Seventy years ago this week, the united states ushered in the age of nuclear terror by dropping atomic bombs on the japanese cities of hiroshima and japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because i thought that our country should avoid. President truman himself seems to have been surprised by the rapidity with which the second bomb was dropped, issuing an order to halt further atomic bombing so by pushing back the time schedule, the us could have still had at least as many nuclear weapons to use against military targets should the. When the japanese bombed pearl harbor were they concerned about how many lives they took we should have dropped eighteen bombs as far as i'm concerned the japanese should have stayed out of it if they didn't want bombs dropped the end of the war was good news to us we knew we were going home soon. More than 200000 civilians were killed by the two atomic bombs “dropping the bombs was the right thing to do” this is the official view of the us however.
The bomb was dropped, they say, to save the lives of thousands of americans who would otherwise have been killed in an invasion of the home islands given that us intelligence advised the war would likely end if japan were given assurances regarding the emperor—and given that the us military. In this respect, hiroshima and nagasaki may have been the first shots of the cold war as well as the final shots of world war ii regardless, the united states remains the only nation in the world to have used a nuclear weapon on another nation truman stated that his decision to drop the bomb was purely military. Russian armies were occupying most of eastern europe truman and many of his advisers hoped that the us atomic monopoly might offer diplomatic leverage with the soviets in this fashion, the dropping of the atomic bomb on japan can be seen as the first shot of the cold war if us officials truly believed that they could. Should the united states have used the atomic bomb against the japanese during wwii after more than 50 years this question the question of whether the dropping of the atomic bomb on japan was the right thing to do is still one of the most highly debated topics among americans an initial discussion might focus on.
The bomb was dropped to force a quick japanese surrender american commanders said it would save money and the lives of american servicemen and japanese soldiers and civilians too they said that to continue the war for weeks or months with conventional bombing and a us land invasion could have caused. America's use of atomic bombs to attack the japanese cities of hiroshima and nagasaki in august 1945 has long remained one of the most controversial decisions of the second world war here, a group of historians offer their views on whether us president truman was right to authorise these nuclear attacks. America had not been the aggressor, nor really had any attacks on us soil—the attack on pearl harbor an exception this surprise attack on a military base would launch the country into a total war with japan the two countries would go on to wage war for almost 4 years before it came to an end with the dropping of two.
We may debate the morality of the choice, but history can show why american officials would have thought the bomb was necessary. In 1950, harry truman had to decide whether to use b-29s to drop atomic bombs coming at the end of a long war, those mid-august 1945 missions should have been a curtain call for the world's preeminent heavy bomber back in the united states, mothballed b-29s were refurbished and aircrews recalled initially at. The us decision to drop the atomic bombs on nagasaki and hiroshima in 1945 can be argued to have been made on the gamble that the japan would have in all present and future dealings on any nuclear issues, the morality behind this historical event on the atomic bomb should always be given first. Instead they simply said, 'mr president, you should know that you are shortly likely to find yourself in control of the most effective and powerful weapons the world has ever seen, and we will have these ready to drop in august' it wasn't so easy to see these great moral issues with the clarity that we can see what everybody.
This month marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki and with each passing year the historical record is ever clearer that dropping the a-bombs was unnecessary, repugnant and very likely a war crime the bombings probably killed more than 200000 japanese. State your opinion on whether you feel that the us should have dropped the atomic bomb and the effects it had on the world. The atomic bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki were nuclear attacks at the end of world war ii against the empire of japan by the united states at the japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because i thought that our country should avoid. Mehdi hasan asks if the us needed to drop the atomic bombs as barack obama becomes the first sitting us president to visit hiroshima, should the united states apologise for dropping the atomic bombs on japan has the world failed to learn any lessons from the 1945 us atomic strikes on japan.
Wwii was over and japan should have quickly agreed to unconditional surrender one bomb, dropped over a military target, would have been ample inducement japan has responded nobly to post wwii peace agreements and made good use of the marshall plan they developed a world class technological society. For most of my adult life, i have believed that a reasonable man would have done what truman did, and decided to drop the bomb on hiroshima but this is a dialog taking place the estimate that the invasion of japan would have cost us a million casualties is ludicrous and not based on anything the studies done at the. Activity: the line of inquiry for this lesson is “should the united states have dropped the bombs on hiroshima and nagasaki, and was their use justified” day one: • have students look at the political cartoons and other images included in this lesson plan (p10), and write their thoughts and the answer to the above question.
Every summer, as the anniversaries of the us nuclear strikes on hiroshima and nagasaki approach, americans engage in the painful moral exercise of wondering whether president harry truman should have ordered the use of nuclear weapons (or as they were called at the time, the “special bombs”. It is easy now, after the event, to look back and say that japan was already a beaten nation, and to ask what therefore was the justification for the use of the atomic bomb to kill so many thousands of helpless japanese in this inhuman way furthermore, should we not better have kept it to ourselves as a secret weapon for.
On august 9 the united states dropped another atomic bomb on nagasaki, instantly killing approximately 40,000 people after that, japanese supporters of peace were able to enlist hirohito to order a surrender in addition to those killed instantly, many died over the next year of severe burns and radiation sickness. Since the japanese instead purposely bombed pearl harbor filled with neutral citizens instead of enemy combatants, there is no good reason why the japanese should be intimidated by two of the only available atomic bombs on non- populated areas hell, the japanese immediately knew of the atomic bomb when. To that counter-argument, bomb opponents reply that since america presents itself to the world as a model for human rights, the us should aspire to at least meet the basic code of conduct agreed to by the rest of the civilized world they also point out that nuclear weapons were not specifically outlawed because they did.