Should the U.S. Have Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Japan? Essay

604 WordsMay 22, 20123 Pages
The United State’s decision to drop atomic bombs on the cities of Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and August 9, 1945, has been constantly debated. Some say it was necessary to end the war. President Harry S. Truman argued that the bomb was completely necessary to end the war. It was a speedy end to the war and it saved lives. It was argued that to wait for the Japanese to surrender would have cost many lives. But would the Japanese soon have been defeated anyway by the U.S. army? Was the use of atomic bombs, weapons that instantly killed tens of thousands of men, women, and children immoral? Yes. Killing thousands of innocent people is never moral, in any case. There had been room for compromise by the Japanese, and the U.S. ignored that. Japan had no more left in them to continue, and yet the United States still dropped the bomb on them. The United States should not have dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because it went against the rules of war and the Japanese would have surrendered soon anyway. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should falls into the characterization of war crimes and crimes of humanity. Even scientists who worked on building the bomb were opposed to its use. Crimes of humanity are usually murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian. The dropping of the Atomic bomb killed thousands of people and scarred all the people who survived permanently. Seven scientist, who had helped build the bomb, submitted a report to the Interim Committee, which advised the President, saying “If the United Sates were to be the first to release this new means of indiscriminate destruction upon mankind, she would sacrifice public support throughout the world, precipitate the race for armaments, and prejudice the possibility of reaching and international agreement on the future control of

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