Reaction Paper on the Atomic Bomb

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Ryan Parmelee
History 1302
Dr. Cox
Atomic bomb
In 1945 Harry S. Truman decided to use the atomic bomb not only once, but twice to finish World War Two. The first bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima August, 6th killed upwards to around 80,000 people and the second bomb dropped on Nagasaki August, 14th killed 40,000 people. The controversy of the atomic bomb is because of the amount of innocent people that were killed in Japan. Nobody will ever know the outcome of the war if we never dropped the bomb, but we do know that the war was ended because of it. Over 100,000 people lost their lives because of these bombs, but how many lives would have been lost if we never dropped them? That is the other question that can never be answered, but based on evidence the blood shed would have been much greater if the war had continued on to go on in Japan. It was necessary that the United States dropped the atomic bombs because of a few main reasons. The Japanese leaders were very ruthless and it was against the Japanese culture to give up. For example, “Thousands of suicide missions by kamikaze pilots who tried to crash their planes into U.S. warships seemed additional proof of Japanese fantacism”. When Japan refused to give up there was only so much the U.S. could do. When in office Truman argued, “That the use of the atomic bomb was necessary to avoid an invasion in Japan that would have cost hundreds of thousands of lives”. It is quite possible that Truman may have thought that the atomic bomb could also be used to intimidate other countries like the Soviet Union and the axis powers, but his main focus was the United States at that particular moment in time. There was no winning in Truman’s situation because he was basically choosing who lived and who died. Truman had to choose between possibly losing the war and hundreds of thousands of more men and dropping the atomic bomb on innocent civilians. His actions were not based on the sole purpose of intimidating other...
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