The Pros And Cons Of The Atomic Bombs

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August 6 1945, moments after the humming of a B-29 was out of hearing range, an extremely bright flash of light and a large boom came over the Japanese city Hiroshima. The orange glowing mushroom cloud signaled the quick destruction of Hiroshima, this was the first of two atomic bomb droppings on Japan during World War II. The decision to drop the two A- bombs was made by the United States in order to bring an end to WWII. However, was dropping the Atomic Bomb necessary to end World War II? The Potsdam Declaration, issued in July, demanded that Japan surrender unconditionally by August third or face “prompt and utter destruction.” The Japanese did not surrender, and destruction promptly came in the form of the atom bomb. Much of Hiroshima was obliterated by the "Little Boy" uranium bomb, with perhaps as many as 60,000 deaths almost…show more content…
The A- Bomb was necessary because it saved the lives of countless American soldiers. The bomb droppings were not necessary if it was to showcase the full might and power of the United States to the USSR. However, I do not find enough support for the previous claim. War is destructive and deadly, so no matter the atomic bomb or a main land invasion, the end of World War II was going to be bloody. The ‘better’ choice, if you can call it that, was to drop the atomic bomb because is caused fewer deaths than invading the Japanese main land. It is very unfortunate that many Japanese citizens died in order for the Japanese government to surrender, but it was done with a greater good in mind. The greater good that was done here was saving lives, the atomic bombs caused over a quarter million deaths while an invasion would have amounted to over one million Japanese and American lives. The dropping of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary because it saved more lives then the bombs took, and it also brought a more needed end to a bloody and costly

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