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HistoryGeek56
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Thoht
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was the dropping of the atomic bombs justified

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Started: 5/30/2018 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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HistoryGeek56

Pro

Yes, it was justified. If we had invaded we would have lost much more American an Japenese lives. Historians from Duke, Havard, and Stanford have estimated 1 million to 2 million lives would have been lost in an invasion. Also, at this point in time, the Soviets were also developing a nuclear weapon and with Stalin in control the would have been launched at France or England to bring them into submission. With the power of nuclear weapons, even old ones shone to full force, nuclear weapons have provided one of the greatest deterrents to war mankind has ever made. Therefore, The dropping of the atomic bombs was completely justified.
Thoht

Con

Happy to think with you today.

I should note a few things before I let you start with your arguments and evidence.

1. You've specified "was" in the title. This means we're looking at it from the perspective of the past, not from the perspective of the future. As such, unless you can show Truman had access to these estimates from Duke, Harvard, and Stanford, they mean nothing in this debate. We have to debate based on the information available to Truman and the U.S. Generals involved in this issue.

2. The fact that the dropping of the two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities has potentially had an effect as a deterrent to war is also meaningless unless you can show that this was a reason Truman decided to drop the bombs.

You have to show what the real reasons were for Truman (to the extent that is possible for a member of the public) and I will summarily tear them down and raise moral issues against them.

Happy thinking.
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