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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Nuclear weapons shouldn't have been used on the civilians of Japan, if they were going to use bombs then they should have used the weapons on armed military. I used to think the bombing was justified to end the war and save allied lives, but I now think using weapons on unarmed civilians is wrong. It could be seen as an atrocity.
Japan was a falling nation. They were low on resources, only had their home island, and their cities were burned to crisps from the firebombing before the bomb. There was no need for invasion anyway, we should have just stopped advancing. They hit us once at pearl harbor, but not again! We hit them so hard, we pushed them across the ocean and took all of their territories. Their civilians wanted to stop, but were oppressed by the military. They were too afraid to take action, and our country knew that. The island has few natural resources, they lacked war materials such as petroleum, metals, rubber, and guns. All we had to do was wait, they would run out of material if we had waited. They say hitler murdering jews was horrible, then the dropping of not one but two atomic bombs on populated cities full of civilians not soldiers. Some people say." Who would you have sacrificed, the few or the many(the Japanese civilians or the us military)?" I say, there is a third option, just stop. They were in no position to attack anyone. Their navy, decimated, their air force, outmatched, their army/marines, too few to do much. They didn't even have any superweapons, the Nazis, v2 missiles, the us, the atomic bomb, Japan, nothing. It was like hitting a wounded deer with .50 cal. The atom bomb and invasion, just unnecessary. -my name is jared crummey, I am 12 years old and I believe that the atomic bomb was unnecessary.
Many people are misunderstanding the power of the atomic bomb. Still, to this very day, people are dying from radiation in forms of cancer and disease. Even the American government knows what they did was wrong and have tried to cover up the intensity of their actions by denying it, and undermining its severity. We fail to speak about this in classrooms and in the public in general. We are the only nation in the whole entire world who have resorted to such monstrosity. We make a big deal out of 9/11 and yes as tragic as it was, we feel a more passionate connection to this issue because it happened on our soil, hurting our people. But the atomic bomb was far worse. In fact, it is one of the most ugliest things that humans have done to one another. Shortly after the drop of the bomb, instantly hundreds of people were melted on the spot. But it is the survivors that suffered the most. Many of them have had bits and pieces of their skin melted off with no hospitals to attend to, no family, no money, absolutely nothing. Many have described it as a living hell. Maggots and insects have been known to lay eggs on their wounds. All of these details are just one hundredth of the gruesome reality of it all. To those who say "ye?" To the justification of Japan without much of a reasoning other than "because they attacked us firs?" Should read or see the movie "grave of the fireflie?" Or other forms of media on this horrendous act of humanity and educate themselves on just how much suffering was caused.
The Americans were not able to control who the bomb affected. They should never have dropped it when they couldn't control the effects. It was also wrong for them to use Japan to show Russia how strong they were.
They dropped the bomb on innocent women, children, and other citizens that were not directly involved in the war and Japanese were ready to surrender. Many people died and many became maimed for life because of the atomic bombs.
Purposely targeting civilians is never justified. The Japanese people were no more responsible for the actions of their government that we in the U.S. Are. The U.S. Killed women, children, the elderly. If Japan had done that, they would have been condemned in history forever.
To say that dropping a nuclear bomb on these two islands was a last resort and 'the only way out' is just stupid. Even the doctor who was on the Manhattan project didn't agree that we should even have nuclear weapons such as this? And in America developing this we opened other countries to the arms race and possibly the outcome of nuclear war. You could say this stupid decision could lead to another world war if someone wanted it too.
Killing people in mass numbers without even giving them a chance to defend themselves is wrong. Killing thousands of innocent men, women, and children is never acceptable.
The atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has changed Japan for ever perhaps. The amount of destruction and death that the bombs had caused is perhaps unparalleled in any other human induced destruction. Not only thousands of people died; millions were maimed for life, rendered homeless, suffered mental shocks and remained traumatized all their lives even decades afterwards. The bombs destroyed the twin cities to a mere heap of rubble and charred corpses. I guess no body of a sound mental condition will ever second this ghastly act by the Americans.