor destroying many of our amazing battleships needed, by dropping this bomb we showed the world not to mess with the United States of America
If you take the predicted number of people that would have died and the number of years that the war would have gone on if japan was not forced to surrender it would still be worth it to drop the bombs on japan. In my opinion it was the smartest move that the US could make to save american lives and end the war.
If the US would not have drooped the bomb then more lives would have been lost, civilian and military, and if you know Japanese culture they are very proud and not willing to surrender which was obvious over the many battles in the Pacific and after the first bomb that was dropped they did not surrender.
This necessary evil was the lesser of the two options; waste millions more lives on both the Allies and the Japanese sides over many strenuous, graphic months, or lose 150,000+ in the bombings. Japan had their chance to surrender, Truman told them something would happen to cause many unnecessary deaths if they did not surrender. I do understand the valid arguments of people opposed to this weapon of mass destruction, life should never be treated this cheaply ever again. Learn from the past, do not make the same mistakes twice.
It is understandable that people are arguing about the destruction and chaos the dropping caused, however, we must accept the fact that war is war, there will obviously be casualties. This doesn't make it right or justifiable but with all due respect, most probably know that the Japanese had initiated the war with the attack on pearl harbor, and should have obviously expected retaliation of the highest order. The war had dragged out for several years, many death tolls following each one. The bomb was the quickest option and better than any of the alternatives.
Germany was on its way to making their own bomb and the US made theirs fist and that ended the war so Germany didn't have the chance to drop their bomb on us. But dropping it on all those civilians wasn't right they should of at least dropped it on Japanese soldiers.
If they hadn't dropped the bomb then the war in the Pacific would have dragged on for several more months at the very least. There were 21,000 troops stationed on Iwo Jima before the US attacked the island and only ~250 surrendered at the end and that was just for a military positioning island. The actual island of Japan? Every single person on the island would have fought tooth and nail until they truly believed there was no chance left of winning the war. Everyone. Soldiers, civilians, everyone.
Because if we didn't our economy would have continued to fall and we would have lost more solders to war. Our lives were saved by the bomb, as where many. Just get over it. Japan should have surrendered when we told them what we were going to do, their arrogance ended many of their lives. If they blame anyone they should blame their leader for being over confident and not giving up. We saved american lives and many others, we did what we had to do.
Obviously, we could not ignore the attack on Pearl Harbor. We did have to defend the people of our country but dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved more lives than not doing so. The estimated number of casualties for the Japanese if we were to invade is ten million! The American deaths predicted on invasion is shy of one million. The number of American deaths alone would break us as a nation. It is sad to think we had to kill thousands of people to save millions more. No matter how horrible it was, it had to be done, and I'm positive the Japanese would've done the same or worse to us in a heartbeat.
The United States’ use of the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified for multiple reasons. The primary reason was to put an end to the war, which would save both American and Japanese lives, and prevent Russian involvement in the Pacific, giving the United States ability to freely deal with Japan. The Atomic bombs acted as a response to the unexpected attack on U.S. Soil, Attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed thousands of U.S. Soldiers. The attack was seen as the first direct conflict with an enemy on U.S. Soil.
Nick: The Attack on Pearl Harbor could be seen similar to the modern day attack on 9/11, increasing support for revenge. It is not unpredictable that our reaction to a homeland attack would be to go to war, and eventually force unconditional surrender on the Japanese, and if they would reject surrender, it would require the use of the atomic bombs.
The Affirmative Argument: In favor of the proposition
Most importantly it was to end the war
Saved lives of both Japanese and Americans
Purpose of bomb was to end the war with the least possible American casualties.
Now imagine the bombs weren't dropped and Japan never unconditionally surrendered. Without surrender, invasion would have been necessary, risking many Allied and specifically American lives. Bombing against the Japanese would have continued, and with the Soviets intervening, the war would not have ended any differently. In the long run, the Atomic bombs saved lives for both the Allies and the Japanese.
In case Japan continued to refuse surrender, the Allies created a plan for invasion, called Operation Downfall
In March of 1945 the Japanese army transferred soldiers from Korea, northern Japan, and other areas.
By August, prior to surrender, the Japanese had 900,000 men prepared to fight.
Now in order to defeat an army by invasion of their home island, invasion would have cost hundreds of thousands Allied lives.
If invasion of Japan was necessary it is predicted there would have been over 1,000,000 casualties.
Now compare the numbers, 150-250,000 Japanese versus 1,000,000+ Japanese and Allied soldiers, in addition to Japanese civilians.
Small bombing would have continued, specifically the destructive “firebombing” because of its destructive results.
Prevented a dispute with Russia regarding the dealing of Japan
If the war was to be played out without the two Atomic bombs, the war would have been lengthened to which the Russians would have intervened.
Would have caused tensions between the U.S. And Russia → Russia, at the time, was also attempting to expand, similarly to Japan.
In order to cut off the expansion of Russia and minimize the influence of communism, the United States decided to demonstrate its power and strength by dropping an atomic bomb. Because the war ended early, America could deal with Japan freely without having to appeal to Soviet requests.
Similar example of what would have happened was the splitting of West vs East Germany. West Germany being democratic and East Germany being Communist. Rose tensions between
The bombing caused a total of 105,000 deaths. It was estimated that if we hadn't dropped the bomb and had decided to fight them on land half a million would die on both sides.
The atomic bomb caused a quick ending to World War II and saved many lives.
The Japanese would have fought to the death, so in the long run many lives were saved for both sides.
The war between the US and Japan in the Pacific had been raging for almost 5 years.
The Japanese had demonstrated fanatical resistance, fighting to the last man on the Pacific islands and unleashing kamikaze attacks at Okinawa.
Calls for Japan to surrender were ignored by their military leadership
Had the atomic bombs not been used, a full-scale invasion of Japan would have been necessary; resulting in hundreds of thousands more lives being lost.
Dropping the bomb saved countless American lives. Yes it killed civilians but that happens in war. It comes along with war and it has to be dealt with. Harry S. Truman said that 1/4 million causalities would have happened if America would have would have invaded the main island of Japan. 1/4 million people would've been the minimum number for American Deaths. Yes we took Innocent lives but we were at war with them. Lives get taken whether they are a threat or not. Saving American lives (millions) is worth it.
If not, more humans (Chinese, Asians of other countries and even more American soldiers) would have been slaughtered by the perpetual invaders. Hypocrites who cried about - "Oh poor Japanese". They should say " O! Poor Chinese who were raped and slaughtered" Imagine, how can we sympatheize with those who have killed more Asians (majority -Chinese) added together than the Jews killed by the Nazis.
The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 saved American and Japanese lives, ended World War II faster, and it was not as cruel as people believe as the Americans warned Japan twice before hand. President Truman made the wise decision as it was a much better solution than killing each other with machine guns.
When the japanese ruthlessly bombed pearl Barbour they should've known America was not going to sit back and watch. Dropping of the bomb also put an end to world war 2. The Japanese not only destroyed pearl but also invaded china, Singapore and hit Darwin a city in northern Australia. They also sent 3 midget submarines to Sydney all of which got captured except one which decided to suicide. They also invaded Korea and raped their women branding them as Korean comfort women.
Before the bombs were dropped the US was bombing many other cities with incendiary weapons which killed thousands of civilians, furthermore with the capture of Okinawa the US was on the door step to a mainland invasion which would have resulted in millions of Japanese deaths and thousands of American deaths. The Japanese inability to surrender was the reason the bombs needed to be dropped.
Japan left no other choice, an island invasion would have cost millions of lives and every Japanese citizen was prepared to fight. We gave them warning but they refused to listen. The Japanese were very ruthless, determined people who would all fight to the death and never surrender. The atomic bombs were the only sensible way to end the war with minimal causalities.
Hi, I'm from Singapore. During World War 2, the Japanese had attacked Singapore and took over. The Japanese made us suffer. For example, they made Malays work at the Death Railway and carried out Sook Ching. (Sook Ching was carried out to eliminate anti-Japanese elements among the Chinese community. Chinese who were identified as anti-Japanese were taken away to be executed.) Life in Singapore was hard when the Japanese took over. However, when the bomb was dropped on Japan, the Japanese surrendered shortly after. I agree that perhaps using atomic bombs was a bit extreme and they had killed millions of lives but can you imagine what Singapore would have been like if the bombs had not been dropped? We may have still been under the Japanese rule and the people of Singapore would have continued to suffer under the harsh rule of Japan.
Someone had to do something to make the point that if they targeted civilians, the elderly, the women and children, they open themselves up to response in kind. In fact I don't think they went far enough. We should have destroyed the imperial family. That Hirohito was a class A war criminal who pretended he didn't know what was going on. The Japanese still worship war criminals as national heroes even now in the 21st Century (check out Yasukuni). That shows how morally bankrupt this country is. This unremorseful attitude is only partly balanced out by the two atomic bombings. Without Hiroshoma and Nagasaki, they could have claimed victory. This could not be allowed to happen. Beneath all the façade of modernity, they continue to question whether their soldiers killed millions of civilians, turned women into sex slaves, and teach their citizens that Japan was forced into war.
Thousands of soldiers in Europe were going to be sent to the Asian theater after VE-Day and my dad was one of them. Of course, it is silly to say it was okay because my dad might have died and I never would have been born but ... The sadness of the bombings and the civilians who suffered is overwhelming and it is hard to justify so I won't. I will say, if I was in the President's chair I probably would have done the same thing. I think the hatred of Japan was so strong that the loss of Japanese life was not of much concern to anyone at that time.
My first contention is that it was a less risky option.
“President Harry S. Truman considered several ways to convince Japan to quit the war: 1) intensifying the already heavy bombing of Japanese cities; 2) waiting for the Soviet Union, an ally in defeating Germany, to join the war against Japan; 3) allowing Japan's emperor, Hirohito, to remain on his throne; and 4) invading Japan.The first three options were far from certain to compel a Japanese surrender quickly, however, and each posed serious military, political, and diplomatic risks. More than 55,000 Americans had already died fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. An invasion was certain to be very costly in American lives.
When the atomic bomb became available in July 1945, it appeared to be the most promising way to end the war as soon as possible and without the drawbacks of the alternatives.” (NYTimes.com)
Dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was not immoral--it was necessary to end the war.
My second contention is that they started the war and if they didn’t then this would have never happened.
“We dropped the bomb because the Japanese were ruthless people who dropped bombs on us first. They destroyed our ships making it to where we couldn't ship as much and defend ourselves. They tore apart Pearl Harbor so much that they could have invaded there and took over and they were sad they didn't. It was only fair that we bomb them in return. It may have killed hundreds but they killed our people, too!” (Institute of Historical Review)
If they hadn’t started the war by bombing our battle ships in Pearl Harbor then they wouldn’t have started World War 2.
The US had to force Japan into surrender with the atomic bombs because the Japanese, men, women and children alike, were prepared to defend every inch of Japan until they had all died. Japan did not even surrender after the first nuke was dropped. The US had to drop two bombs in order for the Japanese to surrender. The atomic bomb killed many but it saved many more lives than it ended.
If it wasn't for US dropping the bomb, who knows how much longer the war would have went for. US did not need any more casualties and they just wanted the nightmare to be over. They wanted an easy quick way to end the war and they picked this way. I understand that it was a bit extreme, but I believe it was needed, the Japanese did not want to give up, so the US made them.
The reason for having Japan being bombed was to make sure for Japan did not invade our country. If Japan took drastic measures on taking over our country, then we had no choice but to show Japan that America won't be defeated easily. Truman believed that Japan is the only Axis country that was still active as the other Axis countries had surrendered under the Allied forces. If Japan was left alone, Japan would expand their Axis powers across China and other parts of Asia and could overthrow the Allied forces. The last reason why Japan should have been bombed is to weaken their power. With the bombs dropping down on Japan's two major cities, it would disrupt Japan's resources and prevent them to focus on creating weapons and air-crafts.
I think that if we had not we would have been like a child with a gun; We would not have understood how powerful it was. So by dropping it on japan we were able to use it in context and really understand what we had here, a weapon of mass destruction. This gives us a sense of what we had here which is an important thing when dealing with nuclear bombs.
Because the Germans were trying to create an atomic bomb themselves. What would you're point of view be if they had succeeded before us and dropped a bomb on us? It was either us or them and America isn't gonna sit there and take an atomic bomb to the face nooooo. We offered Japan to surrender and they because they're SO honorable said they would only surrender at death and that every civilian would participate in the war. So we dropped the bomb and I'm glad they did. It they saved lives in the process.
