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Hiroshima

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The United States was right for bombing Hiroshima because it saved American lives and ended the war. Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan on December 7, 1941. On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb to be used in a military operation was used by the United States. The plane the United States used to drop these bombs was named Enola Gay. President Truman made this decision to use atomic weapons. The United States found that the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki housed many Japanese soldiers. The United States dropped the first atomic bomb called Little Boy on Hiroshima, Japan. Hiroshima wasn’t as full of soldiers as they expected. There were six civilians for every soldier. The explosion killed 140,000 people and another 60,000 died later from the effects of the bomb. On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the second atomic bomb, Fat Man, on Nagasaki, Japan. The explosion killed 70,000 people and another 140,000 later died. On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States. In my opinion, that isn’t a reason to keep fighting when you shouldn’t. They received a warning about being bombed by the United States, so they could have surrendered then. The United States figured that an invasion of Japan would cause one million casualties, so they bombed Japan to save lives. There were already 3,500 kamikaze attacks on the United States. taking American lives. This bombing has essentially brought an end to WWII. “Do not work primarily for money; do your duty to patients first and let the money follow; our life is short, we don’t live twice; the whirlwind will pick up the leaves and spin them, but then it will drop them and they will form a pile” (Hersey 139). I think that this could mean something for Japan. If this was such a gr... ... middle of paper ... ... The United States bombed Japan to end the war. They also did it to save one million American casualties by avoiding another raid into Japan. The United States warned Japan that they were going to bomb them, but Japan didn’t want to surrender. There were already over 3,500 kamikaze attacks on the United States by Japan, taking many American lives. The bombing did essentially bring an end to WWII. On the other hand, these bombings did kill many Japanese civilians. I do feel sympathy for the civilians that were killed. It also could have been the start of the Cold War. However, the United States made the right decision in the sense that they saved more American lives. Works Cited Citations Hersey, John. Hiroshima: John Hersey. New York: Spark Pub., 2002. Print. "The Decision to Drop the Bomb." Ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014.
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