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Was the U.S. justified in dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

  • You're all dumb

    It cost the equivalent of 25 billion dollars to make this bomb and the American government wanted to see if it would work. It would have caused 2 million allied deaths and 3 million Japanese deaths for full scale invasion along with countless civilian catalysis, so it was a good idea.

  • The US was justified in dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Japan already killed over 2,000 people in the Pearl Harbor bombings. We had done nothing to provoke them, unless you count our cutting off trade with Japan, limiting their oil supply. That was also reasonable, as they were rapidly conquering the Indian Ocean and wanted to take the Pacific too.
    In addition, this was nearing the end of WWII. Hitler and Germany were already out of the picture, but Japan was still strong, holding several hundred islands in the Indian Ocean. We moved to take out Japan by defeating the Japanese on several islands, but because of their kamikazes, we took heavy casualties, and the Japanese lost far less men than we did. A full-scale invasion of Japan would have cost thousands upon thousands of American lives, and that was simply unacceptable! Dropping the atomic bombs saved American lives and crippled the Japanese from attacking us, thus effectively ending WWII in the Pacific Ocean.

  • It was payback time for Japan.

    The U.S. was definitely justified in dropping the atomic bomb, because Japan killed a lot of people in the attack on Pearl Harbor. I think that was totally uncalled for for them to bomb us. They learned their lesson in fighting us and they learned for future reference not to attack us or fight with us again.

  • Read all about it!

    Source : Richardrhodes.Com "RICHARD RHODES is the author or editor of twenty-four books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award"

    In this book Mr. Rhodes documents interviews taken after the war. One of the interviews was with Japan's leading physicist who also headed up Japan's atomic bomb research program ( yes, Japan was working on the atomic bomb as were several other countries in the 1930's). He was called to Hiroshima to advise Japan on what to do. Seeing that the USA had used a uranium based bomb, this physicist advised his government to CONTINUE THE WAR, as it would take months to prep another uranium bomb. After Nagasaki, however, he found evidence of a plutonium based bomb and advised his government to SURRENDER or face total destruction. So you see, even the first bomb was not enough to end the war. And the rest, as they say, is history.

  • We had no other choice.

    It was either drop the bombs, kill a few thousand people or not drop the bomb, the war lingers on and more people die than the bombs killed. WW2 had to stop and this made it happen. Neither country could afford any more warring on the other, this was a costly expense. True we killed innocent people, but if we didn't more would have died at the hands of the Japanese and of the Americans. The bombs not only made sense, they saved lives. Despite taking some.

  • Japan is crazy.

    They would've fought until the last person in Japan died because that's their mentality. This would have made the war last longer, resulting in many more casualties for the allies. It ultimately saved more people. It is not war mentality to think of preserving the lives of innocent people when the safety of the world is at stake.

  • They made it personal. They attacked us first.

    Japan attacked Pearl Harbor when we had done nothing to provoke them, there were also innocent children in Pearl Harbor and it is an eye for an eye. Besides, it is not like the people who died from the explosion weren't warned a luxury we were not given. The US was completely justified.

  • Yes it was justified because they were warned.

    I have one simple argument if the bomb was not dropped a land invasion was planned for the 1st of November 1945, which would have cost the U.S. 1 million troops, and the Japanese 3 to 4 million troops civilians ect... all Japanesse were ordered to fight to the death.

  • The Japanese need to experience the horrors they've done to others.

    The Japanese in Korea brutally killed and tortured many Koreans. They made young Koreans into prostitutes and frequently raped women. In China, they killed and chopped off the heads of many Chinese men with no apparent reason. The Japanese massacred and raped many in the Rape of Nanjing. In short, the Japanese need to be taught a lesson on how to be humane to other races.

  • Japanese civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were gravely warned to leave the city days prior to the A-bombings.

    The U.S. had dropped leaflets on two cities a few days prior to the A-bombings of Hiroshima warning civilians of air raids within a few days and advised them to leave the city immediately. They did not leave so you chose to put yourself and your families at risk of bombs being dropped on your head. If you don't believe me, then Google "America warned Hiroshima".

    And Pickle, Japanese planes also shot American civilians at Pearl Harbor and killed directly over 68 so it's not just soldiers and marines. Not to mention the attack on Pearl Harbor was done without a declaration of war and without a warning so it's not acceptable by any means to kill non-war people (soldiers and civilians) out of nowhere, thus placing Japan in violation of peace.

