Was America Justified in using the Atomic Bombs against Japan in August 1945?
In this essay I will discuss the reasons for and against whether America was right to drop the two atomic bombs. These two bombs were unloaded on Hiroshima, 6th August 1945, and attempted to hit Nagasaki, 9th August 1945. America gave the two bombs code names, the one that was dropped on Hiroshima was called ‘Little Boy’. This bomb was made of uranium. The final death toll added up to 135,000. The nuclear bomb that fell on Nagasaki was called ‘Fat Man’. This bomb was made of plutonium. The final death toll was about 70,000. This was because the bomb had missed its allocated target and instead fell into a valley.
This paragraph includes the reasons for the dropping of the two bombs. The first reason was because Japan attacked Pearl Harbour using their special air suicide attacks called the ‘Kamikaze.’ The aim of the strike was to protect Imperial Japan's advance into the Dutch East Indies and Malaya for their natural resources such as rubber and oil, by neutralizing the U.S. Pacific Fleet. This led to the American entry in World War II. Another obvious reason was the atomic bombings brought the war to a more timely end, rather than having to keep up with a frustrating naval land invasion, losing many of our American soldiers. And I think America would rather lose Japanese people than their own people. The third reason was of the horrific incidents between Japan and China. Japan was consistently invading China from 1931 to 1937. Japan raped, plundered and pillaged China prior to attacking the US at Pearl Harbor. As the war progressed China joined the Allied powers but was occupied by Japanese forces close to the border. When Colonel Doolittle took a group of pilots and attacked Japan's industrial sites in Tokyo and a couple other cities, China was the designated landing site. Unfortunately due to Japanese occupation for the most part - none of the planes made it back. Almost all of...
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