America's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan

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America's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan They are several reasons why America dropped the atomic bomb on Japan Hiroshima. Some are more important than others. 130,000 citizens died in that incident mainly children and workers because the bombed was dropped at approximately 8.16am in the morning. The reasons for America to drop the bomb were, America thought that Japan wanted world domination like Hitler did before he died, too save American lives, test the bomb because they had spent so much money on it, too gain power, to get revenge on Japan for attacking Pearl Harbour where 2,000 people were killed and America wanted revenge for P.O.W treatment of Okinawa and very vicious battle. The reasons can mostly be categorised as political, ideological international, technological and personal. Some of the reasons are long term i.e Pearl Harbour and some are short term i.e money but all can be linked to the final decision that America took on August 6th 1945 to drop the first atomic bomb. There were several political or ideological reasons for dropping the bomb I believe these reasons are appropriate. Firstly Truman wanted to be re-elected as priminster with the election fast coming up soon he would have wanted to make a good impression to his public to gain their votes, he made a speech saying ‘we have won’. Secondly To gain his public votes he may have attacked Japan to show his power to his public and too make them feel they have a leader who is in control and that will make America ‘big’. Thirdly Capitalist and it’s conflict against Communism. The American government wanted to put a stop to the spreading of communist b... ... middle of paper ... ... power. All the reasons played their unique part in the dropping of the bomb. However there were key factors in the dropping of the bomb, firstly was to scare them off and stop the spreading of communism. Secondly was to get even with Japan for them attacking Pearl Harbour. Thirdly was bad attitude towards P.O.W. There were consequences to the dropping of the bomb, some were babies were being born with physical defects. The next few years following the bombs being dropped, people were still dieing of radiation sickness and cancer, Innocent civilians were killed or were dying. People may question if dropping the bomb on Japan was needed to defeat them. In my opinion I think they had all authority to attack back because they were attacked by Japan and would have felt provoked with Japan testing their power.

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