Hiroshima, a Tragedy That Could Have Been Averted? Essay

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The nuclear bombings of Japan are very controversial topic, and is highly discussed and researched by the scholars and the general public. The nuclear bombings are not just a small part in military history, but a lesson of reality and the destruction possible of man to achieve their goals; these bombings have raised a whole host of ethical issues and concerns, which must be taken into consideration. There are many reasons why the actions taken by the United States and specifically President Truman to drop the A-Bomb on Hiroshima were absolutely unnecessary. On the other hand there is an abundant amount of so called “justifications” as to why it was so imperative for the U.S. to distinguish the lives of sixty six thousand civilians in the …show more content…
To add to their unpopularity was their mistreatment of U.S. prisoners of war which to say the least was horrifying, and their attempts to cover them up were proof that they knew they were doing wrong. But ask yourself, does this justify killing civilians? Although these acts by the Japanese are extremely barbaric; they were committed on military personnel in the context of war, not on unsuspecting civilians in the course of their everyday activities. Truman’s reason for the bombing was that he believed that the alternative to this was a ground assault on the Japanese mainland, but this would mean the death of many U.S. troops and could possibly end in failure. He claimed this was his way to end the war and spare the loss of U.S. military personnel. In doing so, he did achieve just that, but is this not the classic example of a Pyrrhic victory? There is concrete proof that Japan was ready to surrender and Truman had knowledge of this, weeks before his decision. It was understood by both, the Allies and Japan, that surrender was the only way out for the Japanese. Japan was ready to surrender by early 1945, (1.) and had begun feelers through the still-neutral Russians. (2.) Early on, the U.S. had intercepted and successfully decoded messages sent between Foreign Minister Togo and Sato, Japan’s Ambassador to Moscow. These messages clearly stated Japans, and specifically
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