U.S. History - Grech
Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan, Justified?
On August 6th and 9th of 1945 U.S. bombers dropped atomic bombs on the
Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, causing utter destruction and many deaths.
These bombs were dropped as the Pacific battles of World War II were coming to an end.
Soon after Japan surrendered, ending the war. But, was the use of atomic warfare
necessary? Was it too harsh and cruel to the Japanese? The first question was whether or
not to drop a bomb. The effects of atomic warfare had not been known and studied, but it
was apparent that it would be a good tool in ending the war. The first bomb did appear
necessary to ending the war. It would put Japan in check to bring a quick finish to the
fighting, saving many lives, as well as prevent the Russians from joining the Pacific War.
The second on Nagasaki, however was obviously not. It was handled foolishly, in that the
Japanese were not allowed enough time to surrender and it seemed like a big sick
experiment. The United States of America was justified in dropping the atomic bomb on
the island of Hiroshima, but not justified in doing the same to Nagasaki.
Throughout the war scientists had been involved in the notorious Manhattan
Project, the production of the atomic bomb. In three years the U.S. was ready to test the
first atomic bomb, and did in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Seventy prominent scientists
signed a petition to warn the government of trouble ahead. They did not yet know the
dangers of this powerful weapon and wanted to stage a demonstration for the Japanese to
see what power the U.S. had. That never happened. George Marshall then suggested that
we warned the Japanese ahead of time to clear the military base at Hiroshima of people,
but the army didn’t want the Japanese to expect the attack. Less than a month after the