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On August 6th, 1945, innocent citizens of the Japanese city Hiroshima were brutally murdered and injured. Without any warning whatsoever, atomic bombs were dropped onto the city. It was not long before bombs were also dropped on Nagasaki, another Japanese city. Though it took many years, Japan had finally recovered, recuperating with the after-effects of World War II. Since this incident, debates on whether or not the bombing was necessary. Was it really necessary in order to stop the war from progressing further? There are two possible stances that one could take on this question. At the time, with the recent attack on Pearl Harbor, America had its reason to release an attack on Japan. However, I believe that the bombing of Hiroshima was not justified.
What was one of the reasons why the bombing occurred? For one, the US would be able to end the war quickly, and show the Soviets the potential of destructive force and power the US had. However, they had no justification for dropping the bombs on civilian cities. Many accounts have been made telling how the atom bomb works. In John Hersey’s Hiroshima, for the first time, accounts tell what they do. The creation of the atom bomb was no joking matter, and scientific discoveries come with a tremendous deal of responsibility and power. This can be power to accomplish great things, or as seen during the bombing, power to cause horrific death and destruction.
Japan was ready to surrender before Hiroshima until America decided to drop the bombs to impress the Russians . Although President Truman, gave Japan a chance to surrender, they declined so he proceeded with the plan to drop the bomb called "Little Boy." His reasoning for destroying the cities was selfish on his part, saying that ...

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...people never really knew what happened during the incident, Hersey was sent to interview Japanese survivors. What if the US had a sent a preliminary warning to Japan? If that had happened, they could have avoided the attack and saved thousands of lives, and Japan would have surrendered anyways. Obviously, if the bombings weren't necessary to win the war, then bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki was wrong. War is fought by soldiers and not by killing innocent civilians. Even if the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was to pressure Japan to surrender, there was no need to drop a second one on Nagasaki.
The dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 by the Americans is a very controversial issue with no definite answer. Both sides of the issue have very justifiable arguments, but it is certain that the atomic bomb wasn’t a good answer for the ending of the war.
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