Reasons For The Dropping Of The Atomic Bomb

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On August 16, 1945 the United States dropped one of the most devastating bombs at Hiroshima: The Atomic Bomb. A few days later, another one was dropped in Nagasaki. As a consequence of its formidable power, the bomb can kill tens of thousands of people. Many who oppose call it unnecessary and inhumane. The results were horrific, but it was what America had to do for it’s country. The dropping of the atomic bomb was justified as a threat to the USSR and it’s expansion in the East.
A prime reason Americans wanted to threaten the USSR was due to Communism. Communism is a system in which businesses are owned by the state. Also, communism demolishes social classes, equally distributing wealth. At the time, the Soviet Union was under communist rule.
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By August 1945, relations between the Soviet Union and the United States had deteriorated badly. The Potsdam Conference between U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Russian leader Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill (before being replaced by Clement Attlee) ended just four days before the bombing of Hiroshima. The meeting was marked by recriminations and suspicion between the Americans and Soviets. Russian armies were occupying most of Eastern Europe. Truman and many of his advisers hoped that the U.S. atomic monopoly might offer diplomatic leverage with the Soviets. In this fashion, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan can be seen as the first shot of the Cold War. (The Real Reason)
With a conflicting relationship between the two countries, America used this as a sign of atomic diplomacy. In other words, using this bomb would give America a chance to achieve their goal against the Soviets. Office of the Historian states, “Truman did not threaten Stalin with the bomb, recognizing instead that its existence alone would limit Soviet options and be considered a threat to Soviet security” (Atomic Diplomacy). Although the President did not directly threaten Stalin, just the fact that America had no problem using the bomb would scare the
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