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Dropping the atomic bomb was wrong.

  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!
Anonymous says2013-03-21T17:40:15.590
only 200000 died from the bombs and radiation
Anonymous says2013-04-05T05:13:15.890
But even after we dropped both bombs their cabinet was deadlocked on surrender. It took the emperor to break the stalemate and even then there was an attempted coup d'etat. Without the bombs would the peace party have had any chance?
Anonymous says2013-04-10T13:20:44.730
Yes many people died for no reason
Anonymous says2013-04-12T01:35:39.890
To be completely honest, they would all have strapped bombs on their chests and run under tanks if their emperor told them to, not surrender. They'd run at a freaking army with a stick to kill as many people as they could. They wouldn't have surrendered. You honestly haven't read up on this.
Anonymous says2013-04-12T15:00:41.027
Japan would not of surrender that is what their emperor said to do, fight till the death if the u.S didn't drop the bomb more u.S soldiers would have died.
Anonymous says2013-04-15T22:45:23.790
But murdering or soldiers on Pearl Harbor was okay?
Anonymous says2013-04-17T18:51:07.997
Let them bomb us give us more reason to blow them up again
Anonymous says2013-04-25T09:31:07.323
Hundreds of thousands, not millions. Not agreeing or disagreeing, just a fact check.
Anonymous says2013-05-12T20:54:18.683
The US perfected the atomic bombs first, they had the authority to control them. Military bases were located at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that counts for our retribution for Pearl Harbor.
historygeekkkk says2013-12-06T04:35:18.143
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?
(I posted this as a yes too)
Some_Anonymous_Guy says2014-01-30T11:22:16.447
Yes but if you think about it the russians were closing in on Japan as well so the US and Soviets could have surrounded Japan in which they would have had to surrender, or face total annihilation from both sides and just because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor doesn't mean they should do the same thing, and think of the side effects of the bombs if you somehow survived the initial blast which all ultimately lead to agonizing deaths. Also if you think about it the only reason why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor was because the US gave them literally no choice when they cut off all their supplies and when US officials originally attempted to slightly lift the embargo the military decided against that idea, so it was either attack the US and force them to give them their supplies or slowly watch the end of their empire so what would you rather do?
WildTofu says2014-04-03T20:38:49.573
Only a collective 240,000 people died between the two bombs (Including Radiation Aftermath), half of which were military personnel.
owenlester7 says2014-04-16T21:58:55.903
Actually only an estimated 246,000 Japanese citizens died
towlinejiga says2014-05-01T17:56:03.687
A plane called the ENOLA GAY dropped an atomic bomb on the city of HIROSHIMA. Instantly, 70,000 Japanese citizens were vaporized. In the months and years that followed, an additional 100,000 perished from burns and radiation sickness. Two days later, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. On August 9, a second atomic bomb was dropped on NAGASAKI, where 80,000 Japanese people perished.The Soviet Union had entered the war against Japan, and the atomic bomb could be read as a strong message for the Soviets to tread lightly. In this respect, Hiroshima and Nagasaki may have been the first shots of the Cold War as well as the final shots of World War II.
Cmm6897 says2014-08-01T01:21:16.150
Time and time again they did not surrender we dropped one bomb and approached them with a treaty they refused then we dropped the next, the Japanese where not going to surrender
GregoryS says2014-09-26T17:29:38.957
I do not agree with anything your post referred to. It's so emotional with zero logic. You are wrong.
jcv999 says2014-10-23T17:32:30.403
It was far less than the millions you described. You also seem to forget that when Japan conquered parts of China during the war they went into villages and killed everyone in sight. They killed MILLIONS of Chinese civilians in this manner.
historybuff123 says2015-04-08T02:47:10.500
You can educate dumb can't fix stupid
the bomb did not kill millions. Also it saved lives. Typical utopian believing, liberal, hippie who only acts off emotion not logic.
michaels98 says2015-04-20T00:41:10.353
First of all, the bombs killed around 200,000. This is still a huge amount but it shows that you do not have your facts straight. Second, the Japanese government knew very well that the US would probably beat them but decided to attack anyways. Third, although many of the deaths were civilians, the bombs were strategically dropped. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were both industrial towns and thus supplied a very large portion of their military's supplies. Fourth, we expected the Japanese to surrender after the first nuclear bomb, but we prepared for them not to. Turns out we prepared correctly because they refused to surrender. Even after the second bomb they were initially reluctant to surrender but after we told them their was a third they decided to surrender. And lastly, lets not forget who started this. If you mess with the bull you are going to get the horns.
R136a1 says2015-05-14T23:40:46.357
The Japanese wouldn't have surrendered because of their strong hold to traditions, meaning the code of Bushido would've been remembered
emmiiilly.kay says2016-02-23T18:21:24.427
Although I agree that the bombings were bad, your statistics are incorrect. Only around 200,000 Japanese were killed. Also, because of the way Japan fought and how they lived, morally, they would not have surrendered until they were all wiped out.
emmiiilly.kay says2016-02-23T18:23:34.640
Although I agree that the bombings were bad, your statistics are incorrect. Only around 200,000 Japanese were killed. Also, because of the way Japan fought and how they lived, morally, they would not have surrendered until they were all wiped out. Also, their citizens were not all innocent because Japan was arming the citizens giving them orders to attack American soldiers since WWII was considered "total war"
sihoosecond says2016-03-14T19:27:17.353
200,000 civilians are still a massive number.

To michaels98: Although you do put up a strong argument, your facts may be more incorrect/invalid. It is unknown whether the US could have beaten Japan, since there is no if in history.
Aperson777 says2016-05-19T14:07:50.237
Although you put up a fight, it was all for nothing. First off, the 150,000 that it killed was a lot better than the millions that would have died in an invasion of Japan, both Allied and Japanese. Second, it was the decision of the whole UN to ban atom bombs. The US alone could not have done that.
SomeGuyWhoIsCool says2016-08-25T13:37:17.547
Nice try, but the UN never existed before the atom bombings. It was the decision of the U.S. alone, because the USSR would have probably not approved of that. Also, Japan was also a permanent member of the League of Nations (the "predecessor" of UN). Get your facts correct.

Also, Japan were on the terms of surrendering, and Japan had conditions they wanted to be recognized when they surrendered, but the US ignored them, and bombed them anyways. And yet, in the end, they same conditions were recognized (the protection of the Dynasty).
lump_beefbroth says2018-05-01T18:14:17.087
Japan was fanatical, they would never surrender. Even after the first bomb was dropped, they were still fighting to the death. Though the emperor was considering a conditional surrender, the U.S. wanted unconditional.
WorldWarGURU says2018-05-29T13:53:48.997
The UN was not created until October 24, 1945, and the atomic bomb was not banned until August 5, 1963.
WorldWarGURU says2018-05-29T20:55:29.763
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