Atomic Bomb 6


“The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost. I urge Japanese civilians to leave industrial cities immediately, and save themselves from destruction.” Harry S. Truman appears to be perfectly confident in his radio address to the world on August 9th 1945. Confident that he has made the right decision in dropping the first weapon of mass ...

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crimes of war. This debate has raged between historians for years, yet research and articles written in recent years how show the atomic bomb not only ended the war is a timely fashion but also, holistically, saved both the US and Japan, much distress and agony. Nevertheless, the net worth of Truman’s decision to drop the World’s first atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki well out weighed any fallout that might be attributed to their destruction.
In the last days of World War II, victory for the allies seemed inevitable. It was only a matter of time, until the Japanese would surrender, and the world would be safe again. However, despite this confidence, an invasion of Japan would prove to be a costly event, in both capital and human resources. President Truman decided to take the only logical way out of this war and ordered the dropping of the Atomic bombs. By 1945, the war effort encompassed every aspect of American life, draining the country of economic ...

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of every Japanese individual. Thus creating a situation strikingly similar to that of Vietnam, becoming a guerrilla type war. And, as in Vietnam (a much smaller and weaker country militarily) the US would prove to be incapable of winning a guerilla style war in unfamiliar terrain. However, the positive effects of the bomb was not all one sided, and would prove to be just as helpful to the Japanese.
The effects of the atomic bomb would not only aid Americans but, despite the horrible short-term effects of the bomb, would also aid the Japanese. The Japanese fighting mentality was a never surrender, allegiance to the state, suicide mission, and the full defense of their ...

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