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Did the United States make the right decision in the dropping of the atomic bombs? They were dropped to end the war on the Pacific front, because Germany and the Axis Powers were defeated. The bombs were constructed and designed under the Manhattan project, taking two years to complete. The two atomic bombs codenamed Little Boy (a uranium Atomic Bomb) and Fat Man (a plutonium implosion Atomic Bomb) were dropped on Hiroshima with the Boeing B 29 Superfortress bomber named Enola Gay, on August 6, 1945.
Nagasaki was bombed three days later. Overall, the bombings on Japan were a good decision made by the US.
When FDR died on April 12th, 1945, Harry Truman the vice president was put into the position as president while the US was at war with Japan. He wanted to find a solution to end the war and not endanger the lives of American soldiers. He realized one way to end the war was with the newly invented atomic bomb.
He never wanted to bomb Japan, so he held a conference with the Japanese and told them we would drop devastating bombs on them if they didn’t surrender. They thought we were bluffing and that it was only our warning. When the atomic bomb was dropped about 170,000 Japanese died. This is contrasted to the estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 American lives that would’ve been lost if we made an invasion attempt on Japan. His decision saved many lives and made Japan surrender unconditionally.
Another reason Harry Truman decided to drop the atomic bombs besides to end the war was the Russians. The Soviet Union wanted to attack Japan because they wanted to control part of it and make it Russian ruled. The reason the US didn’t want this to happen was because they were communist and we didn’t want communism to spread. We had to act quickly too before Russia could mobilize and attack Japan. We also wanted to demonstrate our power to Russia and other world powers. This showed the world what we were capable of. It also showed the world that nuclear warfare is and was possible. Unfortunately, Russia perfected their own nuclear weapons in 1949 and others followed.
The atomic bomb did save lives, but it also took them away. After 170,000 Japanese died in the bombing or shortly after, another 100,000 Japanese slowly died. They contracted a plethora of diseases such as leukemia, and other variations of cancer. This was because of the massive amounts of radiation they were exposed to. Although the bombing took away the lives of many innocent civilians, it saved an estimated five million lives on both the Axis and the Allies’. sides.
Overall, the bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a very good decision. It caused a quick end to the war and saved an uncountable amount of lives. We even gave them a chance to surrender when we told Emperor Hirohito that we’d drop the atomic bomb on them if they didn’t take actions to surrender to the Allied powers. In conclusion, without the dropping of the atomic bomb the Allies may have lost WWII to Japan or communism could have spread around the world.
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