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Atomic Bomb In The Hands Of Savages

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"As far as his own life was concerned, one thing seemed quite clear. 'I made one great mistake in my life,' he said to Linus Pauling, who spent an hour with him on the morning of November 11, 1954, '...when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atomic bombs be made; but there was some justification - the danger that the Germans would make them.," Albert Einstein discuses. War is a horrible event, but even Albert Einstein was convinced that making the atomic bomb was necessary for safety against the Germans, in the Second World War. Convinced by Leo Szilard, a physician, to warn Roosevelt that getting started on the bomb immediately was important since Germany was working on one. The thought of the Germans having a bomb was a threat. Einstein a pacifist decided to help Szilard get incontact with Roosevelt. The atomic bombs purpose was to be protected against Germany a powerful nation. When Roosevelt died, vice president Truman took his place and the decision about dropping the atomic bomb was in his decisions. A bomb that was meant for protection against Germans nation was dropped on Japan August 6th and 9th, 1945, two civilian populated cities. The bomb was used to end the war, but even Einstein knew that it was a mistake. The atomic bomb wasn’t necessary since Hitler had already been defeated and Hirohito was already weak, and there were other alternatives. Even though many may argue it saved many American lives, it killed innocent civilians, let alone the horrifying radiation effects the bomb had.
Dropping the bomb was not necessary because by July, Hitler had already been defeated and Hirohito was weak, ready to surrender. After The United States lost many battles in the beginning of the war, Midway was there turning point where Japan began to lose battles after battles to American troops. Japans weaknesses were displayed, “on June 21, 1945, [when] Japanese troops were defeated on the Pacific island of Okinawa after one of the longest and bloodiest battles of World War II...the United States next prepared to launch an onslaught against the Japanese mainland,”(The Library of Congress, Today in History). When Okinawa lasted three months and was one of the “bloodiest battles” it was self-evident that Japan's military was weak. After a long time of island hopping the United States was getting closer to the mainland, Japan. Okinawa was just a demonstration that “Japanese troops were defeated on the Pacific,” Japan's military was no longer an obstacle for Americans soldiers. American soldiers were closer to victory than ever, dropping the bombs was just ridiculous since Japanese soldiers were feeble and on the verge of losing. Major factors that contributed to Japan's weaknesses were that, “by summer 1945, Japan was a nation on the edge of defeat. Its navy hardly existed. Its best airplane pilots had been killed... The American naval blockade of Japan had stopped most shipping, which created major shortages of food and oil....

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