Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Japan

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In May of 1945, with Germany’s surrender, the Allied forces achieved victory in Europe. However, World War II was not over, and fighting continued against the Japanese in the Pacific. To finally end the war, United States president at the time, Harry Truman, made the decision to drop the newly invented Atomic Bomb on two navel bases in Japan: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Although this did lead to the end of the Second World War, President Truman’s decision has faced much controversy in subsequent years, mainly surrounding the morality of his actions. I believe that given the Japanese mindset and the fundamental nature of war, that the dropping of the atomic bomb was justified. For one, a huge part of Japanese society was based upon orderliness, self-sacrifice, discipline, and the warrior spirit. During World War II, these ideals, known as gaman, drove and empowered the Japanese military. However, this also caused them to adopt the mindset to never surrender or give up. As stated in the article Dropping the Bomb, “The only surrender acceptable to American leaders would be unconditional. The only surrender acceptable to the Japanese would include that they be allowed to keep their emperor.” Before dropping the atomic bomb, had the two countries attempted to agree upon surrender terms it would have been virtually impossible to reach an equally pleasing consensus. Also relayed in the article was that without the dropping of the atomic weapon, new evidence suggests the war would have continued for many more months. Despite the complete inability for the Japanese to make war, they would have kept fighting because of their belief in gaman. According to Sandra Nees, a foreign woman who spent time living in Japan, “This [gaman] is the psycho... ... middle of paper ... ...kelihood of the world engaging in atomic warfare slim to none because it would result in huge loss and destruction on both sides. Perhaps the world had to see the horrific effects of an atomic weapon in order to not use them again. In short, the Atomic Bombs killed thousands of people in Japan but it possibly saved many more and its ruthlessness was justified as simply another weapon to win a war. The final decision made by President Harry Truman to drop atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki lead to the end of the war less than a month later. While it is still a heavily scrutinized choice to this day, I fully and completely believe that it was a justified act of war. The strong held beliefs held by others can only be changed through action, and it is ludicrous to try and find virtue and morals when surrounded by corruption, wickedness, and destruction.
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