Atomic Weapons Against Japanese Cities Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

1454 Words Nov 28th, 2016 6 Pages
According to Fr. Wilson Miscamble, professor of History at Notre Dame University, “President Harry S. Truman’s decision to use atomic weapons against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki proved to be one of the most controversial decisions in American History.” Fr. Miscamble further claims, “As the years have passed, the controversy has only intensified. More and more people—both in America and abroad—have condemned both President Truman and America for that decision.” Fr. Miscamble concludes that the dropping of the bombs was justified (PragerUniversity). Unquestionably, a careful consideration of history will show that the United States was justified in using atomic weapons on Japan on August 6, 1945, and again on August 9, 1945. The first reason that the United States was justified in using the atomic bombs is that the bombs saved hundreds of thousands of American and Japanese lives. According to a study done by the Joint War Plan Committee, there would have been up to four million American casualties and five to ten million Japanese fatalities if the United States had not dropped the bombs on Japan (MacEachin). Before the bombs were used, 416,800 American soldiers had lost their lives in the war from 1941 to 1945, and the battle would have continued until at least the spring of 1946 (“By the Numbers”; Barnes 1). Furthermore, Japanese Field Marshall Hisaichi Terauchi threatened to execute 100,000 Allied prisoners of war if the United States followed through…

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