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki had tens of thousands Japanese soldiers, plus both cities had military / industrial installations and were protected by anti-aircraft defense batteries in case if hundreds of B-29s would come in to firebomb their city. It's also the Japanese fault that they placed military /industrial installations in middle of the civilian-populated areas and "innocent" people you called them were working in factories and workships producing weapons of war and last time according to the 1907 Hague Convention, civilians working in factories and workshops engaging in production of war supplies were legitimate targets.

  • There is no way that the U.S. was justified.

    America was not justified in dropping the bomb. First off they had no idea how strong this bomb was or how much damage it would cause, they just decided to drop the bomb on a city filled with innocent children and people. I mean yes there had to be an end to the war but I feel like there was a better way of doing that. They could have figured out something other than blowing up Japan. There is no way that some one can honestly think that it is okay to kill thousands of innocent women, children,... People. They were all people. And the U.S. ended their lives just because they could. Innocent people didn't need to die to end the war. It just wasn't right and it wasn't necessary.

  • Dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a disgusting and inhumane thing to do.

    Taking out thousands of civilians has to be considered a war crime. The only nation that shouldn't be allowed weapons is the US, as it is too uneducated to use them. Truman was nothing other than a brutal murderer, as were the men who dropped the bomb and the ones who supported it.

  • No, anyone who says otherwise is a horrible human being that doesn't want to admit that the United States is not a force for good.

    Prior to reading some of these arguments, I was honestly willing to believe that Americans were at least somewhat remorseful for the horrible crime that was the dropping of the Atomic bomb. Wow, have you people ever proven me wrong. It appears that not only do Americans believe that this disgusting act was justified, but that it was the right thing to do. You disgust me. Children, I repeat, innocent children, were butchered. Many of these children died slow, horrible deaths. I can only imagine the outrage that would come from the citizens of the United States if New York had been bombed, and instead you were the ones who had to watch the skin melt off of your children's faces. I even read one comment stating that dropping the atomic bomb was a good thing, because it allowed people to see the effects. To whomever said that, screw you, you are a despicable human being. The United States is an evil Juggernaut that uses their powerful military to rob poor, desolate countries of what little wealth and oil they have. Your nation is evil, accept it, and maybe use your voices to try and change it. Your ignorance will not stop the mass murders committed to this day in the name of American "freedom."

  • Was Osama in Laden justified in orchestrating 9/11?

    No one in their right mind would support the killing of innocent civilians on 9/11 on the basis of the argument that Osama Bin Laden and his cohort wanted to end the war between radical Islam and the U.S. So why is it acceptable for the U.S. to have incinerated tens of thousands of civilian men, women, children and babies to end the War, when there was a military alternative? The U.S. could have continued the war against the Japanese armed forces instead of targeting Japanese civilians. If the Japanese civilians who were killed are not deemed to have been innocent (although it is hard to see children and babies as anything but innocent) because they may have supported the Imperialist Japanese Government, then neither were those who died in the World Trade Centre or any Americans, because they support the U.S. Government!

  • Killing civilians

    The bombs were dropped as a direct retaliation action of the U.S.A. To the attack of pearl harbor, which is a military facility. It was USA's military naval gateway to the pacific and south east Asia. But why must the bombs dropped in the middle of civilian cities, i.e. Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where the majority casualties were civilians. Not to mention the long term effect the nuclear weapon has on the public health for decades. U.s.a. Was and still is the only nation that have deployed full scale nuclear attack on another nation. And now they are ironically championing the anti-nuclear campaign. To me, the bomb on Japan was far worst than the alleged holocaust during the ww2. Nagasaki and Hiroshima are the real holocaust!

  • They killed innocent people.

    Not only was the warning to Japan only 5 days before the bombs were dropped, there were still innocent people in Japan. USA killed over 140,000 innocent people in Japan along with 2,000,000 people killed by radiation, not even considering the people who now are deformed and linked to cancer. That's way more than the bombs at the twin towers that killed around 3,000 people. No matter if Japan was supporting Germany, there were still INNOCENT PEOPLE that were killed. And I still know that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, which had no innocent people (because they were all troops). Those people are DEAD for no reason.

  • Soldiers killing soldiers is war, killing thousands of innocent civilians is murder.

    I don't believe the USA had the right to do such a thing, they should not be able to hold the right to kill hundred of thousands of people. How many innocent civilians died at Pearl Harbor? I bet none. They were all war related one way or the other, going to war is one thing killing like that is another, I am an American and I'm horrified by how stupid all these people who are for America are.

