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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of the arguments I am seeing on the opposing side talks about how lots of innocent people would have been spared if the bombs were not dropped but in reality that would not have been the case.
If the US would have continued fighting without the dropping of the bomb it would have ended in the invasion of the Japanese home islands since a larger majority of Japanese people did not believe in surrender because of their Samurai code. If the US had decided to go ahead with an invasion it would have resulted in a lot more deaths since the Japanese were teaching children to run into large groups of US soldiers and under tanks and then trigger the explosives, School children were also told to attack them with sharpened wooden sticks. These sort of tactics would probably have had a lot of physiological affects on a lot of people. On top of that once the Nazis had been defeated the Soviet Union had set up a lot of puppet governments in European countries that the Nazis had previously been in control of. If the US were to do a conventional invasion the Soviet Union would probably have done the same thing, with this happening to the Japanese Home Islands a lot of other countries may have also turned against the Japanese (mainly the Pacific ocean countries).
In conclusion the US was also looking for a fast way out of the war that would have resulted in the last amount of US citizen deaths. The US also gave Japan a chance to surrender before they dropped the 1st bomb but the Japanese government did not understand the power of this weapon since nothing like this has never been seen before. In response to people who say the the bomb was dropped without warning and that their was no reason to do so, the bombing of pearl harbour procured without warning or a solid reason.
Sorry If I missed anything important or if some of my arguments are not 100% accurate, most of my sources are from western documentaries which can be a little 1 sided.
(also to lazy to fix any Grammar issues cause I was in class while typing this and that is now over :) )
While its often overlooked due to the U. S. Victory in the war, The atom bomb was actually illegal. According to the International laws made on September 30, 1938, The bombing was very much illegal as it had imposed on the civilian population with the use of a bomb as well as chemical weapons. For the exact quote, Please refer to www. Dannen. Com. Secondly, The affects of the bomb were unlike the affects of a casual war. These affects caused radiation sicknesses and overall, Up to 250, 000 deaths. The bomb had even affected pregnant mothers, Whose children were wildly affected by this and carried on birth defects for generation upon generation. Even so, The bomb put an advance on nuclear arsenals and led other countries to begin working on their own. To this day, The bombings put us in a high security risk as it's now more accessible. Even General Eisenhour had confirmed that the bomb was no longer necessary to save American lives, Which many claim otherwise. It's often spoken that it would have cost the U. S. More American lives, Which even if it had, You can't put a cost on lives. Japanese or American, Any amount of lives lost in war can't be justified. By dropping the bomb, 70 percent of homes and buildings were completely destroyed to no repair and left the town completely radiated. Many of the lakes and much of the area was extremely polluted as well.
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Being that the U. S. Won the war, The known fact that the atom bomb dropping was illegal is often overlooked. As of September 30th, 1938, The international laws were revised and included the following:
"Any attacks of legitimate military objectives must be carried out in such a way that civilian populations in the neighborhood are not bombed through negligence. "
The international laws then go on to reaffirm that the use of chemical or bacterial methods is contrary to international law. The U. S. Could not have picked a better way to break these laws than the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Not to mention that 70 percent of the city buildings were damaged to no repair and that up to 250, 000 people were affected. Of those people, Many of them died of radiation poison later on as well as suffered from other related sicknesses. Pregnant women also later gave birth to children with birth defects to pass on for ongoing generations. Many of the affects were not fixable, As the Japanese were even ready to surrender. In the Japanese culture, It is considered a taboo to surrender, But in this case, They were short on supplies leaving them physically unable to continue. Even then, It would have been easier to wait out until November 1st, The next possible attack the U. S. Had planned. If they had waited, It's likely Japan would have been so weak, They'd already surrendered peacefully. Maybe the attack wouldn't have even been necessary then. Just as this one, According to General Dwight D. Eisenhour had quoted that the bomb wasn't mandatory to save any American lives as many claim.
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Being that it's often overlooked as the U. S. Had won the war, Dropping the atom bomb had actually violated two laws. As of September 30th, 1938, The International Laws had included the following:
"Any attack on legitimate military objectives must be carried out such a way that civilian populations in neighborhoods are not bombed through negligence. "
"The use of chemical or bacterial methods in the war is contrary to international law. "
Clearly, It has been overlooked due to the U. S. Victory, But it's still a very important factor in determining this. IT WAS ILLEGAL FOR A REASON!
Dropping those nukes should be considered one of the greatest acts of terrorism the world has ever seen under the guise of a last resort to end a war. According to the U. S. , The Nazis were on the brink if developing this technology, But would they have been insane enough to use it. The U. S. Put itself in the leading position, Effectively holding the world at gunpoint, And in the process they've put in place an enormous military economy. Eisenhower's warning about the military industrial complex was heard all over the world but none have listened. This is a nation that welcomed Nazi war criminals with open arms, And continues to house the biggest group of today's war criminals, And protects them from prosecution.
The atomic bomb was dropped on innocent people instead of the military area. The explosion destroyed the cities and killed thousands of people. Radiation was a huge problem. Many animals and people got either sick or died due to radiation which also caused many children to be born with disabilities. The United States was already winning the war and Japan was close to surrender which makes it even more unnecessary for the United States to take such a move.
Even Though the U. S chose to use the atomic bomb, Because of the Japanese refusal to surrender, It is clear that it wasn't the best option. Murdering millions of innocent Japanese citizens, The subsequent radiation, The contamination of their water sources and crop, And radiation poisoning and the damage to the environment was clearly unnecessary! According to experts, Fausto Pocar and Renato Zerbini,
the attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are classified as war crimes because they violate two principles of the rules governing armed conflicts. Added to incentivizing other countries to develop weapons of mass destruction and nuclear missile programs, That became a vast threat to World Peace.
Here and now we suffer from atomic-scale threats, And we pay the price for the inhuman decision of the united states.
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 can't. I don't think so!
The bombs that the USA let in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1942 destroyed civilians' homes (people that weren't involved with the war at all), Killed
many people and its consequences impact the place till today because of the radioactive material. Sure that if the US had kept the operation and attacked by land more people could have died (including civilians and American soldiers), But the government could have reacted to the Japanese attack in another way, They had an enormous army and weapons that weren’t
The US knew the cruelty that it was using the radioactive bomb and not so long before they dropped it they started a plan that assured that no one would produce or use nuclear weapons again and that the studies that involved it should be shared.
There should never have been bombs made, Or any other weapon for that matter. All this violence should've never been started. Yes Countries had their differences but they could have handled it differently. Innocent people died that day and for what? Just to prove a point. How sad. We should stop all the violence and destroy all weapons.
It’s a fact that The United States caused a lot of pain and suffering to Japan, By throwing a bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than 140. 000 people died in these two cities, And most of them were innocent civilians, Who had nothing to do with the war. With this in mind, We can infer that this bomb was a cruel way to end the war, Even though “necessary”, In Truman’s view. However, There surely were better ways to make the Japanese surrender, Without killing a big part of them.