step to ending the war. In the Potsdam Declaration, Japan was given the choice to unconditionally surrender or face “prompt and utter destruction.” Japan refused to surrender; President Truman found it necessary to attack them since approximately 170,000 troops were lost in the Pacific War. He was trying to end this war fast and effectively. This method was successful; this was a quick way to end the war as Japan immediately surrendered. This was also revenge for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as saving many American lives that would have been lost if there was another battle. What were the reasons the bomb should not have been used on Japan? The war was ended with Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan but was such an inhumane act necessary. There could have been another way to defeat Japan that did not have to cost the lives of innocent people, including children. Colonel Paul W. Tibbets Jr. Dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing 50,000 Japanese and destroying the city. The other bomb dropped on Nagasaki killed 40,000 Japanese. These two bombs were more powerful than any bomb dropped on Europe. This act was also not supported completely by the United States, President Truman decided this action going on the contrary to many Americans. Eisenhower believed that Japan was already defeated
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- Fall '19
- Joseph Swails
- Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki