An Argument In Favor Of The Atomic Bomb

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“Truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military. Truman believed that the bombs saved Japanese lives as well. Prolonging the war was not an option for the President,” (ushistory.org 1). President Truman and the United States government made a fair decision by dropping the atomic bomb on the Japanese citizens in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during 1945. The bomb allowed the United States to appear more powerful and led to them influencing the rest of the world. The dropping of the atomic bomb was also a just response to the previous atrocities committed by Japan to other countries including the United States. In the long run, the bomb saved more lives that would have been lost in the war, since the bombs caused the Japanese to surrender and ended WWII. The Americans made a smart decision when dropping the bomb, because it led to future success for them and the rest of the world.
The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima allowed the United States to have more influence around the world, thus allowing them to spread ideas of democracy and freedom. With standings above the rest of the world, the United States could achieve their plan of spreading democracy and freedom. They believed that democracy and freedom would make countries in the world better places. For example, WWII physically and economically damaged most of Western Europe. The United States created the Marshall Plan to help, especially once they saw communism on the rise in those countries. "Under the plan, the United States provided aid to prevent starvation in the major war areas, repair the devastation of those areas as quickly as possible, and begin economic reconstruction. The plan had two major aims: to prevent the spread of communism in Western Europe and to stabilize the international order in a way favorable to the development of political democracy and free-market economies" (Library of Congress 1). In this layout of the Marshall Plan, the United States planned to help countries in Western Europe develop. The United States used the power they gained from dropping the bomb to aid countries. If the bomb was not dropped at this time, the United States would not have had the opportunity to become a leader. The advancement of other countries would not have taken place as well as level the wrong doings of the Japanese.
Two thousand four hundred and three Americans were killed and one thousand one hundred and seventy eight were wounded on the early morning of December 7, 1941; when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (Pearl Harbor Statistics 1). The dropping of the atomic bomb was a reasonable reaction to the atrocities, including the bombing of Pearl Harbor, committed by Japan to many countries. A man named Marine Corporal E.C Nightingale was on the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked. “The bodies of the dead were thick, and badly burned men were heading for the quarterdeck, only to fall apparently dead or badly wounded. The Major and I went...

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