U.S. vs. Japan in WWII

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On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on the

Japanese city of Hiroshima. The Enola Gay, piloted by

Colonel Tibbetts, was chosen to make the mission. The

mission was recorded as successful by Capt. William S.

Parson at 9:20 A.M. This was an extremely controversial

military strategy in the United States. Was the United

States justified in the dropping of the atomic bomb? Yes,

they were justified formany reasons. The primary reason was,

that it would stop the war. Why is it that this war needed

to be stopped so badly? Even though in some ways it was

helping our economy, it was very costly in both money and

lives. Also, the United States soldiers were undergoing

harsh treatment by the unmerciful Japanese. Another reason

the war needed to be stopped was to defend ourselves from

another attack on U.S. soil, which in turn would kill many

of our U.S.

citizens. This is why the war needed to be

stopped; thus, justifying the use of the atomic bomb.

World War II was the costliest war in history, in

terms of lives lost. No exact figures exist, but

approximately between 15 and 20 million military personnel

were killed. Of these, 292,000 were Americans and 6,000

innocent United States citizens were murdered by our

enemies. It has been estimated that if the United States had

not dropped the bomb and had invaded Japan instead, the

United States would have lost about a million soldiers. The

Japanese suicidal fighting strategies greatly effected this

number. The Japanese would rather die than surrender. This

is demonstrated by the battle of Saipan. At this battle over

half of the population of Saipan walked off a cliff instead

of surrendering to the United States. This was often very

effective. Many times when a...