Potsdam Declaration: Argumentative Analysis

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5.6 With the Japanese failing to respond to the Potsdam Declaration, one could make a strong argument for why the atomic bomb should’ve been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With earlier battles ending with large amounts of bloodshed, especially Okinawa and Iwo Jima, it was estimated that the United States would have had approximately one million casualties and the British around half a million if they would’ve continued their island hopping campaign. The Japanese were showing no signs of surrender, willing to not only fight to the death but commit suicide rather than to accept defeat. This allowed the US to imply that the war would drag on longer than it already had, making a solid case to drop the bombs with the two main motives being the salvation of American lives and the speeding up of the war.…show more content…
Some argue it was not only morally wrong but a foolish military tactic. Thousands and thousands of innocent lives were lost with the dropping of the atomic bombs, including all of the radiation and sickness that it brought. Others say that Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren’t even legitimate military targets with civilians outnumbering soldiers six to one. This counterargument could be just as effective in a debate with all of the statistics and emotions tied to
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