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Was dropping the Atomic Bomb on Japan Necessary? Essay

  • Submitted by: rj578
  • on December 15, 2008
  • Category: History
  • Length: 2,132 words

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August 6 1945, moments after the humming of a B-29 was out of hearing range, an extremely bright flash of light and a large boom came over the Japanese city Hiroshima. The orange glowing mushroom cloud signaled the quick destruction of Hiroshima, this was the first of two atomic bomb droppings on Japan during World War II. The decision to drop the two A- bombs was made by the United States in order to bring an end to WWII. However, was dropping the Atomic Bomb necessary to end World War II?  
The Potsdam Declaration, issued in July, demanded that Japan surrender unconditionally by August third or face “prompt and utter destruction.” The Japanese did not surrender, and destruction promptly came in the form of the atom bomb. Much of Hiroshima was obliterated by the "Little Boy" uranium bomb, with perhaps as many as 60,000 deaths almost instantaneously and estimates of additional deaths by the end of the year from injury, burns, and radiation poison ranging as high as 100,000. The Japanese still did not surrender, even after the Soviet Union entered the war against Japan on August 8. Another American bomber then dropped the "Fat Man" plutonium bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, with another 50,000 deaths and eventually tens of thousands more. The following quotation is an excerpt from a public statement by President Truman given reasons for using the atomic bomb on Japan: “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost.   Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who...

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