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The Bombing Of Hiroshima: An Unjust Military Action

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The first bomb dropped on Hiroshima was an unwarranted action of the United States military, in addition; the second bombing over Nagasaki was a barbarous exploit of our nation that crossed the line over which we need not have stepped. On the morning of August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped over the city of Hiroshima and a second bomb was later dropped on Nagasaki three days later. Although the bombing of Hiroshima was seen as a military necessity needed to ensure that the Japanese empire would surrender to the United States in the eyes of many Americans, in reality; it was an unjust devastation that destroyed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians.
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Concluding, the nation of Japan was destroying itself by fighting us, and, relatively, we saved them. The atomic bomb we dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki spared the “Japanese people from utter destruction” and we would have shown absolutely no mercy had they not surrendered (Document I). The atomic bomb dropped on the nation of Japan was compulsory to see it through that the Japanese would surrender to the United States and we would protect many American lives, despite how forlorn the event was.
While the atomic bomb worked to our advantage in willing the Japanese to surrender to us, it did however jeopardize the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and it put many harmless people through chaos and trauma and was an unnecessary assurance that the Japanese would be defeated. The first bomb was horrid enough, but the second bomb caused devastation to spread throughout Japan. When the United States first tested the bomb, it had more power than “20,000 tons of TNT” which was perceptible for “more than 200 miles” (Historical Background). Since only the tested bomb had that much power, the real thing had much more energy. When we dropped the bomb, “70,000” people died instantly in Hiroshima, “over 20,000” people died immediately in Nagasaki, and “tens of thousands” more people died from the radiation exposure (Historical Background). Even troopers from the United States couldn’t help but see the devastation we left behind. A crewmember of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the bomb, asked themselves how anyone could “survive that down there” (Document G). But, the damage done to Japan is not the only reason that we should not have dropped that bomb. In reality, the Japanese were not ready to fight another battle and they were already on the brink of defeat. This is exemplified in the attack on the USS Arizona, where the...

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