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The Decision That Changed America Essay

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On August 6th, 1945 and August 9th 1945, America dropped two atomic bombs named Little Boy and Fat Man. Little Boy, a uranium bomb, was dropped on Hiroshima, and Fat Man, a plutonium bomb, was dropped on Nagasaki. These bombs killed approximately one hundred and ten thousand people, injured a like number, and were the source of America's victory in WWII. But was it really worth it? There are many different opinions on whether we should have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan during WWII. Each person has their own reasons for believing what they believe about the atomic bombs, but I feel that America was just in their decision to drop them. There are many reasons why it was mandatory for America to drop the atomic bombs, but the most prominent is the fact that it ended a gruesome and horrific war that would have killed thousands of more Americans. By dropping a bomb on Japan and not entering a land attack, we saved thousands of American lives, and ended the war promptly. "They (America) did not want to incur further casualties or let the long war drag on still longer. They did not want to suffer the embarrassment of a failed demonstration (of the bomb)." (Text Book 549). Many argue that while saving many America lives, we killed thousands and completely destroyed Japanese cities. Though it is true that Japan suffered much causality, it was just in that America suffered many casualties at Pearl Harbor. Japan may have received a greater attack than they gave us, but it was the best decision for America at the time. "They (the Japanese) have been repaid many fold." (President Truman). Though it caused great agony to the Japanese, it was the better decision in the long run because it saved the world from an enormous war that could have lasted many years and killed many more people than the bombs did. Another reason why the dropping of the bomb was the correct thing to do is that it opened the door to other forms of military warfare, and showed America's power in war. "The deployment of a new atomic weapon allowed the United States to flex its muscles before the eyes of it communist rival." (Text Book 550). A weapon similar to the atomic bomb had never been introduced in war until America dropped them on Japan. While it created more possibilities for military weapons, and was an important stepping-stone in America's defense system, many feel it was a downfall for America and caused war to become more gruesome and immoral. Things like nuclear bombs and nuclear warfare would never have originated without the dropping of the atomic bombs. Though these new weapons can be used for dreadful casualties,...

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