The Atomic Bomb And Japan

On August 6th, 1945, 70, 000 lives were ended in a matter of seconds. The United States had dropped a bomb on Hiroshima. Looking back on Truman's decision. Today, it is not thought of as such a good idea. It introduced a weapon of mass destruction that could eventually be used against us, it provided Japan with very long-lasting damages (radiation), and it is thought to have not been the reason Japan surrendered. Japan surrendered because of a combination of things (conventional air power, naval blockade, Soviet intervention). However, in 1945, dropping the bomb on Japan brought the war to an end more quickly and therefore was morally justifiable.
Truman's decision to drop the bomb ...

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that "he was glad to hear it and hoped we would make good use of it against the Japanese."
War is an inherently immoral activity. But, it is generally accepted that any decision to minimize the loss of life in war is morally correct. The decision to drop "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" (the uranium and plutonium atomic bombs) saved countless lives. Truman estimated that there would be 250, 000 Allied losses if there was to be a Japanese invasion. Truman also estimated that somewhere between 500, 000 to 5 million Japanese would lose their lives in the case of an invasion. Whereas the atomic bomb was estimated to have killed 110, 000 which is much less than the possible 5 million if there had been an invasion. Thus, Truman justified the invasion as "the lesser of two evils." The purpose of the atomic bombs, according to the former Secretary of War Henry Stimson "was to end the war in victory with the least possible cost in the lives of the men in the armies which I had helped to ...

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consider surrendering. The atomic bombs were therefore necessary to show the Japanese that the destruction of their nation could happen much quicker than the Japanese had planned and force them into unconditional surrender.
Japan used several tactics which American troops would never use, such as Kamikazes and the Baaton Death March. The term Kamikaze referred to pilots who flew their aircraft, loaded with explosives, directly into U.S. naval vessels. Kamikaze pilots, who sacrificed their lives in a last ditch effort to stop the allied advance, sank about 40 U.S. ships. The Baaton Death March was when the U.S.-Filipino Army was captured by the Japanese and forced to march to a far ...

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