  • the us show an act of weakness

    The us was scared if they didnt used the bomb they wold have lose, they were showing a act of cowardness and plus in the Bible it says thou shall not kill and what did the Us did kill over thousands of innocent people that was even in the war. well i hope the people that drop the bomb got saved because if they didnt there in hell now. but i doubt they repented.

  • Military vs Civilian.

    It seems to be a matter of personal philosophy. If you believe that the ends justify the means, then dropping the bomb may seem justified. However, then you seem to indicate that you do not regard an attack on civilians, regardless of the extent they are involved in the war effort, to be any different than an attack on military. A military is a fighting force who at least expects that they are putting their life on the line to serve their country, for whatever purpose that may entail. They have willingly made a commitment understanding that death is a possibility. That is their sacrifice, and we should all greatly appreciate them for that. Civilians are completely different. Their involvement in war rarely extends so far. How can you possibly consider them to be necessary to a war effort, unless you have no particular regards to whom you kill to get done what you need to get done? If that is so, then yes, you believe the ends justify the means. Just know then that you have no right to complain about any action similar to such, like 9/11. We meant to send a message to the Japanese with a bomb on their civilians. The terrorists meant to send a message to us when attacking the WTC. The message may be different, but both chose to attack civilians to get our message across. If you choose to see it differently, then it is because you are making it personal. Perhaps then you should consider how others may make what we did personal, similar to how you view what 9/11 did to us. I have not served in a military, so perhaps my viewpoint is skewed when I say this, but if I personally had to make the choice, I think I would rather continue to fight a long and hard struggle, rather than slaughter innocents. I guess it depends on whether you value the victory or integrity of the nation more.

  • No, the Japanese were warned but they weren't given a date as to when the US would drop the bomb.

    Not only that but what evidence did the US give to proved they had such a weapon? Sure they wrote that they promised they were gonna drop an atomic bomb, but anyone can easily just write it down as a bluff. Plus the Japanese were already planning to surrender in the first place. The only reason why it took so long was because they wanted the emperor to stay in power, as well as have the imperial family protected. The emperor was just a figurehead, he had no real power, so he didn't really pose a threat. The US could have just accepted the Japanese's term of surrender, which was keeping the emperor in power. That was their only condition, which didn't really pose a threat, yet the US was dead set on their unconditional surrender.


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Anonymous says2013-02-22T15:49:35.680
We gave them a fair warning and they Didn't leave so that's there fault
Anonymous says2013-02-22T15:50:36.877
They were warned, since they didn't leave that's their problem
Anonymous says2013-02-22T15:52:05.860
It wasn't justified. We killed more Japanese people than they killed us and we killed so many civilians. The bombing was too much.
Anonymous says2013-03-05T17:59:51.083
Many of the people that were killed were INNOCENT! Besides they only killed 2,000 people at Pearl Harbor. We killed 140,000+ of them.
Anonymous says2013-03-27T22:39:32.093
The Japanese weren't warned about the first bomb on Hiroshima.
Anonymous says2013-04-06T00:05:45.757
We had no major beef with Japan until Pearl Harbor, they didn't warn us, we warned them about Nagasaki, they deserved what they got
Anonymous says2013-04-06T02:12:22.257
Oh my god, so many of you are SHEEP, do some research, then there'd be no controversy, they deserved it!!! With that I am so sorry for the children that have to live with the choices of those before you,this had nothing to do with you
Anonymous says2013-04-09T20:54:58.490
BBC commentator Jim Holt would later put it a bit more bluntly:

