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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.