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Surname 1Name TutorCourseDateWas the United States Justified In Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan?The United States is the only country in history that ever used atomic weapons in a war. By August 1945, the fate of Japan in World War II had been sealed. The country knew that they had already lost to the United States. They had a choice to either surrender or keep fighting until the confirmation of their fate had. With those two options, Japan chose to do the latter and the result was the decision by the United States to end it by dropping atomic bombs in two of its cities. The justification of this action has been at the center of debate ever since the conclusion ofthe Second World War. The decision to drop the atomic bomb in Hiroshima had detrimental consequences but in hindsight, the United States was justified to doing so. Before the close of the Second World War, the United States and other well-intended nations were persistently seeking solutions to end one of the deadliest wars in human history. One of the main most valuable resources that would have continued to get wasted had the war lasted longer was human life (Alperovitz 20). The United States thought that the longer this conflict lasted, the more the cost of life humanity will incur (Gresser 8). On that ground, finding the quickest way to ending the war was in the best interest for everyone who valued human life. Therefore, the atomic bombs reduced not only the time it would have taken for the conflict to end but also the limited the number of casualties that would have resulted had the war continued beyond August 1945 (Iriye 90). Besides, the US military had lost close to half a million soldiers, and it was in their interest to no longer incur more casualties fighting Japan (Nagai 7).
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  • Adrianna Bakos
  • English, World War II, Nuclear weapon, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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