The Pros And Cons Of The Bombing Of Hiroshima

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On August 6th of 1945, a revolutionary form of destruction was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The atomic bomb, nicknamed Little Boy, was the first uranium-fission-based bomb to ever be detonated. At 8:15 AM, America wrought destruction and performed the worst injustice imaginable upon the city, its surroundings, and its people. President at the time, Harry S. Truman, gave consent to the creation and use of such a weapon, and quite frankly, is to blame. President Truman should not have dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima because it was the cause of the inhumane murder of over 130,000 innocent Japanese civilians, its motivations were unjustified and there were several, other alternatives to the “a-bomb.” Simply put, the bomb was…show more content…
There were many alternatives, these include a demonstration of the bomb, waiting on the Russians and the continuation of a traditional bombing. In the BBC documentary, there was a discussion of demonstrating the atom bomb upon uninhabited areas of Japan to intimidate them. If this were to have happened, over 130,000 people would not have died and neither would the eighth largest Japanese city be decimated. A reason why waiting on the Russians to invade with ground troops would have been plausible is because it would have tipped Japan over the edge and finally given them a sense of inevitable defeat. This also proves the Truman and America were attempting to terrify the Russians and establish a foolish sense of dominance, yet they still invaded week after the bombing! Finally, there was the argument of conventional bombing over atom bombing. Believably, if conventional bombings were enough to nearly make Japan surrender, why did Truman go even further as to dropping a mass weapon of ruination? The Strategic Bombing Survey states, “‘...even without the atomic bombing attacks, air supremacy over Japan could have exerted sufficient pressure to bring about the unconditional surrender…” (Anesi.Com). Thus, if we had continued with a few more B-23 bombings, we would have reached the surrender we first demanded. Despite these other possibilities, Truman was uninformed and did not take them into account, resulting in a ridiculous, dramatically fatal
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