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The Nuclear Bomb: The Controversial Devision In World War Ii

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The United States had been in war for almost four years. Over 416,800 American lives were taken, and four percent of the world's population was killed in World War II. America needed a way to end the war as quickly as possible with the fewest U.S. casualties. A Japanese invasion was considered, but it would put American lives at stake. With the invention of the atomic bomb, President Truman made the most debated decision: the decision to use the most deadly weapon ever invented- the nuclear bomb. It was a very controversial decision. On one hand, the nuclear warheads ended World War II as quick as possible. On the other hand, it created mass destruction and devastated the two cities targeted: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some say that the United States did not have the right to deploy the two atomic bombs in Japan. The two atomic bombs killed more Japanese than the amount of Americans killed in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Others think that dropping the nuclear bombs was the right choice. It ended World War II quickly and did not put American lives at stake.
The United States was locked in combat. After suffering over 416,800 casualties in total, they needed a way to end the war at the earliest possible moment. The United States was planning an invasion after capturing two major islands- Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa were some of the most fiercest and bloodiest battles of the War in the Pacific of World War II. The airfields of Iwo Jima provided a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main island. On July 16, 1945, while the Sixth Marine Division trained and prepared for the invasion of Japan, the first atomic bomb was tested in New Mexico. It was called the Trinity Test. The bomb used was an implosion-design plutonium device, nicknamed "The Gadget." The Trinity detonation produced the explosive power of 20 kilotons of TNT. The explosion demolished the metal tower it was sitting on, creating temperatures higher than the surface of the sun. Dropping the atomic bomb was a definite alternative to an invasion. Four cities were chosen as possible targets: Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata and Nagasaki. The cities were chosen because they were untouched during the war. There were two main reasons to drop the bomb. One was because of the cost of the Manhattan Project, which cost an estimated $1,889,604,000 (in 1945 dollars) through December 31, 1945. The other reason was to respond to Pearl Harbor. Truman said that "When you have to deal with a beast you have to treat him as a beast." On July 26, 1945, President Harry S. Truman, United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chairman of the Nationalist Government of China Chiang Kai-Shek issued the Potsdam Declaration, which called for the surrender of all Japanese armed forces during World War II. It stated that if Japan did not surrender, it would face "prompt and utter destruction." It demanded an unconditional surrender and for Japan to disarm its military forces....

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