believed that the bombs would bring the war to Asia to end, so that the American troops could go home. When the calls were made for the war it was estimated that 500,000 to 1,000,000 American troops would lose their lives to gain a successful invasion of Japan. These numbers do not include those of Japanese soldiers and civilians. It seems that America was also seeking revenge for the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor. Although many support the dropping of the atomic bomb there is also equal amounts of reason of why the bombs should not have been dropped. The main reason why the bombs should have not been dropped was the destruction that they caused. The other may be questionable but provable, that Japan was close to surrendering. The historian Mark Webber wrote how unnecessary the bomb was and said that, “by any rational yardstick, they were not. Japan already had been defeated militarily by June 1945. Almost nothing was left of the once mighty Imperial Navy, and Japan's air force had been all but totally destroyed. Against only token opposition, American war planes ranged at will over the country, and US bombers rained down devastation on her cities, steadily reducing them to rubble.” He believed
that Japan was going to surrender soon with or without dropping the atomic bombs. He believed that if Japan were to stay in the war that they would not be able to survive for any length of time. In conclusion of the dropping of the Atomic bombs in WWII they were certainly unfortunate but it seemed to be the best way to end the war. In my opinion the dropping of the bombs were successful
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- Spring '17
- B Sorensen
- World War II, japan, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki