The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb - Good or Bad
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The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
Good and Bad
One of the major questions regarding the study of World War II is whether or not the United States was justified in dropping the Atomic Bomb on Imperial Japan at the end of the War. Crimes against humanity, as never witnessed before, and hopefully to never be seen again, occurred during the course of World War II. The security of our nation and of other Allied nations was severely threatened, not only by the Germans, but also by the Japanese.
The Japanese were a strong people willing to fight until it was no longer possible. It may even be said that they were suicidal, with their kamikaze pilots and no real hope of defeating the Allied nations. The United States has always, and most likely always will, place a high value on American lives. In order to protect these lives and to ensure that the world is safe for democracy, American leaders had to make a very tough decision, whether or not to drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan. This act would essentially be trading Japanese lives for American lives. The Japanese, who were the aggressors, much like the Germans, were not sympathized with. There wasn’t a large amount of opposition to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. This was mainly because there were only a handful of people who knew the bomb existed. Some of the scientists who created the bomb were opposed to its use because they were afraid of how much damage it was capable of inflicting. Because of the slight opposition and Truman’s advisers being eager to use the bombs, I think the decision to drop the bomb was made far easier and the full ramifications not taken as seriously as they should have been.
There are many pros and cons of whether or not the United States should have dropped the atomic bomb. The truth is the dropping of the Atomic Bomb ended the war quickly. It saved many American/Allied lives,