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Morals Of The Atomic Bomb Essay

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On August 6th 1945 the first atomic bomb as dropped in an attempt to end the war efforts in the pacific. This year will mark the 69th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb, and even after all this time there is still much debate over if dropping the bomb was the right thing to do or not. One of the main reasons I have seen arguing for the dropping of the bomb was that it saved American lives, and that it saved more people than it killed. However, saving American lives was not the only motivation for dropping the atomic bomb, the argument could even be made that saving the lives of soldiers was not even first on the list of reasons for dropping the atomic bomb. Among the reasons for ...view middle of the document...

And though we will never know how many lives American lives were saved by dropping the atomic bomb thousands of lives would have been saved had we accepted Japan’s surrender originally. One of the most well known battles of the war on the pacific front was the battle of Iwo Jima in which 6,800 marines were killed and nearly 20,00 more were wounded. The battle of Iwo Jima is simply one example of one battle that would never have happened of 6,800 solders who would have lived and 20,00 solders who would not have been injured.

In regard to having a lack of reason drop the bomb, I would say that a lack of reason to do something is not, in fact, a reason to do it. That kind of reasoning can be applied to all kinds of horrible act, the Allies did not give Hitler a reason to stop invading, and so he continued to invade other countries. The world did not give him any incentives not to attempt to kill all the people that he blamed for the degradation of Germany, and so he created the Holocaust. A lack of someone with more power than you is not a reason to hurt somebody with less power than you.

Personally I do not really think that what the Japanese did to Pearl Harbor and what we did to Hiroshima and Nagasaki are comparable. At that point in the war, even though we were still claiming neutrality we were already showing favor, we were beginning to amass an army and we had cut off supply to the Axis powers. So the Japanese planned a surprise attack on a military base in an attempt to prevent the US from joining the war and fighting against Japan. Though the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were dropped with warning that it would be dropped and it was dropped after war had been declared, they were dropped on civilian cities. Also the destruction at Pearl Harbor was not on a comparable level as to the level of destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That is even before getting into the ethics of revenge, if revenge is justified and in what situations it is justified. In our legal system, we do not condone revenge. Though some would say that the death penalty is more about revenge than it is about punishment, if that is true or not, as a while we do not use revenge as an excusable motive for murder. So by the basis of our laws, and the level of destruction between Pearl Harbor and dropping the bombs, as revenge for what was done at Pearl Harbor is not an acceptable reason.

Similarly I do not think that to make up for the expense of the Manhattan Project is a good reason for killing two entire cities of people. Conservative estimates of the death toll of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are at a combined total of 225,000. The cost of the Manhattan Project came out to nearly 2 million dollars, and while that is a lot of money, I feel that the lives of 225,000 people is worth more than 2 million dollars. Also the 225,000 is not even taking into account the people who survived the bomb but were effected by...

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