Was the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Justified?

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A bomb which was equal to 13,000 tonnes of highly-explosive bombs, used to make the Japanese surrender, but also killing many lives, cannot be justified. When the highly-explosive bombs were dropped in Dresden, everyone had thought of this as very affective. But imagine how bad the atomic bomb would be, which could destroy a city only just by its radiation, let alone the actual explosion. President Truman of America made a decision of using the atomic bomb and it is considered as a war crime.

The Japanese soldiers had believed that if they surrender, they would feel humiliation as they knew they were defeated by an atomic bomb or two. The President Truman said that he saved lives but as far as many people believe, he caused a lot of loss and death, since he was the one who made the choice of dropping the two bombs. After the drop of the uranium bomb in Hiroshima, the Japanese did not give up at all, so then the plutonium bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. But if the Japanese did not think of surrendering after the second bombing, would not the President plan on bombing again the third time? Actually, the President had used two kinds of atomic bombs and was not sure which one was more powerful, so he tested them out in to cities in Japan for the first time.

As for the radiation after the bombing, it caused a lot of chaos. Even a few months after the atomic bombing, the poisoning from the radiation sill affected many lives. This radiation is affecting the people at this time, as the illness had been passed through the children of the real sufferers on 6th August and 9th August 1945.

But there is a thought, that if the atomic bombs were not dropped, war would have carried on, with all the bloodshed, and another million dead.

In general, and also in minds of many people, there was no necessity of using atomic bombs to stop and convince the Japanese to surrender. As the Americans thought that if...
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