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The Atomic Bombs Essay

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As World War 2, came to a close, The United States unleashed a secret atomic weapon upon the enemy nation of Japan that was quickly recognized as the most powerful wartime weapon in human history. They completely destroyed the entire Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and essentially vaporized countless innocent Japanese lives. Some historians believe that it was a foolish, brutal decision to use the atomic bomb on a weakened Japan, and that the civilians of the country did not deserve that kind of mass-annihilation. On the opposite side, other historians assert that dropping the bomb saved countless American and Japanese lives by ending the war faster than a regular invasion would ...view middle of the document...

Instantly, 70,000 Japanese citizens were vaporized. In the months and years that followed, an additional 100,000 perished from burns and radiation sickness. On August 9th, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing approximately 80,000 more Japanese civilians.
Common arguments against this action include that we should have dropped an atomic bomb on an evacuated city such as Iwo Jima to demonstrate it’s power before dropping it on Japanese civilians. Others say that it was completely immoral to drop a weapon as strong as the atomic bomb on countless innocent Japanese civilians. Not only did a staggering amount of Japanese citizens die instantly upon the vicious blast, but several more suffered a slow, painful death from radiation caused by the explosion. Some maintain that Japan’s army was about ready to surrender anyways and drastic measures such as atomic bomb were completely unnecessary and asinine. After all, they had been overwhelmingly defeated by Allied forces in battles such as Okinawa and Iwo Jima before this incident and were just forced to their home island. Another argument that opponents of using the atomic bomb contest is that President Truman was just showing the United States’ nuclear power off to the Soviets, making the nuclear arms race that followed World War 2 inevitable.
While many think using the bombs was morally wrong and cruel, supporters of Truman’s decision proclaim that using the atomic bomb to quickly end the war actually saved millions of Japanese and American lives that would be wasted on the battlefield if the war dragged on. Japanese officials estimated twenty million deaths...

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