Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Was it Justified?

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The United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan on August 1945. They claimed that it was to end World War II without risking the death of hundreds of thousands American lives during a planned invasion of the Japanese mainland. The President at the time, Harry Truman had other reasons in mind when dropping the bombs like, to justify the tremendous cost of testing and researching the bombs, to intimidate and impress the U.S.S.R., and to get even with the Japanese for bombing Pearl Harbor. I believe that the United States was not justified in dropping two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

World War II ended only days after the bombs were dropped, on August 15, 1945; Japan accepted the Potsdam Declaration by the Allied Powers, thereby surrendering unconditionally. "We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action."

(Declaration) The bombing on Japan did end World War II.

One thing that I do agree with Truman is his thought that it will save American lives to bomb Japan instead of having a land invasion. I am very patriotic and pro life. I agree with President Truman, the land invasion would have cost America many soldiers. But that does not mean that I agree with him dropping the bombs. It is unknown previously how many lives could have been saved because it was all estimations and guesses. The main people that were involved with the bombing were the captions of the planes that flew over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those people were not over the area long enough to get radiation so they were not effected by the bombing.

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