War Argument Essay: Was Dropping The Atomic Bombs Justified?

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World War II was a war fought by almost all the countries on Earth. Though 71 countries participated, they were separated into the Axis powers and the Allied powers. Eventually, the Allies won the war after a span of 6 years, though one of the Axis powers refused to surrender to the Allies. That country would be Japan. Having Japan not surrendering yet had been a result that the Allies would not accept whatsoever. Consequently, the first bombing took place on August 6th, 1945 in Hiroshima which killed more than 100,000 people and wounding around 69,000 people. The second bombing took place on August 9th, 1945 in Nagasaki, killing more than 50,000 people and injuring around 25,000 people. ...view middle of the document...

According to Beau from Yahoo (who I really trust), he states that Emperor Hirohito was extremely shocked by the total collapse of Kwangtung’s army and later receives a threat of an invasion of Japan itself. Therefore, we can infer that Emperor Hirohito pleaded the Council to surrender not because of the droppings of the atomic bombs, but the invasion by the Soviet Union and the threat itself made by the Soviet Union, following Japanese Prime Minister’s, Kantaro Suzuki, proposal of peace. Furthermore, Emperor Hirohito never mentioned the words, “atomic bombs” in his address to Japan’s armed forces, explaining Japan’s decision to surrender. If the cause of Japan surrendering was because of the Soviet Union, then the droppings of the atomic bombs are completely unnecessary which therefore makes it unjustified to drop it since it did kill many innocent civilians for no apparent reasons or motivations.

Secondly, if the atomic bombs did actually play a role in Japan’s defeat, it would still be unjustified. Sure, it would save many lives of US soldiers. I understand that, but what I don’t understand was that Japan sent out several agreement terms offering peace which can also save the lives of US soldiers and more importantly the lives of civilians. In addition to that, dropping the atomic bombs is does not give a very definite/expected result. It could terrorize Japan on how savage the US can be and lead them into surrendering OR it could terrorize Japan on how savage the US can be and lead them to intensify the war even further more and when war escalates further, more deaths are caused. Even Albert Einstein, a scientist that assisted on the makings of the atomic bombs thought it was inhumane and insane along with Robert Oppenheimer, the head scientist in developing the atomic bombs.

Suppose that Japan had the atomic bombs and sank it in the US. What would the US do? Fight back just like how when Japan bombarded Pearl Harbor! Therefore, we can easily consider the great loss of US soldiers as an excuse of dropping the Atomic bombs. A possible reason on why the US dropped the atomic bomb would be because they wanted to look superior compared to other...

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