This devastating event has led to the debate between whether or not bombarding Japan with atomic bombs was truly justified. Through thorough analysis of reasons for the dropping of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs and evidence proving the decision unnecessary, it was determined that the use of the atomic bombs was justified to a small extent. One could argue that the decision to attack the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs was necessary. The bombs had to be dropped in order to achieve American victory and prevent casualties in America and Japan. The goals of bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki was to gain victory with the least amount of American casualties as possible.
Some believe that the United States was correct in dropping these bombs on Japan because of the attack on Pearl Harbor while others believe that it was very wrong to dropped the bomb. I think the United States should have not dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because the atomic bombs was too expensive and it was not really worth it, they wiped out two entire cities, and Japan was planning on surrendering. The atomic bomb they used on Nagasaki cost 2 billion
Was America Justified in dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945? On August 6th, 1945 at 8:16 AM, a great yet horrific event in history occurred. This event is known as the dropping of the atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, the event that would begin and end the pain and suffering of millions. The atom bomb was dropped by an American B-29 Superfortress bomber named Enola Gay and the bomb’s code name was “Little Boy”. Three days later, on August 9th, 1945, America dropped another bomb on Nagasaki with the code name “Fat Man”.
The alternative for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisors was doing nothing and letting Nazi Germany develop atomic power and going on to use it to conquer the world. The United States of America wanted to end World War II on both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts and needed the quickest possible method to do so. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s advisors concluded that hundreds of thousands of American lives would be lost on an assault on the island of Japan. The U.S. Armed Forces was over 16,000,000 strong and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s main motive for dropping the atom bombs was to save American lives.5 The fact of the matter is World War II was started by the Axis powers which were Germany, Italy and Japan. The Axis powers alone turned Europe upside down.
Orthodox history represents the atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 as a significant tuning point because it brought WW2 to an end and the US wanted revenge for Pearl Harbour. On August the 6th 1945 in Japan, the US military dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the US wanted Japan to surrender as quickly as possible, so they could bring WW2 to an end. Then four days later, the US dropped another bomb on Nagasaki. The action of the US created a turning point as it ended the war and brought insight to the world and why nuclear weapons shouldn’t be used in any war.The consequences of the horrific bombing were that thousands of people in Japan died or were left with severe injuries and diseases from the radiation. Many were left homeless.The debate over whether it was a successful event still remains contestable today.
The atomic bomb was a nuclear weapon of war, and the first of these bombs were dropped on two Japanese during the second world war. The dropping of the atomic bomb was justified because of the fact that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, they had participated in many atrocities and a land invasion would have caused more of the allies to die. It’s because of these big reasons that the United States had to drop the atomic bomb because without it the Japanese would’ve just continued to fight and kill more allies. The atomic bomb also showed the Japanese and the axis powers that they were a nation not to fight with. The atomic bomb being dropped was justified due to the fact the Japanese had attacked the U.S. at a military base named Pearl Harbor.
The debate over the legitimacy of the atomic bombings of Japan generally revolves around what it was going to take to get Japan to agree to an unconditional surrender and what that might cost in American and Japanese lives. Those who supported the use of the bomb took the utilitarian view that it would end the war quickly and thereby save even greater numbers of American and Japanese lives by avoiding an Allied invasion of the home islands. In the context of The Just War Theory, however, the issue still comes down to the legitimacy of targeting civilians in industrial cities this line had already been crossed. Utilitarian considerations, such as the doctrine of double effect, only apply if the intended target is indeed military. Strategic bombing in World War II essentially was a decision to kill people not because of their military role, but because of their nationality.
The effect and impact of the atomic bombing of the Japanese people are understudied. Hiroshima demonstrated the power America’s atomic bomb and is often celebrated for its power, but commentary about the human consequences on the “hibakusha” is shunned from the larger narrative of World War II. In Japan, "hibakusha" means "the people affected by the explosion." It is crucial to include and study the “hibakusha” to understand and grasp the damage that a nuclear war can inflict on those involved. The medical and social effects of the bomb altered the lives of many Japanese civilians and these individuals are forgotten in World War II’s narrative.
The missing viewpoint is highlighted when it states, “Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base” (185). The atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima would be told in a much different way from the Japanese perspective. This is an event many Americans felt was necessary to end the war with a country that would fight till death to bring honor. However, many Japanese people felt this was a needless war crime that resulted in deaths of innocent civilians. It is much easier for Americans to relay this event as a factual occurrence, but to those still feeling and have felt the
The Cold War was not a very “cold war” or fought in a cold weather, it was a war between the USA and the Soviet Union. Both countries owned the weapon of mass destruction, namely, the atomic bomb. The atomic bomb is what killed masses of people in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WW2. In both nations people were all afraid of atomic bombs so they practiced a kind of self defense technique called “duck and cover”. This method imitated the turtle’s defense technique, hiding back inside its shell when danger was near.
The atomic bomb has a background rich with blood of the innocent and guilty alike, but it also has links to freedom and victory. In August of 1945 President Harry S. Truman placed the okay to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, ultimately ending WWII in the Pacific. The atomic bomb made a devastating impact in Japan, but it lead to V-J Day in WWII. Behind the tragedy put on Japan the bomb created an end to suffrage in European countries, Russia, and America. If I had the chance to convince President Truman I would implore he search for other alternative routes than the extremity of the atomic bomb, but if it was the only way I would say he should use the bomb.
Japan was planning on surrender, before the bomb was dropped. One reason was, Japan was getting ready to negotiate a peace settlement, yet Truman still decided to drop the bomb. The U.S. saw they were going to surrender (they knew). The U.S. was able to set up spying devices, and were able to hear some of the plans Japan was negotiating. Moreover, Japan’s not the reason this war started, yet two of their cities were obliterated, and many civilians died for doing nothing.
After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands, President Truman dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Since then, there has been arguments whether the bombs should have been dropped or not. President Truman’s choice to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was really the only option he had back then. Today, the bombs that President Truman dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki is thought as a horrible event, but Truman dropped the bombs to save American and Japanese lives, and in the end, shortened the war. Before President Truman decidecd to drop the two atomic bombs, the war with the Japanese had no end insight.
The atomic bomb is the most destructive weapon of mass destruction mankind currently posses. The Manhattan Project was the research of these bombs by the Americans before and during World War II. The Manhattan Project produced to the bombs that were to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One of the deadliest events ever is when the United States used atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Before World War II even started the Americans started their nuclear weapons project.
The Dropping of the Atomic Bombs August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945 were days thought no one believed would happen. Only one country in history has ever used an atomic bomb against another nation, and that nation is the United States of America. The atomic bombs were being used against Japan towards the end of World War II because of the bombing of pearl harbor. The United States was completely justified in dropping the bombs on Japan. Although some do not agree with using the atomic bombs, the bombs were dropped, changing the war along with the rest of the world.