Japan was unstoppable and bloodthirsty. The amount of innocent people who were tortured, killed and raped exceeds at least twenty fold the damage done by the second atomic bomb. The countries conquered were Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands. Along with part of; China, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and Kiribati. This all happened in a span of 8 years. If Japan had not been stopped, what would the future have been today? Would all our ancestors have been made slaves and raped? The Japanese also murdered and ate the Australian and American prisoners of war.
After Japan invaded China in 1937, Japanese troops were encouraged by their officers to embark on an orgy of murder, rape, and looting that shocked the civilized world. The depravity of the Japanese troops is not surprising having regard to their being taught that Chinese were "chancorro", or sub-human, and that the killing of Chinese was of no greater significance than the killing of vermin. Chinese civilians were rounded up on the slightest pretext to provide Japanese troops with bayonet practice. Millions of Chinese, both civilian and prisoners of war, were brutally murdered in the course of Japan's undeclared war on China between 1937 and 1945.
The brutality of the imperialist japan is comparable to and sits side by side with the brutality of the Nazi SS of Adolf Hitler.
If there's any Country who needed to stop having a Military, it was Japan, they were crazy, uncontrollable. As much as I hate people saying bombing Japan was a bad idea, it was probably the best thing to end this was ASAP. Also after this Nuclear Bomb it changed everyone to never use a NUKE in another country. I think this was the only way, I wouldn't wanted a even more devastating Bomb to hit a country.
This bomb will hasten the end of war by approximately 6 months.
This bomb will show the strength of America to the rest of the world.
We cannot let Japan get away with what they did.
They brought us into the war not the other way round.
Japan has proven to us that cannot surrender without a big action like this.
A home invasion would have killed more of our men; compared to a bomb it kills none of our men.
The war would have gone on longer we do not bomb Japan.
Japan is a hard nation that needs to be taught a lesson.
Japan will not give up unless we surprise attack them.
Both of my grandfathers had fought in the Pacific campaign one in the army one in the Navy. The casualty rate for both Americans and the Japanese would have virtually assured that one if not both of them would have died. To stand here in this time and say that it was wrong after the war has been won and the threat has past is to second guess what may have happened. If Sherman had not completed his march to the sea while practicing total war would the will of the South have been broken, leading to surrender and helping to save lives on both sides?
Death is never a pleasant thing but in the cold numbers that would be bodies for both sides I would drop the bomb every time and have Grandpa at my birthday.
If they went kamakazi they would die anyway, but they're suicide shouldnt harm us. Remember the Bataan Death March. When cornered on a peninsula the japanese jumped off the cliff insteed of being prisoner of war. Remember the losses of D Day. We needed to defeat japan SOLO so we had the upperhand over it unlike for poland. The USSR could have defeated them, but then communism would spread to japan. IF JAPAN WAS COMY THEN THE KOREAN GULF WAR IS A NONO AND VIETNAM VETS WOULD COME HOME WITH MORE DEFEAT, LESS SOLDIERS, AND MORE LIBERALS SPITTING ON THEM
By a 13 year old boy
Yes of course We would have lost many more men/lives if we kept fighting and fighting. What we did was destructive and was uncalled for but we also did fairly warn Japan with flyers and they did not back off. So we had to make the only decision left end the war now.
Do any of you know what would have happened if the US didn't. The Japanese would never have surrendered. We would have had to invade. Have you seen Okinawa or Iwo Jima? The US lost 15,000 lives to take that Island, and Japan lost about 100,000 each. For tiny islands! This is not a tiny island, but their home soil. They would have fought to the last man. Civilians were getting trained to attack the US with spears, women and children. The US would have had to fight for every inch of ground. They would have to kill every Japanese person that resisted. It would have been horrific. It would have been like Stalingrad, Moscow, Leningrad, the Somme, Verdun, or Paschendale. Heck, it would have been so much worse. The number of lives lost might have been in the tens of millions, there were 71 million people still living in Japan, and many would have been all to willing to fight, They would have attacked the Americans with everything they had, from spears all the way machine guns. Can you imagine something like that? It might have easily changed the casualties from an already horrible 60-70 million to 80-90 million. The people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and likely every city, would have likely died as a result, just the same.
The war might have continued into 1946 or even 1947, as the US would have to pay for every inch in blood. Churchill estimated that a million Americans and have a million British would have been killed. Is it really worth trading those hundred thousand who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the millions who would have died in the meat grinder that followed?
Dropping the bombs forced the Japanese to surrender. Yes, I know it killed thousands of innocent people, but just think of what kind of horrible things the Japanese would of done if the bombs weren't dropped. It did save lives from the Japanese and other nations doing horrible things surrendered as well.
The Japanese forces, though they knew they were beaten, refused multiple, generous offers to surrender. They continued to wage war despite the fact that they knew more war would only result in more loss of lives, not a chance for victory. Had the U.S decided not to drop the bombs, an estimated quarter of a million U.S lives would have been lost in the following invasion and capture of Japan, not to mention all of the Japanese lives. The death of so many innocent Japanese civilians was absolutely horrible and wrong, and I hope that such a thing never becomes necessary again, but it was something very necessary. Would you rather have had our troops die instead? We had the power and the incentive to use the bomb, and we did. Do you think the Japanese would have done any differently if they had the choice? It's the classic, choose your friends over strangers dilemma. Either option would result in huge casualties. So, when it came down to it, we chose ourselves over the enemy. By dropping the bombs, we also saved millions of dollars that would have been wasted trying to capture Japanese land, we saved hundreds of thousands of U.S soldier's lives, we ended the war in a matter of days rather than months or years and we sent a message to every other nation in the world that a new age of warfare was in the making. Yes, the price was high. Yes, the death's were awful. But war is not without cost or loss. The dropping of the bombs was the ONLY time in the history of wartime, even to present day, that weapons of mass destructive have been used.
No one here is going to say that the Atomic bombs were good. They're not, they're awful. But I would hope that any American here would agree that the dropping of the atomic bomb was necessary and that it was the best solution to end a terrible war.
You think it was inhumane to drop the bomb on Japan, but you know what is inhumane? Having women over the age of 70 and girls under the age of 8 being raped. Pregnant women having their stomachs slaughtered. All done by the Japanese soldiers. They had it coming period.
The US had dropped the atomic bomb on July of 1945. The decision made by FDR himself, first uncertain, but then decisive. The threatening attack by Japan against the U.S. on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, had devastated many throughout the U.S.A., a so called "surprise attack", which became the date of infamy. Both events recognized by FDR. So how can the atomic bomb be described as an act of revenge? We can say that, but really the U.S. has sought to create peace without the destruction of American lives, not like the Japanese Kamikaze acts of nationalism suicides. The atomic bomb was the answer to nationalism, that would be the same, when the Japanese had not surrendered beforehand. Yet that sentiment for their country, they sacrificed their lives to uphold the superiority of Japan. As we date back to the years of World War 2, we have to think, what more could the U.S. have done to create the peace in the world? Three years involvement of the U.S. in the war, had to make us rethink the steps to the war and out of the war, versus World War 1. We had to make a statement where everyone listened, we already had the Soviets on our side and Germany in our hands, now Japan needed to be controlled and surrendered.
The US govt. predicted that a full-scale invasion of Japan would have cost 900,000 or 1,000,000 Allied lives. But this prediction was only a justification to use the nuclear device. It was based on the prediction that the Japanese would fight to the last person, the last little boy and old lady. We were told that the citizens of Japan were trained to tie a kitchen knife to a broomstick and go after US soldiers with that.
Of course it's always impossible to say what would have happened if things were different. There are whole websites devoted to 'What If' history. But both the US and Japan knew the war was over at this point. Japan was already trying to arrange a ceasefire so they could negotiate a surrender (we did allow the ceasefire after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuked). The US said it wanted -unconditional- surrender, but in the end we allowed them to keep their emperor, which was all they really wanted.
Also, in President Truman's defense, nobody really understood just how deadly the bombs would be. Truman was told only that it was a big bomb that could level a city, and some people would die from radiation. But nobody understood about fallout, radioactive dust lofted high in the atmosphere that would come down for decades, hundreds or even thousands of miles away, and continue to kill people for decades after the event. We learned about this later, in nuclear testing in Nevada and Utah in the 1950s.
I believe Prime Minister Winston Churchill puts it best:
"There are voices which assert that the bomb should never have been used at all. I cannot associate myself with such ideas. . . . I am surprised that very worthy people—but people who in most cases had no intention of proceeding to the Japanese front themselves—should adopt the position that rather than throw this bomb, we should have sacrificed a million American and a quarter of a million British lives."
The dropping of the atomic bombs were justified in a sense because the casualties totaled approximately 199,000, whereas the Secretary of War for the US at the time claimed that about 1 million American troops would have been killed invading Japanese occupied territories. That estimation is only for American troops, not including Japanese! Also, because of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the terrible treatment of prisoners of war (Japanese had the highest POW death rate at approximately 30% whereas Germany was at about 3%) the Japanese were unpredictable and not following the unwritten rules of warfare at the time and therefore needed to be stopped as fast as possible. The atomic bomb did just that: stopped the war faster.
Ending the war faster was also very important as it stopped the war before Russia was able to invade. This was important because the war against Japan would have given Russia a reason to invade Asian territory - which history shows they had been after in the past - while not being the nation beginning the war.
Japan had made it clear they were not going to give up this war with out a fight. Which they proved in the battle of Iwo Jima & the battle of Okinowa. We were losing so many men to this war something had to be done to stop this war.
They should have dropped the bomb because of what the Japanese did at pearl harbor, they deserved it. They killed many people and we just retaliated by killing their people as they did ours. Also if we didn't drop the bomb we were going to invade but that would have cost a lot more lives than just dropping a bomb on them.
We would have lost many more men/lives if we kept fighting and fighting. What we did was destructive and was uncalled for but we also did fairly warn Japan with flyers and they did not back off. So we had to make the only decision left end the war now.
The atomic bomb was necessary to ensure Japanese surrender, end the war with Japan before Russia could get involved, and save lives of people not just in the U.S., but in the Pacific. By the time August 1945 rolled around, Japan should have been begging for surrender; however, they continued to fight for their pride, causing more and more deaths. Secondly, if the USSR had somehow formed an alliance with Japan, it would have spelled a certain World War III to come. Should America and the USSR defeat Japan together, Japan would have been split into to sections (at least) just like Germany and Berlin; instead, aided by General MacArthur, Japan would be able to recover economically and psychologically from the tragedy of war. Finally, the atomic bombs were implemented to save the lives of not just American soldiers (oh, how selfish of us - wanting to save our brothers, fathers, and sons from death at the hands of a foreign enemy!), but civilians throughout the Pacific. While America was bombing Japan, battles were being fought in both China and the Philippines. Prisoners of war were dying from torture and brutality or being experimented on by Hirohito's soldiers in a very Hitler-esque manner.
Despite all of the good reasons for the bomb and the fact that I believe that America's actions were completely justified, the negative effects are there and quite evident. The psychological damage to the Japanese (and, it can be argued, Americans who were responsible for the bomb) and general desensitizing of nations throughout the world to such brutality, mass destruction, and violations of the code of ethics are among the detrimental events that came because we dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nonetheless, the United States definitely should have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan; who knows where we might be if we hadn't?
The bombs were aimed at war production factories as well as garrisons. In Hiroshima about 20,000 who died were in the Japanese military. Japan dragged the US into the war unprovoked so we needed an un-conditional treaty. Japan needed a wake up call and what better than a 5 ton nuke?
My opponent argues that American refusal to modify its unconditional surrender demand to include allowing the Japanese to keep their emperor needlessly prolonged Japan’s resistance. Americans should’ve been more flexible to Japan but since the bombing of Pearl Harbor and fighting in the Pacific they could’t risk letting the Japanese keep their leader because American didn’t know what Japan was planning to do. Because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and did not surrendering earlier, we could’t be flexible with them and let them keep their leader. He could have been planning to attack America or sending more Japanese soldiers to war.
The Japanese were people who under no circumstances surrendered. If were to invaded Tokyo, we may have lost up to have a million soldiers. In my opinion, dropping the atomic bomb was necessary. When people say innocent lives were lost, do they know that allow Japan was with the emperor and in support of his ideas. Not saying they were all corrupt, but the US had to do what they had to do.
If people don't know it, the US warned Japan that they had a nuclear weapon and made an offer/threat on Japan demanding to surrender. Japan denied thinking US was bluffing. US had no other choice in marking their words considering if they don't, Japan would have the clear advantage in warfare. As for an atomic bomb being too harsh, it wasn't harsh enough in my opinion. The attack on Pearl Harbor had no limitations and was an attack that was designed to wipe anything possible. Who knows what would have happened if the atomic bomb wasn't dropped? Lets just say us Americans are proud the outcome of it was a surrender on Japan's end instead of US surrendering because too many Americans lost their lives. This is what war is about and why not show what you have when Japan did just that?
