WWII Was Justified

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“Was the US justified in dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII.” Discuss the benefits and costs that resulted.

The horrendous outcomes of World War I (1914 – 1919) truly terrified the whole world. Yet, followed by the war that supposedly ended all wars, the second war began (1939 – 1945). Lasting six years, with more than 60 million casualties, 6 times as many compared to the casualties in WWI. The deaths and the natures of war raises discussions of how cruel and inhumane war is, but it was the atomic bomb used to end WWII that remained controversial over the years. However, despite how many people have disagreed with the use of the nuclear weapon, it was absolutely necessary to end it. The US was reasonable for making
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On the other hand, many may argue about the damages that Japan had to endure, there were several other countries suffering because of the actions of the Japanese troops.

First of all, it is undoubtedly true that the use of “Little Boy” and “Fat Man was cruel, nonetheless, because of the use of the atomic bomb, many lives were saved. It is estimated that 199,000 civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki died as the result. Immediately looking at this number, people would assume that there was no way America would be given a justification. However, we need to consider the other plan that the American servicemen would be forced to undertake if the bombs were not used. The second choice was to make Japan surrender by actually invading the mainlands, which would have lengthened the the war and increased the death rate. Approximately, there would have been 1,200,000 casualties, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff in April, 1945. Even though soldiers are expected to fight and sacrifice themselves for the sake of their country, they too are humans, and their lives are not worth any less than the civilians. Additionally, 100, 000 Allied prisoners
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Initially, the US was not part of the Allied, it was neutral. Also, even though tension was rising between between these two nations, they still remain at peace. With that terrifying ambition that Japan had, it sparked a war it would forever regret on American territory. Aerial attacks caused numerous bullets and bombs to rain onto 20 battleships, and 300 airplanes, destroying them. The fuel leakage from the ships continued to raise concerns over the environment, which over the time, would cause damage to the shoreline of Hawaii and interfere with the US naval function. This was a long term effect the US had no chance to have a say to prevent it from happening. The most alarming fact, however, was that 2403 soldiers were killed, with 1178 wounded. It was a completely one sided attack, without a warning. So, if we compare this to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US gave Japan many chances for them to surrender, and informed them about the outcome if they were to refuse. So, overall, for those who argued that Japanese endured many hardships due to the bombs, it did not justify their actions at Pearl Habour because that eventually led to the US to resort to the last method and this proved the bomb use was

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