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Compare And Contrast The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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On August 6 1945 the first atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped on Hiroshima. Now many people including historians look back at that moment and say it was not necessary. In recent weeks, tensions between The United States and Japan rose due to President Obama’s trip to Japan where he did not apologize for the United States bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Contrary to popular belief, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary because it saved the lives of millions of people, destroyed important military factories and ports and made the Japanese surrender and end the war. Even though thousand of people died from the bombings, there would have been more deaths if we did not use the bombs. The bombing of Hiroshima led to the death of about 66,000 people and the bombing of Nagasaki led to the death of 39,000 people(atomicarchive.com). The alternative…show more content…
Before the atomic bombings on Japan Kantaro Suzuki, the Prime Minister of Japan, let it be known that the Japanese did not approve of the Potsdam ultimatum and that they were rebuilding their air force. Then the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and afterwards Suzuki said, “ Now that we know it was an atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, I will give my views on the termination of the war at tomorrow’s Supreme War Council” and “The atomic bomb provided an additional reason for surrender as well as an extremely favorable opportunity to commence peace talks”(Hasegawa). These quotes demonstrate the fact that by using the atomic bomb it made the Japanese officials agree to the Potsdam ultimatum and end the war. Even though many people may disagree, the use of the atomic bomb was necessary. The bombs acted as a quick solution to end all conflict. Without it the war could have lasted several years longer and caused the unneeded taking of millions of
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