Persuasive Essay On Dropping The Atomic Bomb

Decades after the atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Americans still question whether it was a good idea to drop them. One of the reasons the bombs should have been dropped is the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The United States and Japan were at peace until Japan bombed a military base in Hawaii and afterward, president Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan. In his well-known infamy speech, FDR stated, “I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.” America and its people saw the bombing as an act of war and in return, they declared war. In the same speech, …show more content…
Eighty thousand citizens lost their lives immediately after the bomb hit Hiroshima. In the article, “Harry S Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb”, an eyewitness described what it was like when the bomb struck. The witness described people with “raw skin hanging in flaps around their hips” and “women without jaws screamed incoherently for help”. Innocent women and children paid the ultimate price for the attack made by Japan. Not only did hundreds die immediately after the blast but another 60,000 died by the end of the year. The cost and harsh aftermath of bombs are the second reason why the bombs should not have been dropped. Even though the bombs were a great achievement for America, the result of the bombs was seen as a harsh punishment. A quote from the same article says, “but that experience, looking down and finding nothing left of Hiroshima. Hiroshima didn’t exist.” The result of the atomic killed on a massive scale destroyed the city along with its people. As if the first bomb was not bad enough, another bomb was dropped on another Japanese city. The development of the atomic bombs cost America billions of dollars. Many thought there were could have been different ways to get back at Japan other than spending …show more content…
In my opinion, United States were right on dropping the bombs. Although hundreds of innocent Japanese lives were lost, millions of American and Japanese lives could have been killed. An article on www.militarythistorynow.com before the decision to drop the bombs, there was Operation Downfall. Operation Downfall was the mission where US soldier would storm onto Japanese homeland but never happened. The article states, “Had the invasion not been preempted by the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, almost all agree that the campaign would have stood as the bloodiest chapter of the Second World War, adding as much as an additional 10 million dead”. Soldiers were prepared to go into the mission, but if they had millions would be dead. Dropping the atomic bombs was a good decision to save millions of Japanese and American troops. The reason for dropping the bombs can because of the many American lives that were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a nation, America felt the right way to get back at Japan was to bomb them back but on a more massive scale. In his infamy speech, FDR says, “I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.” The attack killed military and military families and FDR claimed that America

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