We need to find the quickest way to end the war. Also if we didn't drop the bomb the potential casualties for the US was 5x more then what Japan lost after the bombing. And by dropping the bomb we stopped in potential attacks on us by MAJOR countries. And by dropping the bomb we stopped the soviets from spreading communist ideas.
When the atomic bomb became available in July 1945, it appeared to be the most promising way to end the war as soon as possible and without the drawbacks of the alternatives.
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and then Nagasaki persuaded Emperor Hirohito, who had wavered for weeks, that the war must end immediately. Combined with the Soviet entry into the conflict, the atom bombs brought about Japan's surrender within a few days.
The bomb was necessary to accomplish Truman's primary objectives of forcing a prompt Japanese surrender and saving American lives, perhaps thousands of them.
If we would have continued to go down the path of arrogance lead by Japan we would have killed twice as many people on both sides while still coming with the same results and having to pull ourselves out of further economy debt. So I believe for the time being that was the correct move but no person should have access to that much power so I also believe no one in this day and age should be able to even touch the research.
During the war, Japan basically slaughtered civilians and soldiers. Some say the Japanese killed as many as 30 million Filipinos, Malays, Vietnamese, Cambodians, and at least 23 millions of these were Chinese. Not only that, but it was found that Japanese raped up to 200,000 women, as "comfort women". You can look up the "Nanking Massacre" and see the destruction the Imperial Japanese Army caused. If one were to think in terms of retaliation, then the atomic bombings would be more than fair based on deaths at the hands of the IJA.
I think that we should have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan because statistically it was more smart than invading. If we had invaded instead of dropping the bomb, their would have been casualties on both sides, and we would have kept fighting and fighting until one of the sides gave up. If we hadn't bombed Japan, who knows how long the war would've gone on? It would've gone on, resulting in maybe even more loss of life and destruction than simply dropping the bomb did. Statistically, this was a good choice. Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, almost forcing us to enter the war for revenge, so that was the start of the U.S.A's part in World War II. It seems like justice that we bombed Japan,ending the war and taking our revenge.
One bomb is understandable, but to be completely honest Japan would have surrendered without bombs. The mass murdering (because that's exactly what it was) of millions of Japanese citizens was unnecessary! We would have been devastated if they bombed America and it was our families that were wiped out. Then after all of it America decides they can say who gets to use their nuclear weapons and who cant. I don't think so!
So what if the U.S. would've fought in the war longer? Japan would've been spared the horror. Harmless, innocent civilians were brutally murdered, the subsequent radiation made the cities unlivable for the longest time, and the environment was harmed horribly. Forget bombings, we should've fought longer!
The people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not criminals. They were just normal people going about their day. Not only was it inhumane to the survivors, but that land is now ruined by radiation. There is no excuse for causing the devastation that the U.S. Released upon that area of land.
Even though bombing was required to end the war, the US could have dropped fire bombs which would have had a similar effect in terms of death tolls and destruction to the infrastructure, but would not have lead to the after effects of an atomic bomb, like the contamination of their water sources and crop, and radiation poisoning. It also lead to other countries developing WMD and nuclear missile programs. This has become a huge threat to World Peace and had the US not played the "Atomic Bomb card", we wouldn't be facing this threat today.
If America was trying to show that it had power, they could have dropped the bomb in a less populated area still showing the damage the bomb could do without having to take so many innocent souls. That would have scared the Japanese and still caused them to surrender, especially considering the fact that America could have been planning to drop more and destroy everything.
Not all of the people in Japan were guilty. Some were innocent, and weren't even involved. It just wasn't very fair to the citizens in Japan. They should have just stuck with a simple war. At least less people would have died and the innocent people would have been safe.
No, I don't believe that the U.S. should have dropped the atomic bomb. The atomic bombs that we dropped on Japan were completely uncalled for and were an excessive show of force which could have been easily avoided through diplomatic means. The regions of those bomb sites had lasting effects of the nuclear blast and left many in the area with problems and also left their children with problems. It is ironic that the U.S. polices the world in who is allowed to carry nuclear weapons and who is not, even though we are one of the only countries to ever use them on another nation.
Using the atomic bomb, a weapon of unfathomable power to those never a target of one, was a mistake. It showed the rest of the world that nuclear energy can be weaponized, which is proven by the stockpiles held in multiple nations today, and was nothing more than a brute show of force much akin to the 9/11 bombings. Yes, delegations were refused by the Japanese government; however, we also refused to delegate with the respective governments that supported the 9/11 attacks. An old proverb states "the pot's calling the kettle black," it seems hippocritical for us to commit genocide.
Why end war with more war? It is not at all necessary. It isn't right to kill kids and murder whole families just because the government thinks it is okay to do so. It isn't right, and the United States should not have done what they did. It was the wrong decision for the United States to do that to innocent people.
No, because the reason the United States did this was just to intimidate Russia and many, many innocent lives were lost. There were diplomatic options available. The United States remains the only country to have used such a devastating bomb to this day. It was evil and a black mark on the United States.
So 9/11 was so bad, but you can kill thousands more and slowly let thousands more die from the radiation and die even now, but if some died from a plane it has to become World Tower day. The nukes were hundreds of times worse than 9/11 but America we did it to save our life so the lives of Americans are more important then the live of thousands of Japanese women, men and children.
Almost every number stated in these arguments is wrong. No "millions" of lives were lost. Around 100,000 mostly innocent Japanese civilians were killed due to the initial blast and the radiation that stuck around.
Also a land invasion of Japan would not have cost millions of lives, the number was estimated at between 40,000-60,000. That data comes from recently declassified documents. That is still unacceptable, but nowhere close to the "millions" I keep seeing.
President Truman dropped the bomb without ever knowing all the facts, and as a result millions of people who did nothing wrong and people who were not even in the army died! Even President Eisenhower said "it wasn't necessary to hit the them with that awful thing."
A thirteen year old boy said "When I became conscious, I found myself crushed by lots of plaster and timbers. I managed to crawl out. My mother could not be seen, but I heard her voice. She said she could not move because her legs were caught by a big pillar. I tried to pull out the broken pillar. I pushed....as hard as I could, but it was no use. I asked passers-by to help us, but they couldn't because they were all injured and thoroughly occupied in trying to save themselves. When the fire came close to us, my mother said, 'Don't care about me. Hurry up. Run Away!' Terribly broken-hearted, I said, 'I'm sorry mum'." It was all thank to the atomic bomb.
The United States would have won even if they hadn't used the atomic bombs. Japan would've surrendered eventually. I think they did it just to test the bombs' capabilities. I mean, if they're really aiming to crush the Japanese military, why not drop it directly at Japanese military bases or if they wanted to, directly at Tokyo.
The dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan was destructive and caused much suffering to many of the people over there, not counting the fact that people died painfully later on from the radiation. It left Japan in a bitterness from defeat and the destruction of their country. True that they did a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor but the bomb ended up destroying most of their country. Also, warfare should only be keep and fight with military to military, why should civilian lives be involved?
If you were a small 5 year old child and you were just sat inside your house with your mother, and suddenly, the whole world seems to have disappeared and you're dying....Well, it's not really a great idea to drop atomic bombs then, is it? Yes, Japan was totally wrong in attacking Pearl Harbour, and going along with the wrong side, but in the end, sometimes you have to think about the negatives before the positives. Japan had already lost (even though they wouldn't admit it to themselves), and the U.S., England and France had already won. Japan were the only enemies who were still trying to fight. Fair enough, if it weren't for the bombs, Japan mightn't have surrendered. Who knows? But murdering the millions of such innocent lives isn't really the best answer. Nor is invading. Maybe if the government came up with a better plan then that would've been necessary, not nuclear bombings which has totally wiped out any chance of world peace. Killing and injuring millions of innocent people isn't the best solution to ending a world war, in my opinion. In fact, if I had ended the war like that, I would have it on my conscience forever. I would feel like a murderer who got away with it.
The atomic bombs was kept secret by the USA and the world was not aware of such weapon. Therefore, there was no ruling or regulating body that sets limits, rules and laws about the usage of the weapons. This pretty much means that USA has unrestricted control of its secret bomb. Although USA is seen as the superpower, that does not mean USA has the right to use such thing. Yes, it was tested and evaluated by scientists before it was actually used, but it was only by the American scientists, not by professionals from other nations. America does not have the power to do whatever they want.
"It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were almost defeated and ready to surrender...in being the first to use it, we...adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages." -Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy.
The Japanese were actually ready to surrender long before the bombs were realized; it was the US who demanded an unconditional surrender.
Now, the atomic bomb didn't really change the tide of war that much, considering that several other Japanese cities had been bombed to oblivion, whether by one plane and one bomb, or several planes and several bombs was trivial. It was really the invading forces from the soviet union that made the Japanese surrender, and because they knew the soviets would claim many territories from Japan, among others the island Hokaido, they submitted to the US, using the atomic bombs as their reasoning.
So if the Americans didn't need to drop the bomb on Japan, why did Truman command it? It was entirely to "flex their muscles" for the Soviets to witness their power.
I often wonder at night about the fallen. The horrible crimes that have been committed. The silence of the grave I receive when asking for answers. I consider this "bombing" to be an act of total hubris on the part of the United States and I feel that such an event should never have happened. I cannot understand why such a weapon was developed. I cannot even comprehend the damage and life that was lost, that is why I'm against this "bombing." I'm also ashamed to be American because of this event. I truly am sorry for the troubles my nation has caused this Earth and I hope to one day lead the United States into an age of true reason and understanding.
Never in a million years should an atomic bomb be dropped on anyone, firstly. It causes more physical agony than anyone should ever endure. Secondly, the argument that the Japanese weren't going to stop are completely false, too. There were talks about surrendering to the Allies days before the events at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thirdly, the argument that it was retaliation against Pear Harbor? BS. 2000 died in Pearl Harbor. 200,000 died in Japan. Is this retaliation, revenge, or just plain slaughter?
If it's not apparent, I'm with the whole "plain slaughter" argument.
In my opinion United States of America shoudn't use nuclear bomb on Japan. But they did. Because Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.In two waves of terror lasting two long hours, they killed or wounded over 3,500 Americans and sank or badly damaged 18 ships - including all 8 battleships of the Pacific Fleet - and over 350 destroyed or damaged aircraft. At least 1,177 lives were lost when the Battleship Arizona exploded and sank.
However, they did not sink any of Pacific aircraft carriers and they left most of the fuel that was needed to win the war in the Pacific. In one stroke, the Japanese navy scored a brilliant success. At the Pearl Harbor 3,500 soldiers died. According to the number of deaths at Pearl Harbor to the number of deaths at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki the nuber of deaths at Pearl Harbor is almost nothing. Also most of those who died in Pearl Harbor was soldiers and most who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was innocent people.
The day after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of United States Congress. Roosevelt called December 7 "a date which will live in infamy". Congress declared war on the Empire of Japan amid outrage at the attack and the late delivery of the note from the Japanese government breaking off relations with the U.S. government, actions considered treacherous. Pacifist Representative Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, cast the only dissenting vote. Roosevelt signed the declaration of war later the same day. Continuing to intensify its military mobilization, the U.S. government finished converting to a war economy, a process begun by provision of weapons and supplies to the Soviet Union and Great Britain.
After they join the was vs japan they took all of the Japaneese people who lived in America and put them in prison. I think it is also unfair to them, because in world war one or at other war those Japanese people was fighting there protecting them. And now they took them to prison because their Native country attacked the U.S, its not fair. Also when the U.S. drops those two atomic bomb dozens of thousands of people died. When atomic bomb explodes people who are in radius of explsion dieing first. They die because of explasiaon that destroys almost everything around its radius and also people also died because of light damage the just burm them. Also the atomic shodow the went up damge the atmosphere. After the bombing very small amount of people survived because they died of explsion and the the radiation the was just burning them slowly from inside. After all of the peopl was have to almost remove the city they ere have remove the graund building almost everything to get red of readiation. So I think that was a bad idea to drop those atomic bombs.
I have no problems on attacking a military base such as the Pearl Harbor, that was made to fight back. But using an Atomic Bomb on a city with innocent women and children and most of the surviving group suffering from the radiation is worse than the Pearl Harbor.
I don't care what Truman claimed it saved millions of lives, its all bull, just to make America without shame or regret. Even though Japanese Army did many cruel things during war, but are we any different how the U.S. Cavalry or how Columbus killed, raped, and slaved Native Americans?