"It is always wrong to boil a baby even if lives are saved thereby."
Anonymous says2013-04-10T01:23:26.157
I'm sorry for all those kids who are affected by Japan's decisions, but I lose respect for those who are super bias and think Japan didn't have it coming, need I say coming the SECOND TIME as well
Anonymous says2013-04-22T05:11:40.990
Something all of you should look into is that the United States provoked the war with Japan, not the other way around. Pearl Harbor wasn't the first swing, the war with economics and resources was.
Anonymous says2013-04-22T17:58:58.663
Thus the altitude would be around 15,00 feet so the Clanmi would have dropped it on us because the alitude was high.
Anonymous says2013-05-08T21:39:19.947
Yes, Japan was not playing by the rules of war, but two wrongs never make a right. No matter what good could have come out of the dropping of the atomic bomb, killing innocent civilians was not justifiable, and it never will be. America justified itself by saying that it would save the lives of our boys. What we forgot is that our boys were fighting in this war because of the horror we experienced at Pearl Harbor, where soldiers and sailors, belonging to a country then on peace terms with Japan, were blown to bits. Those Americans that died were innocent, the remaining were horrified. And what do we do with that just anger? At the end, instead of negotiating peace, we demand unconditional surrender. Japan refused. Historians sneer at Japan for not surrendering sooner, but it would be suicide itself to surrender to a country that granted its defeated enemy no certainty of how it was to be dealt with. America did not back down on its terms. Unconditional surrender was what we required, and we would take no less. So even though we were justified in partaking in war with Japan, we used that justification to do wrong: (1) demand unconditional surrender, and because they would not accept, (2) drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We justified it then and still try to justify the obvious wrong of vaporizing thousands of innocent men, women, and children, including 23 American prisoners of war. This is not morally acceptable, and how we try to clean our consciences of the blood bath is pathetic. Common sense points out to the facts that backup this view… Hiroshima and Nagasaki were of limited military value; civilians outnumbered troops in Hiroshima SIX to one. The radiation effects are still suffered TODAY, not only causing Leukemia and other diseases, but leaving land unfertile and unless for the Japanese people.
Anonymous says2013-05-11T00:54:42.233
The bombs, put together, incinarated approximately 100,000 people within seconds. About 60,000 died during the next month because of overdosages of radiation. I don't think the U.S had a right to bomb Japan. First of all, they should have picked their targets better. Hiroshima, especially, was not a major military base, but rather, a densely populated civilian area. Moreover, the bomb had many acute and long term effects, including leukemia and cancer. The bombs contaminated water and soil within a large area, preventing people from eating and from living in those areas. It is true that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor without warning, but at least Pearl Harbor was a major military target. Also, Regular warfare which Japan used in very different from nuclear weapons, which an be seen when you compare civil casualties: 68 vs 180,000.
Finally, Japan was actually attempting to surrender before the bombs. They had asked the ussr to intercede for them, saying that they would surrender I f allowed to keep their emperor. The u.S, however, proceeded to bomb, wishing for unconditional surrender. After the bombs, the us gave Japan the terms they first refused, so they basically said "yeah, we will accept your terms after we blow up a couple of cities".

If you have a terrible weapon in your hand, the morality of tool use should demand you do not use it until you are in extremis. The u.S was definitely not in extremis. They were winning in Europe, were beating the axis powers in men and resources, and finally, their Russian ally was ready to join war against Japan. So, the only reason left for dropping those bombs would be murderour vengeance.

Many people say it saved millions of life's, but this so called fact is absolutely ludicrous. Studies done at the time, which were shown to president Truman, showed that it would take about 47,500 soldiers to invade Japan.
Anonymous says2013-05-11T22:28:29.350
Pearl Harbor was a strategic assault, engaging and destroying military assets. The troops that died there were hardly innocent; they swear allegiance to their flag, just as any other military staff would do. This flag had already committed political and economic hostilities against Japan, and a military conflict as the next escalation of this event. Pearl Harbor cannot at all be used as justification for the destruction of civilian locations by the nuclear bombings.
Anonymous says2013-05-28T00:44:18.830
I think that the dropping the bomb was a mistake. Sure, it saved plenty of american and japanese SOLDIERS, but innocent people are a lot different. We are talking about women and children here.
GeekiTheGreat says2013-05-31T13:52:43.063
People who are saying no really do not know what they are talking about.
Anonymous says2013-06-03T23:46:58.490
Every human being is selfish. Americans and japanese alike. They couldve stopped everything and had an actual conversation like REAL civalized people. But no. Destroy thousands of lives and cause two atomic bombings that couldve been prevented.
Anonymous says2013-06-04T15:54:26.393
The actions of the Japanese that led up to us leveling a couple of their cities were not justified either. They asked for it. It was not justified, but acts of war rarely are. But all's well that ends well. America and Japan get along pretty well considering World War II wasn't all that long ago.
Anonymous says2013-06-10T10:00:59.380
Any justification of USA's nuking of Japanese cities justifies USA's cities getting nuked.
NoorAli says2014-03-11T15:41:13.633
A Barbarian Act.Smoking out innocents in a matter of seconds with no thought of diplomacy and politics, completely Barbarian. Power is something that has always been either in the East or in the West, but no one on earth has killed innocents than United States.
SweetTea says2014-03-25T18:41:29.377
In war, it isn't any country's job to consider the casualties suffered by the enemy. Collateral damage, or civilians, have been killed in every war throughout history. It's an unfortunate reality. Japan started the war with the U.S., when they attacked Pearl Harbor. Truman finished the war, with Nagasaki & Hiroshima. We were at war & the bombings were justified.