On August 6, 1945 The United States Revolutionized Warfare

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On August 6, 1945 the United States revolutionized warfare by dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. President Truman jotted down in his diary, “We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark” (Sadao 103). There has been much controversy regarding this brutal attack on the Japanese, which according to the American Historian, John A. Garraty, it is known to be “the most controversial decision of the entire war” (Walker 324). Many have confused their memory of World War history, and are unsure what is a myth and what is a fact (Sherwin 1091). The United States was justified by dropping the atomic bomb on…show more content…
The atomic bomb was uniquely crafted and extremely different than any other bomb, which meant there was a great amount of pressure from scientists and others to use the bomb (Suzuki 88). With that in mind, Truman needed to explain why two billion dollars had been invested in material and skill for this project, also known as the “Manhattan Project” (Sadao 108). In a 1958 television interview Edward R. Murrow questioned Truman if he had any regrets and Truman responded by stating, “to have a weapon to win the war and not use it would be ‘foolish’” (Sadao 102; Sherwin 1085). This war was the perfect incentive to use these new weapons created by the tactics of urban bombing (Sherwin 1085). Following its creation, the atomic bomb was used to end the war quickly because the Japanese resolutely refused to surrender (Suzuki 88). In August 1983 the well-known Japanologist and former ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer created a furor in Japan by writing in the Boston Globe that but for the bomb the Japanese would have “fought on to extinction.” This means that the bomb not only saved millions of lives but also preserved Japan “as a nation”(Sadao 100). The Japanese had already suffered greatly from air bombardments and naval blockades as well as their armed forces were deprived, but the Japanese were still far from surrender (Morton 342). It was necessary for the U.S. to drop the atomic bombs, because even
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