The bomb was new... There was no warning that it would be so bad, Japan was given to days to react, yes, they reacted inadequately but that was not a reason to kill or disease innocent, unknowing civilians. The effects were not only shot-term but were also long-term, with people dying months later. This event was completely injustifiable.
The war had already ended... So what was the point... The city was barely armed... What a heartless disgrace... For even a rat would not had stooped that low in over killing thousands of innocent people... Would they have done it to us... Then the blood of thousands would be in there hands... But we were the ones who did it so the blood and guilt is in ourcruel hands... Weather we like it or not...
While it did end the war it destroyed the land and brutally murder the innocents who lived on it. To further explain my argument I suggest you watch this video on YouTube: "Barefoot Gen Hiroshima Destroyed". Now, I understand that sometimes we can't let emotions cloud our judgment for the greater good, but honestly, this was also a crime against nature. The radiation from the bomb created problems for the people and land that last many, many years afterwards. And, like previous comments have stated, there were several other effective ways in which we could have resolved the matter. One last thing, this event lead to the invention of a killing machine. A weapon such as the atomic bomb is a terrible thing to exist in this world. No group of civilians deserve to die this way...
Civilian murder is a war crime, killing somewhere around 180 thousand people due to the nuclear warfare over the next four months of radiation.
Both places are still in unlivable conditions.
Both locations were known for holding a large military headquarters that could’ve been wiped out with normal military air strikes, which would’ve killed far less civilians, and the land would still be salvageable.
Let’s say the first nuking was necessary, the second was dropped without threat, and without time for Japan to take a toll of the deaths to surrender.
Back then, America had the main advantage prior to making stuff like bombs because their technology was advanced. The Japanese were not as advanced as America, hence the reason why they did not make something similar to the atomic Bomb. It wasn't fair for the atomic bomb to take place because America obviously had the better chance of winning.
There were innocent people there that we bombed thoughtlessly only thinking of our self. I found it quiet horrifying for the fact we were happy and proud to kill millions of lives! Civilians never needed to be involved. I mean now come on people. I understand that you guy didn't want to go to war because a click of a button it a lot easier but now that will be on our shoulders for as long as there still breathing. Im sure they can easily throw together some nukes and click a button as well but it would've been much much less cruel to just go to war.
Truman just wanted to show off the United States' military power to the Soviets so he did not accept any of the prior attempts of Japan to surrender. Also, the Soviets had millions of troops sitting right outside of Japan pushing them to surrender. Don't believe it when these war mongers try to tell you that genocide is okay.
The act of dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was not necessary. The war could've been ended any other way. But the United States wanted to drop the bomb as an experiment. We had no idea what would happen when the bomb was dropped on humans. Also, it was just to show off to the other countries of the world. And, the United States did not even drop the bomb on Japan's military. They dropped it on innocent bystanders who did nothing wrong.
I can understand that curiosity might have driven Truman to drop an atomic bomb. It was a wonder and a mystery. The shame is that after having seen the devastating effects of this new "weapon" that he dropped another bomb.
A child playing with matches may burn a house down, and be forgiven, because he did not know. If the child burns another house down you will understand he is flawed.
Truman dropped a second atomic bomb.
We bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki to scare Japan because the war needed to end. There are BETTER ways to go about ending the war. It is unnecessary to kill thousands of innocent people. Completely unnecessary. Nothing can justify killing innocent people. There were children. Babies were melted from the chemicals in the bombs. How can you think that's okay?
Now I understand that the Japanese had chances to surrender but was this really the only option? I don't understand how you can justify this when innocent citizens were murdered. I know that they underestimated the power of the atomic bomb, but I also know that the people that were part of the bombing found it hard to live with themselves after their mass murder. They had to live with that regret and guilt, imagine that. It is simply my opinion.
While some warmongers love to ramble on and on about how "death is a part of war" and that "civilians die," it's simply not true in it's entirety. Targeting civilians has always been disgraceful in warfare and today it is a war crime if not a crime against humanity, especially with deaths in that magnitude. Japan was on it's way down, and destroying hundreds of thousands of innocents in TWO SEPARATE ATTACKS was just unnecessary and evil.
Perhaps America could have justified one, but they dropped two, which was completely unnecessary. America could have shown the dangerous power of the bomb to Japanese leaders on uninhabited land, and they might have surrendered. America also justified the bomb by saying that "1 milion" Americans would have died had they not: a completely made up statistic. Had America gotten over their pride of having non-conditional surrender, Japan would've has surrendered if they knew their emperor wouldn't have been harmed, who was basically a religious figure to them.A America had many chances to come to terms with Japan but in all honesty they probably just wanted to see the shear destructive magnitude of the bomb.
It was very horrible to bomb innocent citizens, even if they were from an enemy country. Nuclear bombs should be outlawed in general, and this is an example. Had WE been bombed by Japan with a nuclear bomb, we would be outraged. They were outraged too. Yes, Japan was cruel too in that war, but it didn't give the US an excuse to showcase a weapon at the cost of countless lives.
The atomic bomb wiped out a vast majority of Japan’s population and at the time Japan did not have what it took to fight a nuclear war. With that aside, I cannot rationalize fighting a nuclear war under any circumstances. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was wrong and killed a lot of innocent men. However, that does not call for a nuclear war. When the United States dropped the atom bomb it killed thousands of innocent people who were not responsible for the war and were not involved in it.
Japan's surrender may have been uncertain, but that isn't to say it should be tested with an atomic bomb. And it was clear that they were on the verge of surrender in the face of many hardships in famine and other resources.
The US government should have given a clearer warning than the ambiguous "complete and utter destruction of Japan" stated in the Potsdam Declaration. With the safeguard of the Emperor uncertain, Japan would obviously not have made an acceptances. The Americans were aware of this deep fervor and love the Japanese possessed toward their Emperor. Many historians, American one as well, would often compare the crucifixion of Jesus in Christendom to that of Japan and their Emperor.
The argument that "they dropped the bomb on us first" is childish. It's not a child's game of revenge or tag when dealing with hundreds of thousands of civilian lives.
Yes, Japan should not have attacked Pearl Harbor. However, to then go on to say "it is only fair we bomb them in return" is just as bad ignorant.
Two wrongs do not make a right.
I think we must also step out of own milieu and eliminate as much bias as we can. Americans would of course have deep feelings of resentment towards the Japanese at such time, and Japanese would of course argue against the dropping of the bombs. Look at both perspectives.
Upon visiting the peace dome in Japan, you cannot exit with a dry eye. Not only are there stories of innocent women and children walking through the streets with the flesh on their faces and limbs falling off from the heat and radiation, but also the long term effects that devastated the lives of many. The birth defects and leukemia in innocent children not even alive during the bombing is just horrific to think about. They did not deserve to endure that.
The psychological aspect of the weapon is devastating to the nation.
The long-term tensions should have been thought about before the dropping of the bomb.
All war is horrible and inexcusable, and if we continue to possess these feelings of hate towards conflicts of the past, how can we reach peace in the present?
Tactical maybe, In my opinion this is the ideology of general america. If its quick and easy we want it! Now america wants to control all nuclear weapons, yet there the only ones who lacked control. When a nuke gets dropped on america, and I can almost guarantee that if any country is to get nuked it will be them, all the people who answered yes here will quickly learn that a nuclear war whether tactical or economical, is wrong. It signifies only one thing, FEAR! Were they so devastated how hard it was to take two tiny islands they completely gave up, and in fear dropped massive atomic weapons.
Everyone agrees that what the Japanese did to Pearl Harbor and in China is absolutely horrible and they were the scum of the earth for doing it...So what does that make us for turning around and doing the same thing back to them? I don't know all the facts of why the decision was made but I feel things could have been handled differently.
I don't agree with what the Japanese did to Pearl Harbor but I don't believe the best way to handle the situation was to go and kill over 100,000 civilians that had nothing to do with the attack at Pearl Harbor. The people at Hiroshima had no warning and were put through absolute hell! I guess I want to believe that there could have been a better way to end the war...
I'm a Japanese and of course, Anerica must not have used nuclear bom to Japan. I do not know how much details you, Americans, know about the terrible and really really sad stories, but once you understand what was actually happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, you cannot say it was right. Very often Americans say that Mr.President used nuclear bom to end the war as soon as possible or to revenge what Japanese did, but that is just excuses. Japanese was already ready to loose and Anerican already attacked Tokyo or Okinawa so badly. I hope one day, Anericans recognize the true history.
A reason why the U.S should not have dropped the bomb is because of how much money was spent to make the bomb. The atomic bomb cost around 2 million dollars, that was a total waste of time and money, that money could have gone to health care, the people that are living on the streets, and maybe even donations to medical illnesses. During the explosion, 90% of medical infrastructures was destroyed, the people that were barely surviving, didn't have much help from nurses since they were all dead.
The atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima were completely wrong. If you looked into it, the Russians were going to invade them anyway causing them to surrender. Also, the bombs that were dropped were studied by Russian scientists and that is most likely why the Russians and Koreans and Japanese even had a glimpse at the Manhattan Project. Within the split of a second, 125,000 people were dead between each of the droppings, all of those poor souls could have been saved, but nope, they didn't even see it coming. Honestly, I think violence is most certainly the last resort, but for some reason it wasn't for Harry S. Truman. Maybe it is because he didn't trust the Russians, maybe it was just to get back at the ones would destroyed the largest Navy base in the United States, or maybe it was just to get President Truman's moxy up. But I don't really care. Violence is wrong, especially when it involves innocent peoples lives within the touch of a little red button held by the hand of some trained schmuck from New Jersey flying the Enola Gay at the same time! Whatever the reason, whatever the doubts, it was 1,000,000% wrong and doesn't deserve to be celebrated, but a reason against the violence of the innocent. It wasn't only governmentally wrong or sacrilegious, it was outright dumb.
Absolutely not. "The banana clip theory" is a song about gun violence that I think goes more in hand with war. To keep it short the banana clip theory is the theory stating that violence will only result in more violence until something unthinkably horrific happens. Example using gang violence: Guy1 has argument with Guy2, Guy2 insults Guy1, Guy1 shoots Guy2, Guy2's friends find out, Guy2's gang(Gang2) shoots Guy1 and his friend, Guy1's gang (Gang1) finds out, Gang1 kills several members of Gang2, the two gangs continue to attack and kill each other, Gang2 kills all of Gang1 and harms several innocent civilians, a family member of Guy1 rapes and tortures the family members of Guy2 and other Gang2 members, and the violence continues until something incredibly bad happens. War is the same way. Pearl wasn't justified, and neither is this. If you stand by this action, you stand by the actions of pearl harbor.
We should have used firebombs because the after effects of the nuclear bombing were devastating. People got cancer or were born with birth defects (no disrespect to anyone). Even though the bombing was required to stop the war, I think we could just have used fire bombs. Pearl Harbor was terrible but that gives us no right to drop a bomb that still affects people today even!
I do not agree to the Americans dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. It cost the lives of many innocent Japanese people, including women and children. Many who did not have any say in the happenings of war. The attack was so powerful that people's facial features were literally burnt off, they didnt have eyes, ears or noses. Their skin was hanging from their bodies, like scarecrows. Those who were lucky enough to survive the bombings suffered from radiation that still affects them to this day. They are discriminated by many people, being referred to as hibakusha, explosion-affected people. They are refused employment by others, causing them to live in shame and hiding the fact that they were victims of radiation from the bomb attack.
Furthermore, I do not think it was wise to kill so many people just to avoid the possibility of the deaths of people of a another country. It is a rather unacceptable decision to kill thousands for the sake of trying out a "toy". Moreover, the Japanese were actually on the verge of collapsing, with the US already dropping conventional bombs without the Japanese showing any resistance. The Japanese were most concerned of the USSR's entry to war, and waiting a little longer would have ended the war without the deaths of many.
The U.S. Dropped the two atomic bombs on civilian cities, which, besides killing thousands of people, was just a waste. If the U.S. Really wanted to drop an A-bomb that bad they should have done in on a Japanese military or navy base. That way they would have destroyed some of Japan's military supplies.
They killed a lot of innocent civilians that were peacefully living in Japan, yet suddenly the Americans decided to drop an A bomb causing over 80,000 thousand civilians to die. Also many buildings were destroyed, which caused the Japanese to have to rebuild the buildings. They should't have dropped it.
Although two islands were bombed, all Japanese citizens were affected one way or another. This cannot be said about Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor for the America's. It is absolutely false that people who oppose the a bombing are un-American, America has openly apologized. So they're the un-American ones.
I lived in Hiroshima for 5 years and I have met many people who lived through the atomic bombing and have went to the post-atomic bomb museums. From what I have heard and seen those people who died from the atomic bomb were just normal people. They were normal people who liked to wear beautiful dresses, chat with friends, and enjoy a good cup of tea. In the museum I saw many things that belonged to children: bike, clothe, bags, etc. Those children all died. What did those children, as well as all other people, do to deserve to die. Was their sin being born in Japan? Then, if the Muslims viewed America as a sin, then is the terrorist attacks on America justifiable? Is 911 justifiable? The people in 911 died because they committed a crime. They were born in America. Does this make sense?
"The use of [the atomic bombs] at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons... The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children." - Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to President Truman.
The debate on dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki concerns all issues of ethically and morality.
Was it really necessary to drop the bomb? Not exactly. The U.S. Could have sent in an army to fight Japan. In that case there would be casualties on both sides but with the population at that time of 300,000 combined with the population of Nagasaki, three days later, there were more deaths of citizens than soldiers.
Studies have shown that most soldiers that come back from war will usually have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD) A type of anxiety disorder that can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. This did not occur to the pilots that dropped the bombs. If they ever did by looking at pictures it would still not be the same. This helped by letting fewer soldiers have the rest of their lives ruined by PTSD.
The atomic bomb had destroyed about 2,000 feet over Hiroshima, and almost every building had been turned to dust. Half a second later, heat rays with temperatures of more than 3,000 degrees Celsius caused primary burns within two miles of the hypocenter. Today people are still suffering from these side effects. As stated more people died in the bombings than they would have if we sent in an army.
While some may say that they deserved it because they attacked Pearl Harbor, it is not ethical or in most moralities to do this sort of thing. This wasn’t the citizen’s war. They were already living in fear the U.S. And of their own country. They didn’t deserve to die in such a terrible way, and those that lived had to live the rest of their lives with gruesome wounds, sadness of their losses, and other things that where probably not intended.
Americans could have ended the war in another way, because Japan was almost surrendering. If they had at least dropped a bomb at a desert near by, and show the effect of the atomic bomb, Japan with no doubts would surrender. The atomic bomb distorted and destroyed the whole city of Hiroshima, and killed millions of innocent people. Furthermore, people after few years, continued to die because of the radiation caused by the bomb.
Of ocurse america was much more powerful and bigger that Japan so defeating them would be easy also without usig the atomic bomb like they did. Many innocent people died and infrastructures like hospitalks, school and other important buildings were destroyed. America had no idea how powerful the bomb could be and the radiations had a long term cause on the Japanese and their crops and stuff. Plus, America could have given Japan a Treaty or something like Appeasment that was given to Hitler after WW1 .
The U.S could have easily used different methods to avoid using an ATOMIC bomb, after all it is no ordinary bomb but considered a WMD. It's affected the lives of millions of people that survived the bombings and has caused problems too severe for the future generations (whom had nothing to do with the war) to endure.
“When General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Supreme Allied Commander, was informed by the Secretary of War that the atomic bomb was going to be used, he later recalled saying it was unnecessary because Japan was already largely defeated. Eisenhower said the bomb was "no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives." At one point after the war he said bluntly, "It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."” —Gar Alperovitz Professor of Political Economy University of Maryland
When General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Supreme Allied Commander, was informed by the Secretary of War that the atomic bomb was going to be used, he later recalled saying it was unnecessary because Japan was already largely defeated. Eisenhower said the bomb was "no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives." At one point after the war he said bluntly, "It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."
Opposing views claimed an invasion of Japan would have caused massive casualties on both sides. Admittedly that could have exceeded the toll at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, we shouldn’t have bombed them because we killed many innocent people like women and children and their lives didn’t have to end that way. For example on the internet it says that during the first 2-4 months of the bombings 90,000-166,000 civilians were killed in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki 60,000-80,000 civilians died. And most of them were not in the military and didn’t do anything to us so we had no right to attack those two cities and those innocent people. Therefore, we shouldn’t have killed all those people who didn’t do anything to us.
Those 180,000 people who died because of the bombing were not yet including those who suffered because of the radiation, (like cancer) and died years later. It still affected people 20-40 years later!! It was a disgusting act. Japan was already weak and lacking of resources. It was unnecessary, really!
The Japanese were bombed to get revenge for the war and Pearl Harbor; however, those who were killed were innocent mothers, fathers, children, and workers. We punished them for a crime they did not commit. We ruined hundreds of thousands of lives in brutal genocide with unfair 'justice'. They should not be considered guilty just because they were born in Japan. How can anyone say a young Japanese school child, a mother taking care of her children, a father providing for his family, or workers who want to make a living are responsible for world war two, war atrocities, or Pearl Harbor.
There was many innocent people. This could have ended a better way. Peoples lives were taken. People who didn't deserve to die! The US should have thought things out the right way and ended thing more fair. Yes Japan did bomb US but, violence isn't the answer! But, hey everyone has their own opinion.
Plus we had more allies, better strategies, oh, and stronger weapons. Sure, the Japs were ruthless, but look at the history from then on. The nuclear race, nuclear Iran, and not to mention N.Korea's recent nuclear rhetoric. It's little things happening now that have truly made a difference. We had the war won, it was unnecessary. Hands down.
3000m+ Jewish civilians murdered by Himmler is an atrocity.
Millions of poles, Jews and ethnic Russians murdered by the Russian army is an atrocity.
200,000 Japanese civilians murdered by atom bomb with many thousands crippled over decades with limited lifespans and dreadfully painful disease (internal organs eyes, destroyed by radiation).
The deliberate targeting of civilians with the saturation bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, etc, turning the cities into a crematorium, by the RAF. KILLING CIVILIANS IS MURDER, ON THIS SCALE AN ATROCITY. Fortunately only the loser can't get away with war crimes.
Japan did not attack the US in Pearl Harbor unprovoked. It should be known that FDR wanted the US to be involved in the war, while the public did not. Bearing absolutely no ties or alliances to the European countries, FDR declared that we would support Britain and China with military vehicles and supplies, AT THE SAME TIME there was placed an oil embargo on Japan; with no native oil deposits of their own, we basically cut off Japan's fuel supply. WE created the aggression the Japanese held towards us. Had we just decided to cut oil to Japan, without the giving support to Britain, they might have not attacked us at Pearl Harbor, due to our total stance of neutrality.
Shortly after declaring the fuel embargo, FDR orders all aircraft carriers in EVERY naval base to disperse, with no specific directions as to where, but simply to go anywhere but their naval base. FDR KNEW we would get attacked, he KNEW the combination of military support towards Britain along with Japan's fuel embargo would warrant repercussions in the form of an attack. With a blatant and horrendous attack on American soil, FDR was able to convince everyone to go to war. Make no mistake, our government was planning to enter the war all along; it was just a matter of gaining support.
Concerning the bomb, almost every general, even General Arthur "Demon" Lemay, (famous for "terror bombing,") opposed the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, stating the war could have been won without it. Japan was READY to surrender, they had made known their intentions of entering peace discussions weeks before we dropped the bomb. They were READY to negotiate. Its not that they left the US no choice; Truman already decided on dropping the bomb, for two reasons: First, to end the war quickly before Russia decided to invade Japanese occupied Manchuria, and then the Japanese mainland. After the fall of Berlin, Russia began to fortify troops outside northern Manchuria with the intentions of invading and capturing the territory from Japan. The US did NOT want Russia to gain anymore territory. Second, the US wanted to demonstrate to Russia the destructiveness of the bomb, in order to scare Stalin, to make him more malleable during negotiations, and to establish our military authority.
If the US simply would've let Russia invade, Japan would have been THEIR problem; no American troops would've been killed during the invasion because they simply would not have present. However, Truman made an agreement with Churchill (while PURPOSEFULLY keeping Stalin unawares) to drop the bomb on Hiroshima. Not bearing any military threat or significance, Hiroshima was destroyed, with Truman stating around 3,000 military casualties, in total over 300,000; that's not mentioning the hundreds of thousands affected by the fallout. Had we let Russia invade, the US would NOT have lost any soldiers in the pacification of Japan, which may I remind you, WAS ALREADY READY TO SURRENDER.
You have to think about everyone who was involved. I realize that Japan was fighting China, and they bombed us first... But why take it that far? An atomic bomb not only kills everyone in that region, but leaves that region in-repairable to a certain extent. It was way too harsh. The US already had a high chance of succeeding, but what's the reason for killing millions of innocent citizens?
If we let the Russians invade they would've been finished, We only dropped the bomb because we already made it and didn't want to lose money. Japan would've probably surrendered in 2 weeks. They were already looking for a way out without surrender, but they were giving up. Those civilian deaths were unnecessary.
Our B-29 bombings had already significantly destroyed Tokyo and other parts of Japan including their ports for war materials and military bases. Japan was going to be defeated within 6 months anyway, the bomb just ended it more quickly. While we saved many American lives, they were soldiers that had already committed themselves to the war effort, and instead we killed innocent children and families. Hiroshima and Nagasaki didn't even have any military value either, it was overall a beyond stupid move by the United States. How can we tell other countries not to use nuclear weapons when we did ourselves?
There was only one person that really controlled the army of Japan and the citizens didn't have a opinion and they are the ones who got killed for it so innocents were slaughtered for no reason the power in the communities should have been a lot of help but really innocent people just died
It was nothing short of a cowardly act, whose sole purpose was to intimidate the Russians, by saying "we've got a bigger stick than you and it's got a nail in it!"
It was nothing short of being one of the most despicable war crimes in history, the carpet/fire bombing had already taken down much of the infrastructure. This was purely unnecessary act.
1) Japan was on the verge of surrender
2) Evidence and research shows that Truman wanted to alarm the Soviet Union and come up with the upper hand, making the U.S more powerful compared to the U.S.S.R
3) If the act was justified, why didn't the U.S warn the Japanese, firmly stating the use of the Atomic bomb; moreover, why wasn't the emperor's future discussed in the Potsdam Declaration? If it was for world peace, the U.S should have clearly told the Japanese what the atomic bomb could do.
So the Japanese government drops a bomb in Hawaii and kills U.S. Troops. Families in America suffered from this loss, and cried over their loved ones. So America's answer is to kill thousands of innocent civilians. How did they feel waking up with their possessions burning and their loved ones dead? Imagine waking up and everything you knew was gone. How does this solve the problem?
They shouldn't have dropped the atomic bomb because it demonstrated what they will do to end a war and that now the world is exposed to nuclear weapons it makes the world more subject to nuclear attacks on one another. It also gives a chance for terrorists to get a hold of weapons of mass destruction. I would also like to add that sooner or later nuclear weapons or something of the sort were going to be developed over time but that does not mean that that is the right time to use them.
The USA could have had intervened with Japan with many more peaceful ways than an atomic bomb, such as a negotiation which the Japanese were willing to agree to and to attack after the Russian Intervension. All these had no need for the usage of the atomic bomb. This shows that Truman only decided to drop the bomb for personal reasons.
Without the events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Cold War wouldn't have escalated into the arms race as it did. As Albert Einstein said, "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." this quote sums up my reasons for believing America should not have demonstrated the destruction of nuclear weapons.
Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb was from my point of view WRONG, it resulted in the death of thousand of innocent people who died that day. Truman could have used the bomb in a safe area to show the Japanese what they were capable of and make them surrender.
Karma caused te bomb dropping. Without karma, Pearl Harbor wouldn't have been possible. It all came down to the Rochester- Felihaber deal. The US cheated Japan out of millions of dollars, and that karma to Pearl Harbor. Without that deal, this would've never happened. The Rochester Felihaber deal has always been looked past, when it is really the main cause if Pearl Harbor.
The long-lasting effects of the radiation in the air poisoned many people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That radiation has yet to fully dissipate, and it killed more people in the long run than if the war had continued. It also was attack on the public, which made it worse. It was terrible.
Well for starters the japanese were not actually bombed, the people who died were actually humanoid cyborgs sent from the future to replace the real japanese who went bout 25km's underground to escape the blast. The cyborgs only came back in time to save all the japanese so that the japanese could stay underground for years and turn into vampires and take over the world
Yes the Japanese did bomb us first but two wrongs don't make a right. Those innocent people lost family, friends, neighbors and many more. I strongly disagree with the bombing being the "right" choice, but if bombing had to be done, then why not to their military bases where those who attack us were. I honestly believe that if we would have bombed their military, it would have struck more fear because the people would have wanted it to end knowing we could take away their security.
