Why Is Atomic Bombing Necessary

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I wasn't sure at first either, but after some research for a class, I found that the bombings were unnecessary. By June 1945, Japan had already been militarily defeated. Almost nothing was left of Japan's navy, and its air force was almost totally destroyed. The explosions destroyed more than four square miles of Hiroshima. About 90,000 people were killed immediately, and another 40,000 were injured (many of whom died from radiation sickness.) Three days later, a second atomic strike on the city of Nagasaki killed about 37,000 people and injured another 43,000. Together the two bombs killed an estimated 200,000 Japanese civilians. President Truman tried to defend his use of the atomic bomb, claiming that it "saved millions of lives" by bringing
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