A Closer Look at the Bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

1485 WordsJun 16, 20186 Pages
With multiple chances from the United States to surrender in the war and rejecting each one, the Japanese set themselves up for disaster. On August 6, 1945 the course of history was changed. Two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima, and three days later, August 9, 1945, on Nagasaki that ended World War II. Japan had already been a defeated nation from conventional bombs and World War II. Many innocent lives were lost, psychological scars were left on the lives of the bomb survivors, and thus many lives were changed forever. The atomic bombings caused many people to have genetic effects due to the radiation from the bombs. Revisionists have said the US used the bombs to blackmail the Soviet Union. The…show more content…
The atomic bombs ultimately saved both American and Japanese lives (Henry 51). If the bomb had not been dropped, more lives would have been lost and other nations could have gotten involved. The soldiers would have kept fighting for who knows how long, causing the war to continue on longer, with many more lives lost, both American and Japanese. If other nations got involved in the Pacific War effort, then people from those nations too would have more dead. The bombs saved the US from an invasion of Japan, therefore saving thousands of American lives. The bombs ended the war and there has not been a third world war. If the bombs had not been dropped the war would have taken longer to end and the threat of a third world war would have been on the rise. The atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the war quickly. President Truman stated in a speech in 1945, “The use of the atomic bomb was a military decision to end the war and save millions of lives. It was just the same as getting a bigger gun than the other fellow had to win the war and that’s what it was used for”(Loebs 7). The bombs were dropped as a military move to end the war (Henry 51). Then Secretary of War Henry Stimson stated that the dropping of the bombs and the destruction was the least horrible choice and that the dropping of the bombs ended the war (Loebs 6). The atomic bombs had not been dropped yet and Japan was already a beaten nation
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