Yes the bomb ended the war and saved soldiers lives. The backlash of the bomb however, was not worth the cost. By dropping the atomic bomb we made clear that the use of nuclear warfare on civilian populations is alright in times of war. This ideology makes us barbaric. No war should kill those who did not sign up to fight regardless the cost because that is murder. The United States murdered thousands of civilians bottom line.
The US should not have killed innocent people. Yes they destroyed Pearl Harbor, but still they shouldn't have attacked back. It was a wrong thing to do. When America nuked the two Japanese cities they killed 140,000+ innocent people. Another 2 million died in the nest 5 years because of radiation and millions have died since because of cancer linked to radiation. It was not fair to drop two bombs. It didn't save anyones lives. It was bad thing the Americans did. Bad………..Very bad. They could do something back but not shoot another bomb at Japan. You guys did a very wrong thing Americans!
It killed to many people and caused to many problems. Sure they wanted to test the effect but why test in on other people? It is a bad idea to use force to make somenone to do what you want them to do it is better to deal with it in a peaceful way.
Some people say that more people would have died if they did not drop the atomic bomb but thousands of people died by the atomic bomb and some people still suffer from radiation poisoning. And most of the people who died were not even soldiers for the japan army they were kids and innocents!
I understand that we were losing a lot of men in the war, Pear Harbour was bombed and the US wanted it to be done and over with but in my opinion I don't believe any civilians should be murder, especially young children. I don't understand why or how the Government and military can get away with mass murder and to do it twice is just ridiculous. There is a difference between soldiers and civilians... The soldiers signed signed up for the fight and all the the others are just unfortunate to be stuck in the middle without a say.
Bad idea, just crazy how the frigg do you do that cray stuff without knowing the consequences. I think they should have thought it over, because they killed thousands of innocent people that havent had one thing to contribute to the war. Maybe, i also think that they could have dropped one bomb on them just to put a scarce on maybe. Or just like, came in on feet or with equipment.
What the U.S did was wrong, we killed an estimated 300,000-400,000 people half of which were innocent, people who did not volunteer to lose their lives. I watched a movie by the name of Hiroshima in science class, the way those men spoke, We were saving millions of lives. It disguisted me and so does the U.S
We could have dropped the bomb at a harbor with fewer civilian casualties or at a military installation finishing off their forces. Some say their was no other choice, but tell me, why not an enemy controlled island to show the destructive power making them surrender. If you did support the bomb, that is still 200,000 civilian lives taken
You decimated the innocent Japanese. You killed men, women and CHILDREN. How is that acceptable. A war does not excuse genocide. You made deformed children, you gave them cancer, you scarred them, you maimed them, you obliterated families. One nuke wasn't enough, there just HAD TO BE TWO, Hiroshima AND Nagasaki. That, that is why the U.S had no right to bomb Japan.
Genocide, sounds a bit like what Hitler would do eh?
Personally i believe that the reasoning that the USA gave was not good enough,babes,women and children have been killed and the USA say that they wanted to save lives from both sides that is a lie. They just want to save american lives they are very selfish and have no remorse, they also do not care about the effect or outcome it has on japan.
Barely any of the people that died posed a real threat to the u.S. They could have found more peaceful ways to deal with it. They could have atleast used bombs that did not cause as much damage as an atomic bomb. The u.S definately did not need to nuke japan
The Headline states it all: there were other options. This was merely a means for America to demonstrate its dominance. It led to years of fear with the Cold War and obliterated thousands of innocent civilians. World War Two was being fought in an effort to protect civilians--innocent Jews, innocent outcasts, innocent territories--from the evil advances of hateful totalitarian dictators. For the States to respond to the attack on Pearl Harbour--a naval base--not a city--puts them into a category of war crimes, right beside the Nazis.
No they shouldnt have because it was useless and unneeded in supporting the US itself. It was affecting lots of wildlife and as well as the environmental factors and was not needed at all. There was lots and lots of deforestation and loss of the swept away population. Medical aid was also needed
One of the main reasons for using the bomb, apart from ending the war, was to justify the huge expenditure spent on creating it. This argument should not justify the devastating effects that it causes to hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese civilians. Simple bombs targeted at only military targets would have also ultimately had the same effect, and this would not have caused the unnessecary and unethical suffering to innocent civilians.
Whilst the use of the atomic bomb may have ended the war, there were many other ways in which America could have forced Japan to surrender. The Atomic bomb was targeted at innocent civilians, and had long lasting effects due to radiation poisoning, polluted water supplies and agriculture. The bomb was far too harsh and for this reason should not have been used.
It killed so many people, especially innocent women and children. I know Japan didn't want to surrender and bombed many US soldiers, but they should of find a better way for a solution, rather than mass murder. I wonder how people's reaction would be if it was the other way around? No one would like mass killing like that!
The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were innocent civilians. They had no say in the war and could do nothing about it. There were families and children in those cities. The need for them to die was nonexistent. The only reason the US used the bomb was to show how "powerful" they were. Instead of massacring hundreds of thousands innocent civilians, we should've kept the blockade up. Then allow for our allies to support in a land invasion. Limiting the amount of collateral damage. More American's would've died, but at least they were men that knew it was possibility, and had somewhat of a say in it. Not a child going to school with no idea that he was going to die and no earthly way he could've stopped it.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Just because they bombed us does not give us the right to bomb them and then take away their military. We have this ideology that we're the best country around, and were not. We should focus on our internal problems before we start destroying other countries.
I don't believe that the only way to end the war was to kill millions of innocent people. I think that the U.S. Should have thought of another way to end it. The majority of the people that were killed had nothing to do with what was going on. I believe Japan would have surrendered eventually.
I think the USA should NOT have bombed Japan. I understand why they did it but seriously, sooooo many innocent people died. Even though Japan bombed us at Pearl Harbor, we could have been able to settle this in a more peaceful manner instead of just flying there and bombing the heck out of them. It would have been harder to settle this dispute but it would be better than killing those innocent mothers fathers and children
America is the only nation to date that has killed over 266,000 people in less than two minutes (collective time of both bombs, not counting the three day gap) some food for thought. And 99% of those were civilians. The official reason for the bomb being dropped on the specific location was that Hiroshima was the army center of Japan, although statistically it was a 1 army personal to 6 civilian ( a 1:6 ratio) which is rather high.
Secondly, Nagasaki was not actually meant to be bombed, the bombers only decided in the heat of the moment, instead they were meant to hit another part of a near by town ( I can not remember the name) which was deemed suitable for a bomb strike. By so the U.S dropped a bomb on territory that was not given prior permission to bomb, hence the amount of CIVILIANS were killed.
This bomb was not necessary in my opinion. The Americans could not test it before they dropped it because it cost so much to make. They should not have used something that they did not know what the results could have been. Also, many innocent people were affected by this who should not have been. The United States should have used a device that they knew what would happen and also that would only affect the people they needed it to rather than the innocent.
A demonstration on Japanese soil without a death toll would have been a very convincing argument for the Japanese. 59 scientists warned the President about the effects that the bomb would have in the future (including the Cold War). We are still dealing with the effects of unleashing that technology with the problems with nuclear armaments today. Yes, the Japanese committed atrocities and you could argue that they deserve some on their own soil, but even General MacArthur, Eisenhower, and the scientist who first discovered the capabilities of the bomb believed that the bomb was not mandatory and that there would other options that wouldn't have had such lasting effects even to present day. But hey, if Jack Bauer would have been there everything would have turned out well.
Think about this, what if it was the other way around and America was the one to get bombed? How would you feel about that? I highly doubt that anyone would still say it was the right thing to do if it affected their own country. Even if it did end the war, no one would like thousands of our people to die, and cities destroyed. Even if Japan was warned, wouldn't they look weak if they had surrendered? They had to maintain their pride. Also, the US definitely should not have targeted innocents people's lives who had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor.
The US really had no real reason to drop the bomb. Although the Japanese did not surrender, proper threats could have done the job. If the Americans gave a better warning, i am sure such a harsh decision would not have been needed to be made. If the effects video was classified for 25 years in the US, obviously the US knew they had done something terrible.
Dropping the bomb on Japan was not the right thing to do. Yes they did attack Pearl Harbor and kill many Americans but the affect from the bomb on Japan was much worse. Over a 100,000 innocent people who had nothing to do with the attack on Pearl Harbor were killed. The US completely devastated two Japanese countries unfairly. They could have punished Japan in a less violent and destructive way but they choose not to.
The amount of devastation the atomic bomb created outweighs all of the pros of using it. The death toll in Hiroshima alone is enough to create a substantial argument against the bombing. The majority of the people who were affected by the bombing were innocent civilians, adults and children who were living their daily lives as normal. The nuclear radiation fallout from the bomb still affects the land where the bomb was dropped. The United States could have ended the war with half of the casualties had they used another method.
Dropping the bomb on japan was probably not the right thing to do. I believe they would have surrendered once the knew what the affects were if they did drop the bomb. Wouldve saved more than 700,000+ lives. The us should have had more time to think about it before they made this rash decesion. But whats done is done and you cant change history
I think that the United States should have waited and evaluated their war resources and support, and THEN if they still wanted to bomb them, then they could have made plans to. I think they had plenty of soldiers and military knowledge to make another war plan. Not EVERYONE in the countries that surrounded their target deserved the damage that the American military made with the atomic bomb.
The Americans should not have bombed Japan because they all got radiation sickness which killed a lot of people. After we bombed the Japanese, we didnt show the US citizens the footage until 25 years after the bombing. If the Japanese wouldve killed 70,000 Americans, it would have been reasonable.
Even with the attack on Pearl Harbor, the bombings were much worse and killed many more people. Pearl Harbor was a military base, while Nagasaki and Hiroshima were both cities with innocent people living there. The radiation that followed also caused even more deaths in Japan. Even though the war was ended, there could have been another,less harsh option.
Japan would have surrendered without the bombs if we used the right tactics. I can agree with one bomb but dropping another one just because we had one more is just overkill. Around 70,000 Japanese people died just from the initial blast, let alone the radiation poisoning that took place weeks later.
I don't think that Japan deserved to be bombed. First of all, I don't think war is fair at all. Innocent people shouldn't volunteer to risk their lives for other people. The bomb killed too many people. If that happened to America everyone would be so sad. Innocent people don't deserve to die or lose their loved ones.
The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was morally wrong. Around 150,000 civilians were killed by the bombs. Even though the bomb caused the immediate surrender of Japan, the United States had no right to kill hundreds of thousands of civilians. If the US had lost the war, those who made the decision to drop the bomb would be tried for war crimes. The dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was at best murder and at worst an attempt of genocide.
I think that the US should not have dropped the bomb. I think they shouldn't have because everyone in the city was not guilty & many people who didn't have anything to do with the war were hurt such as women, men, elderly, & especially children.If this happened to our country we wouldn't like it so... This bloody incident left many families broken apart & hurt. Many people were burned, bruised, & killed for no reason because of this bomb dropping so I vote no.
I think that the United States should not have dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese. Dropping the atomic bomb devasted Hiroshema and its inhabitants. I think there was another way to solve the issues. The atomic bomb killed thousands of japanese or left them with life threatening injuries and many children without mothers.
I think that dropping the bomb was a little too extreme. It was a little unnecessary to go that far. What if your family or friends were involved in this war? How do you feel knowing that innocent people died over an disagreement? Dropping this bomb didn't just hurt innocent people it also hurt the American citizens.
The United States should not have dropped the atomic bomb simply because of the civilians. The people of Japan were not on the planes that bombed Pearl Harbor. Yes, it was a sad day ,but the atomic bomb was over-kill. The attack the we should have done should have been one that effected the Japanese at the time, not one that will still effect them fifty years from then.
I don't think the U.S. Should have dropped the atomic bomb. I understand that it was revenge for the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the U.S. Went too far. The attack on Pearl Harbor only killed 2,000 people. By dropping the atomic bomb we killed roughly 246,000 people. Still today people are being killed by it because of the radiation. At least 2,000 people have died from cancer caused by radiation. The U.S. Went all the way overboard.
The U.S did not have to drop the atomic bomb. They could have used other means to win the war. Some may argue that if the atomic bomb had not been used, then there would have been many more deaths. However, because of the gamma particles emitted by the bomb, more people have died indirectly afterwards then from the fighting between the U.S and Japan.
I believe that the bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not necessary. Yes Japan attacked Pearl Harbor which killed 2,400 people, but the atomic bomb killed 240,000 people. Also, many people that died from the bomb were just ordinary civilians instead of their military. Finally, the bomb had a lasting effect that is still harming people today which is the radiation that was realeased from the bomb.
