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Was The Atomic Bombing On Nagasaki Necessary?

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"The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul,"(1) President Herbert Hoover. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks at the end of World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States at the order of President. Harry S. Truman on August 6 and 9 in 1945. In this essay, why the second bombing on Nagasaki was not necessary will be discussed. Evidence from a variety of sources will be discussed and viewed to prove that the atomic bombing on Nagasaki was unnecessary.Just three days after the attack on Hiroshima, a plutonium bomb, nicknamed ‘Fat Man’ was rushed into readiness. Everything was already planned and Truman’s order of July 25th had authorized the dropping of additional bombs as soon as they were ready. At 11:02 am, at an altitude of 1,650 feet, ‘Fat Man’ carried by Captain Kermit K. Beahan on a B-29 bomber exploded over Nagasaki.It is estimated that around 40,000 people died initially with 60,000 more injured and the number of deaths increased to about 70,000 due to radiation and etc. Japan surrendered three days after the bombing, ending World War II. One of the many debated issues in American history involved the atomic bombings of Japan. The ultimate question is - was the second bombing on Nagasaki necessary?Before the atomic bombings, the Japanese military had been defeated by June 1945. The Imperial navy force and the Japan air force got totally wiped by their oppositions. On March 9-10 of 1945, a wave of 300 American bombers struck Tokyo. This killed around 100,000 people and injuring many more. Dropping nearly 1,700 tons of bombs on the little helpless country. On May 23, eleven weeks later, came the greatest air raid of the Pacific War, when 520 giant American B-29 "Superfortress" bombers unleashed 4,500 tons bombs on the already destroyed island. The resourceless Japanese had lost the ability to import the food, oil, and industrial supplies needed to carry on a World War.By then, Japan was really weak and were prepared to surrender. Before the Hiroshima attack, American air force General Curtis LeMay boasted that American bombers were "driving them (Japanese) back to the stone age."(2) He also said "It always appeared to us, atomic bomb or no atomic bomb, the Japanese were already on the verge of collapse."(2) This quote clearly states that, Japan was on the verge of collapse and the whole country was about to die. So, it was clearly not necessary for another two destructive atom bombs.Months before the end of the war and before the atomic bombings, Japan’s leaders already realised that a victory is not possible. Then realising their lost, the Japanese approached the Russians seeking for their help. At that time, the U.S had already knew that for months, the Japanese have been trying to find a way to surrender. This was what Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said:...

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