The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki The United States was completely unjustified in dropping the atomic bomb because it was used so we could have a sense of “power” over the rest of the world. President Harry Truman had paid no heed to his prior statements as to the intended use of the bomb; and not only had it violated the Hague Convention, but it also caused lifelong repercussions for Japan’s land and people. The United States, nearly 70 years later, has yet to apologize to the victims or their families or pay compensation for Japan’s tragic loss; and the United States has not acknowledged that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were carried out in transgression of international law. Section 2, Chapter 1, Article 25 of the Hague…show more content…
He and I are in accord. The target will be a purely military one and we will issue a warning statement asking the Japs to surrender and save lives. I'm sure they will not do that, but we will have given them the chance. It is certainly a good thing for the world that Hitler's crowd or Stalin's did not discover this atomic bomb. It seems to be the most terrible thing ever discovered…” (United States, National Archives and Records Administration) Although President Truman stated that the United States would issue a warning statement, they did no such thing. Only after the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, did the United States admit that they were going to drop another one only two days later. The Truman administration may have felt pressure due to the fact that the atomic bombs had cost $2 billion to develop (Jefferies) so if they did not utilize them within a certain amount of time, then the people may have felt like their money was wasted or that the United States had some ulterior motive for the usage of the bomb. However, even if the Truman administration was receiving public ridicule for spending billions of dollars, the deaths of thousands and thousands of innocent people in no way makes up for it. Not only had the bomb killed 100,000 in Hiroshima in the first ten seconds (Batten) and roughly 37,000 in Nagasaki, but it killed even more
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