The US should not have dropped the atomic bomb because they did not know the consequences of their actions. People are still dying and being harmed to this day due to the radiation. The US did not even test the uranium bomb. They should have thought through their attack thoroughly.
The bomb wasn't necessary... The Us simply dropped the bomb to test how widespread the damage could have been and it killed innocent civilians. Many were vaporized just from the bomb alone and others were left to die because of radiation sickness. The US knew that it was a threatening weapon but yet we still decided to use it made no sense...
I think it was irresponsible because of the little testing we did on the bombs themselves. Truman knew nothing of the long term radioactive effects it had and he just the bomb was big. It was more of a race to nuclear warfare with Russia and Germany, and unfortunately we won at the expense of 100,000 Japanese lives. Not necessary.
Germany and Russia were worse than Japan, but they did not get bombarded by an atomic bomb that killed 120,000 people instantly, along with tons of people dying from radiation sickness with people still dying from it today. No one ever deserves the atomic bomb, but the US used dropped the bomb as they were starting to run out of resources and it was hard to invade Japan due to its landform.
Civilians should never die in any circumstance. Just because a few people in government refuse to surrender does not mean that women and children should be nuked. Those people would have gladly surrendered, it was military might that refused, they should have been targeted, not innocents. Putting your life on the line for country is the choice made my soldiers, not civilians.
These weapons should have never been invented. The one second it takes to be able to kill millions is to much for one man to be able to make a decision. The earth will be forever be polluted from those bombs. I am sure they could have proven we had the bombs in another form as a threat.
That bomb was unacceptable. Nobody deserves to die like that. I doubt that the states even knew what was going to happen after they dropped it. Even though it saved lives in the long run, it killed and maimed people in a way that is beyond inhumane. This was a display of power and nothing more. Those people were simply civilians who had done nothing to deserve the ends, or pain they were given. Even dropping only one bomb would have done irreversible damage. The left over radiation is still deadly, and nothing that grows there is healthy. Disgusting and down right dirty.
It killed many and it gave other countries an idea that they should make the bomb too. When it was first used it stopped the Japanese from killing our men but we killed a lot of their people and soldiers. The planes that dropped those two bombs did not know what they were doing they were only taking orders. They should have tested the real bomb to see what it would do before they dropped them on Japan.
I think that we shouldn't have dropped the bomb because it took many innocent lives that shouldn't have been taken. Even though we caught the bad guys, we still got people that weren't even involved in the situation. It was a pointless act of cruelty and it shouldn't have been done!
No, I don't believe that the U.S. should have dropped the atomic bomb. The atomic bombs that we dropped on Japan were completely uncalled for and were an excessive show of force which could have been easily avoided through diplomatic means. The regions of those bomb sites had lasting effects of the nuclear blast and left many in the area with problems and also left their children with problems. It is ironic that the U.S. Polices the world in who is allowed to carry nuclear weapons and who is not, even though we are one of the only countries to ever use them on another nation.
The U.S was against the country ,so why kill the people and not the military?It's not the peoples fault that the country would not surrender.Why should the people die for the country.If The U.S wouldn't have come up with the atomic bomb,the world would be a better place.Don't get me wrong I love the U.S,but that was really cruel,because many died.The People had no choice.
The bombs that were dropped were extremely unnecessary, causing so much death. This choice sparked the nuclear arms race today. The US as a country was blinded by hatred, and even now the idea of dropping a bomb of that magnitude in a civilian populated area is extreme. If I were in control AT MOST I would drop an atomic bomb on an evacuated Iwo Jima to demonstrate its power. Human life is human life and to add we had not even tested a uranium based bomb "Little Boy" dropped on Hiroshima, Japan was our testing ground. Getting back to today, although sadly more lives would have been lost if we did not drop the bombs they gave humanity terribly efficient weapons. Congratulations US government you unlocked the potential in humanity to wipe itself out as well most life on earth in 10 minutes.
I don't know all the details, but I think the bombs could only have been justified if there was no alternative other than the loss of many American lives. Possible alternatives include an attempt at diplomacy or a demonstration of the bomb in a place that would not kill people.
This goes back to the age old question: 'does the end justify the means?' I personally think that the bomb shouldn't have been dropped, though I am conflicted with this. Even if this saved lives on both sides, does that justify the brutality? Does this mindset permit anything to be allowed to happen as long as the total lives lost is estimated to be less? The mind tends to try to justify its actions regardless of being wrong or right. Even if the end did justify the means in this particular case, would it the next time? I would fear the day people began to live by this saying, because people can lose sight of the end and get lost in these 'means.'
No, I don't believe that the U.S. Should have dropped the atomic bomb. The atomic bombs that we dropped on Japan were completely uncalled for and were an excessive show of force which could have been easily avoided through diplomatic means. The regions of those bomb sites had lasting effects of the nuclear blast and left many in the area with problems and also left their children with problems. It is ironic that the U.S. polices the world in who is allowed to carry nuclear weapons and who is not, even though we are one of the only countries to ever use them on another nation.
I believe that killing like that is totally wrong and should never have to happen if it can be avoided. Even Pres. Truman disliked that we dropped the bomb on them and he very much regrets it. I can't believe that anyone could be in favor of killing so many INNOCENT people.
They shouldn't have dropped the bomb. The attack was a military based attack, so the civilians shouldn't have had to pay the price. The civilians weren't criminals. So why should they have to pay the price? Also the Japanese were ready to surrender. Also, atomic warfare is terrorism. The U.S. Don't want terrorist, so why should they also be known as terrorists. Lastly, the use of the bomb was illegal.
No, You can't say that because the Japanese military decided to bomb Pearl Harbor (which by the way was because the US was boycotting Japan) that you can blame every innocent citizen of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and honestly say they deserved it. They didn't deserve it, they don't make the Japanese government's decisions. If these were legitimate means of justice that would give many countries the right to drop a few atomic bombs on the US itself. Lets see how much the innocent civilians of America would feel about that?
SO many innocent lives were lost. Also, pregnancies after the bomb was dropped either resulted into a miscarriage or defects in the children which usually resulted into death. Also destroying the land that wasn't usable for many years later. It also isn't fair to the next generation of people who had absolutely nothing to do with the war.
The U.S dropped the bomb over industrious cities not military bases. The Japanese citizens hated their government as much as we did but were powerless to stop them. We murdered so many innocent children and babies as well. No one even thinks about that. How can babies be evil, because of their race?
Innocent people doing their daily things shouldn't die because of others mistakes. Also, by dropping the atomic bomb it started the nuclear arms race. Ex: Cold War (Cuban Missile Crisis) and many more. Now, many countries are in danger like the US with North Korea threatening them. The bomb also cost $2 billion that came from US citizens taxes.
Killing innocent people FOR ANY reason is never justifiable or right. The dropping of the bomb destroyed so much, and the US had leaked information that the Japanese were planning to surrender. Instead of listening to these reports, the US still used the atomic weapons without warning or care. The dropping of the bombs was fueled by bias. We were too stuck in our ways demanding an unconditional surrender.
Their was really no need for this. Japan was seeking a diplomatic end to the War with the allies already. The Bomb was dropped for a simple demonstration too the Soviet Union of American technology and power; in fact one could say this is the beginning of the cold war.
This was an aggressive and unjustifiable act of mass murder and just one in the many strings of US war crimes in ww2 no one likes to hear about because everyone seems to have the perception that the USA was 'good' in the war; such a the bombings of Dresden, execution of POW, rape of civilians and the mutilation of Japanese bodies for trophies etc. Such barbarity is only have thought to occurred on the Eastern front; but low and behold history dictates other wise.
However you put it, either for the lives of US troops, or for a quick end of the war; their is no reason good enough for killing 246,000; that's more than half of all USA ww2 losses, injury of countless others, the pollution of the eviroment and mass amounts of health issues resulting from the effects. It simply done in order to curb Soviet interest of expansion in the region; a simple threatening , message convening to the Soviets who was 'top dog'
Many people seem to forget that the radiation that was left contaminated the land horribly. The initial blast does not compare to the years of radiation that was left afterwards. A more humane way to end the war could have been found with only a small amount of consideration.
It is just against nature itself it is very inhumane it is just not right to do such thing as that sure they bombed us at pearl harbor but why did we go to such a lower level than they did? It is not right for people to kill people, this is what happens when people aren't educated at all, it is just a life law to never kill people specially the innocent?! But it happened and history can never be over written or change. This is why I hate war or the military don't get me wrong without it we wouldn't be the USA but at the same time if there were no stupid people in the world we wouldn't have the need or would just have peace, but that dream will never happen religiously or not.
The bombs have caused decades of ruin and radiation since being dropped. Because of Truman's decision, our country is the first to have ever used a weapon of such mass destruction. (Not exactly something to be proud of.) The US was not protecting itself when it dropped the bomb; it was asserting it's dominance over an already weakened country. If this had been about ending the war -and if some one could really find a way to rationalize murdering thousands of innocent civilians- why was the bomb not dropped in Germany? Or Italy? Why pick Japan? Because of Pearl Harbor. This was revenge, not justice, and while that might be enough for some people, it should never have been enough for the US president. Less than half a decade of combat with Japanese soldiers was traded in for years of radiation and suffering by Japanese citizens (soldiers and civilians) amounting to +6 decades. I don't get it. How could anyone believe the bombs were justified?
The total causalities between the two bombs were estimated at 199,000, an enormous number. Also, the second bomb was dropped only a few days later, with now time give for Japan toeven consider surrender or assess the damages. More civilians were killed than anything else, while a raid would have ben specified to soldier, an atomic bomb kills all indscriminantly. Japan, at the time, had no navy, no air force, their armies were losing in China, their people at home starving to death, American bombers ruling their skies, an effective American sea blockade in place, Russia having just declared war on them, and with martial law imposed- Japan was essentially defeated by August 1945. America had 100% air superiority over Japanese skies and 100% sea superiority in Japanese waters. Japan didn't even have the ability to shoot down the lone bomber that carried the atomic bomb. No atomic bombs or a costly US invasion was militarily necessary to end WWII.
I believe that the United States shouldn’t have dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because of all the damage it caused to Japanese citizens in Hiroshima, Nagasaki or surrounding cities. I think the right thing to do if the atomic bomb was our only choice to end the war, is to drop one on an evacuated Iwo Jima island. To demonstrate power, but I wouldn’t drop the atomic bomb twice on two populated area’s. All in all I think it was wrong for the U.S. To have dropped the two bombs, on innocent people.
Another reason I believe it is wrong to have dropped bombs of those magnitudes is because if the same thing were to of happened to day. Not only would it count as a crime against humanity, but also act of terrorism. Then after this crime of terror the arms race started which wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t drop an atomic bomb on Japan in the first place. In my opinion if we didnt drop the atomic bombs, the world would be way less of the dangerous, chemical weapons filled, nuclear warzone it could now become today. All because the atomic bomb started the race to build and mass produce weapons of mass destruction.
According to the strategic bombing committee:
Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945, and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated."
Hiroshima, while it was a heavily militarized city, is not the place to have been bombed. If the effects of the bomb could be contained within the Japanese military with slight civilian interference at Hiroshima then I would say go ahead. There were many military locations with a low civilian presence that would make a much better target.
Also, while the general American public was under the opinion that it was to end the war with Japan, there was a more significant reason to have used the bomb. Truman saw a chance to flex "his" muscles at the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Believing this was the only best way to intimidate USSR, he had the bombs dropped, not really doing any real research on the possible effects this Atomic Bomb might have.
Also, for those of you that consider the Japanese to be getting their comeuppance for what they did to us at Pearl Harbor, I think you need to do some real research for yourself. Yes the bombing in Hawaii was horrendous, it is a flea compared to our "elephant sized" bomb. At Pearl Harbor, nearly three thousand Americans were murdered, only around one hundred of those being citizens. At Hiroshima, however, the casualties were much higher. Around 60,000 Japanese were murdered (135,000 if we include Nagasaki) and that was just from the initial bombing. This does not include the death's caused by radiation contamination in the air, in the water, and in the land itself.
At the time the Japanese military couldn't even defend itself anymore, although they hadn't surrendered. The U.S. Already had forces inland and guarding the seas. The U.S. Already had burned down over 60 cities and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were about the only ones left standing. The Japanese were due to lose and it was only a matter of time. Within just a few months the Japanese forces wouldn't even be strong enough to fight and the war was turning to an end. The use of nuclear weapons wasn't necessary.
