Should U.S Have Dropped the Atomic Bomb

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On August 6, 1945, American plane dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion utterly destroyed more than half of the city. About 90,000 people were killed immediately; another 40,000 were injured, many of whom died in an agony from radiation sickness. Three days later, the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and killed 37,000 people and injured another 43,000. Together, the two bombs eventually killed an estimated 200,000 Japanese civilians. From a glance, the deed was plain brutal and ruthless but examining fully, the decision to drop the bomb saved many lives indirectly, both American and Japanese, and helped put an end to a horrific war. One of the main purposes of the atomic bomb was to prevent American casualties in the war. Although successful, invasion of Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa islands proved to be costly. Many American soldiers had sacrificed their valuable lives fighting. And if the war had not been stopped and continued on, no less than 250,000 soldiers were going to die, as it was estimated. It all came down to a simple calculation: is it necessary to sacrifice 250,000 American soldiers so the bomb wouldn’t be dropped? Another very important detail to the picture is that from the lives saved, it was not only American lives being saved but it was also Japanese lives. The largest number of people killed in war was not at Hiroshima, but at Tokyo, with conventional firebombs. The military leaders refused to take action and surrender. Some 80,000-100,00 people killed. After Japan surrendered in 1945, no more Japanese people were killed. It would have been hard to imagine how many Japanese lives would have been lost had they not have stopped. The entire Japanese military and civilian were ready to fight to death. Damage done by Americans, damage done by Japanese combined would’ve been far deadlier than an atomic bomb
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