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...