The 2 biggest arguments that anybody has to justify the bombing is that Japan decided to bomb us first or that it was a quick way to end the war. Neither should be valid because the US would have easily won and beat Japan without a problem. While more US troops would have died this way, they are military people who are well aware of the troubles lying ahead joining the army. Bombing people that could easily be against war should not have occurred. And the fact that Japan bombed us and killed 2000 people does in no way justify using a nuclear bomb, causing the instant death of 60000 civilians, and injuring thousands more.
The Japanese had already been defeated so there could have been better ways of making them surrender. In war you aren't supposed to aim for innocent citizens, which is exactly what the atomic bombs did. The after effects of the bombs killed huge amounts of innocent people from the radiation. It also played a part in starting the Cold War because it made Russia more interested in nuclear weapons. Overall there are way more cons than pros.
Killed millions of innocent lives as far as I know.
The blood of all these innocent humans/families/children is upon those who did this horror.
The U.S. could simply improve it's defensiveness and drop warnings - written papers instead of assassin bombs.
NOTHING can justify the death of innocent lives.
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Excuse me? I think it's disgusting how you can agree with the bombing. Yeah, they bombed pearl harbor first. 2,403 people died, including 68 civilians. Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed over 220,000! About 92 times more than Pearl Harbor! 65% of which were children 9 years of age and younger. Housewives, the elderly...People that had nothing to do with Pearl harbor or the war. You should be ashamed of yourselves!
We weren't at war with "Japan". We were at war with the Japanese Government. Japan attacked our soldiers. As horrific as that attack was, it was still an attack on a military base. The attack on Pearl Harbor certainly warranted a response. But, it is absurd to think that dropping an atomic bomb on a densely populated city was an appropriate response. The attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were completely unethical and disgraceful. You cannot argue that dropping the bomb saved lives because the argument is irrelevant. It doesn't matter if dropping the bomb saved one thousand or one billion lives. It makes no difference when the act itself is a violation of humanity. Military responses must be measured, targeted, and appropriate. The attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima were neither of these three. They were an absurd, ignorant, overblown, and ultimately criminal response designed to decimate a civilian population and force a government into submission.
It was completely unnecessary. Anyone that still believes it was hasn't done enough research. There are volumes of released documents (thank you, FoIA), that clearly demonstrate we did it to test the technology and strike fear into any other would-be enemies around the world. Do some research. And while you're at it, ask yourself how we had been carpet-bombing Tokyo for weeks, killing over 100,000 people and levelling 54 square miles of the capital, while the people were starving, cut off from re-supply for months, and there was any other outcome than surrender.
Japan was already losing the war before the US entered ww2, mainly due to Russia and china. The places we nuked had two cities with a very low military presence, almost all civilians that weren't involved with the war. The US knew that Japan would surrender soon and knew that they didn't need to nuke them to win they just wanted to test out which nuke does more damage. The statistic that says 1 million US troops would die if we nuked them is way off. Also, the US didnt even have to have the invasion on Japan to make them lose. Japan was outnumbered and outgunned by Russia and china. But they did mostly kill Japanese soldiers so I believe that is ok. I support our troops and the US, I just think the nuking is way overkill and wasn't needed.
At that point, Japan was defeated and ready to surrender. Yes Japan had bombed Pear Harbour, a military base. Nagasaki and Hiroshima were cities full of innocent people. America killed so many innocent people and destroyed so much land. For what? Revenge. Is revenge EVER the answer? No, it is never the answer. The effects of the atomic bombs are still felt in the land and the people. America should not have been so barbaric to use such a weapon against innocent people. And I hate it the most when people say they hate Japan for bombing pearl harbour. Well you know what, america nuked them twice and killed more innocent people than japan did. America could have signed a peace treaty. Japan was TRYING to get it signed with america but america refused. America wanted the last word in the argument, basically, when all japan wanted to do was to stop talking and forgive. But no, america is the bad guy here.
We killed too many civilians and we were on the verge of winning anyway. We dropped the bombs at the wrong time and the genocide of those civilians was not necessary. We killed civilians when we did not have to. We killed civilians instead of those who are actually doing harm to Americans and those doing harm were Japan's militarist government.
My God. I love America, but this has been, by miles, the worst decision ever by a government and its allies. Every person that can use neuron A and B can comprehend the atrocity that is dropping a bomb of devastating proportions on a territory full of innocent people. What about those Japanese who were against the war? Should they pay for their governments' stubbornness? What's the difference between attacking Asians or Americans, Muslims or Christians on the grounds that they represent a target that needs to be overcome? Please, explain? Am I too dumb for not seeing a difference?
The Japanese were expected to surrender in the fortnight from the Soviet invasion. There was never a serious planned invasion of Japan as at latest the Japanese would have held out to late October. The US "invasion" could only take place in November.
The Japanese themselves say they don't give a single crap about the Nukes, in their words "1 bomb or 10,000 bombs, whats the difference?" but they were scared a Soviet invasion of the homeland would destroy Japanese identity under Communism and since in their own words again "Had no problem killing their own emperor, why would they hesitate to kill ours?".
It was the Soviets that actually ended the war with the Japanese, the Bombs were dropped at short notice to "Test out the toys" and show them off to the Soviets so Truman could use them to blackmail the Soviets in post-Yalta talks.
You cannot seriously justify the decision to atrociously murder hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children in order to win a war that was effectively already won. What moral standards do we uphold when we do this? What do we teach future generations and our children when this happens? And to those saying the Japanese deserved it. Ridiculous. Are you saying the innocent people including the children deserved to die? There are no winners in war.
If we want to compare by statistics, this is how we go. Pearl Harbor bombing caused a total of 2,000 people dead, 1,000 people injured. Whereas the atomic bombing has caused a total of 70,000 people dead. Not only has it caused that many deaths, it has caused radiation that made Japan suffer from the after-effects of the bombing. It was not necessary since the fault lies with both governments and those innocent people shouldn't have been involved with those childish fights between the both governments.
We could have shown that we had the capability without bombing populated areas. We gave no "warning shot" with the atom bomb, we just went all out. Anyone who has studied the horrors and heard eyewitness accounts of the bombings should say no. Those innocent civilians were not the ones who bombed pearl harbor. They did not deserve that massacre.
We were winning the war and would have won without it. Even if we weren't, the atomic bomb kills so many innocent people and none of the culprits. There is a reason we haven't used this bomb after WWII. It is atrocious. A war can be one without the use of nukes.
The Japanese were about ready to surrender anyway, with Russia about to get involved, and a desire to avoid land war, firebombing, and a high number of civilian casualties. Although this ended the war, and many (actually just those pro-bombing) said that the bomb saved lives in the long run, You cannot argue with the killing of innocent Japanese people. These people had no chance to evacuate Hiroshima or Nagasaki. The ratio of Japanese Innocents to Military was 5 to 1, which means many more innocent people than military were killed.
SOOO many civilians were killed by the two bombs. I know it wasn't as many as the Holocaust or anything, BUT the reason I think dropping it on civilians was inexcusable because it was on civilians. The Japanese dropped the bomb on Pearl Harbor, and it was terrible. However, Pearl Harbor WAS a military base. (I still think the events at Pearl Harbor that day are truly heartbreaking, I'm just making a point). But the U.S. Dropped the bombs on civilians who were not involved in the war, and that is uncalled for.
Seriously, why take an eye for an eye? Meaning why get hurt, and hurt the person back? That is a very Dumb thing. If Japan attacks, Don't fight back, make peace. Only fight back when they don't stop, but even then, DON'T DROP THE BOMBS! Just fight them and make them surrender, don't kill 75000+ killed for the 10000 people dead in Pearl Harbor. There MIT not have even been t hat much killed in Pearl Harbor. Peace. Not War.
They attacked our home land once killing and wounding 3,299 people and when we attacked
them with the bomb we killed about 150,000–246,000+ people (about 90,000–166,000 killed in Hiroshima and about 60,000–80,000 killed in Nagasaki.) Does that seem like it is fair? That is more than 146,701-242,701 casualty difference. About 100,000 of the people who died in the bombings died a slow and painful death of radiation poison, whereas the people who died in Pearl Harbor died quite quickly. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor they killed mostly our service men but when we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki we killed mostly civilians. Even before we decided to drop the bomb we were winning the war.
There was just no reason to drop the atomic bomb. Regular people living their regular lives were just killed because of others stupid mistakes. We really should have just settled the dispute between us in a different way, then many people would still be here and not dead because we dropped a bomb on them while they were doing what they normally do during their regular day.
I don't feel as though all of the possibilities were exercised before the initial dropping of the first bomb on Hiroshima. But for the US to then drop the second bomb, a mere three days after the entire world saw the catastrophic damage that was caused by the bomb seems highly unjustified in my opinion.
“When General Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Supreme Allied Commander, was informed by the Secretary of War that the atomic bomb was going to be used, he later recalled saying it was unnecessary because Japan was already largely defeated. Eisenhower said the bomb was "no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives." At one point after the war he said bluntly, "It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."” —Gar Alperovitz Professor of Political Economy University of Maryland
The bomb caused massive destruction, radiation levels, and fatalities to citizens of Japan. The U.S.A. Purposefully bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, places where we were sure there were thousands of civilians. It didn't accomplish anything. The main purpose was to show off to the Soviets. Had America given some assurances to the emperor and dropped our unrealistic fantasy of “unconditional surrender”, Japan might have capitulated before the bomb. Even after bombing, Japan only surrendered when the U.S. Made a commitment to retain the empire. Truman didn't know all the facts and all he started was a deadly race with the world to create atomic weapons that could change the surface of the Earth to glass and destroy humanity.
They should not have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan because the scientists who built it tested it and when they did so, they realised that it was much more powerful than they expected, scientists also said that it was never to be used against humans, the atomic bomb could also cause long term health problems because of the toxic material which was inside the bomb.
We should not have wasted our money on them. They could have been a liable ally as of now but we screwed ourselves over by killing 110,000 of them. SO thanks FDR for screwing us over the rest of our lives. Now it's Obama's job to fix this and honestly Japan does not want to talk to a black American.
Even if they bombed Pearl Harbor, it still wasn't to the same extent. This is a childish way of thinking- we bomb you so we bomb harder back? It wasn't necessary. There were other ways to deal with it. The impact on the environment was also extreme and people who weren't even involved died because of the radiation.
The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed over 100,000 innocent and defenselessness Japanese civilians. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not even military targets, they were bombed because their landscape would be able to display the full force of the bombs. The bombing did not even lower the number of casualties that were estimated would have occurred in the land invasion that was originally planned. This bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki can easily be defined as a war crime.
Because the bombs weren't even the biggest problem, it was because the Soviets had destroyed Japan's northern armies, they were fully prepared and and dedicated all of their remaining resources to defend from an allied attack coming from the southeast, but they couldn't also hold off a Soviet attack from the north
It caused insane amounts of destruction and caused slow and agonizing deaths plus the blockade of Japan forced the people to near starvation, so in the best interest of the Japanese government at the time would've been to surrender in the interest of the people of the nation of Japan.
Most of the people who were killed were civilians. If you are going to fight a war keep it between the soldiers, don't drag innocent people into it. How would you feel it if your child was trapped in a place where you could not save them? No human should have their skin burnt off from an event that was planned. It just wasn't morally right.
The public at the time was told that invading Japan conventionally would cost around 4 million American lives and 10 million Japanese. However this was simply to get public support for the bombing. In reality General Marshall, working with US military strategists, told Truman that the attack would cost around 31,000 US soldiers' lives (and 70,000 Japanese).
It makes me sick that people still, after all these years, believe that the 6th and 9th bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are defensible. Within a month, 250,000 Japanese civilians had died. Around 125,000 died instantaneously. That's without taking into consideration the long term effects of the radiation, which still affects the population today.
Do the math, work out which works out at a lower death-rate. That's without considering that the vast majority of those who would have died would have been soldiers in a land-attack. Soldiers, payed and trained to fight and die, rather than almost exclusively innocent civilians dying more long, drawn out deaths.
Then it gets even more disgusting. The Japanese were willing to surrender without any fighting at all. The US however, sabotaged their peace attempt by insisting that Emperor Showa abdicate, which they fully knew the Japanese would not accept. Ironically, after the bombing, the US allowed the Emperor to stay on the throne, after nuking his nation to supposedly depose him.
So what were their real motives? It's all to do with the Cold War and the USSR. The Americans wanted to make sure that the USSR had no say in post-war Japan (without the bombs, Japan could have turned into another Korea, or Vietnam), despite the fact that at the Yalta conference of February 1945, Roosevelt had asked the Soviets to help them against Japan. Then, it was also a demonstration of power to Stalin, a way of showing him "who was boss", so that Truman could have his way in international affairs.