Essay about The Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima And Nagasaki

2462 Words Mar 14th, 2016 10 Pages
Two billion dollars, two days and hundreds of thousands of casualties. The American decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was and remains one of the most complex and challenging ethical and moral dilemmas. May 8th, 1945 marked German surrender and Victory in Europe day and in the Summer of 1945 Japan was clearly doomed for defeat. Despite this, the battle with Japan showed no clear exit. In an attempt to beat Germany, the United States conducted the Manhattan Project, an attempt to build an atomic bomb before the Germans. The project was completed in the summer of 1945 at the price of over two billion dollars, yet Germany was already defeated. Japan however, was not. On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, and three days later, over Nagasaki, Japan. The Japanese surrender would come 6 days later. Since then, the purpose and need for the atomic bomb has been contested, with some historians claiming it was necessary to force the surrender of Japan, and others arguing that Japan was already a defeated product, and rather the atomic bomb was dropped to intimidate the communist Soviet Union. Indeed, the United States wanted to assert their dominance over the Soviets, however this decision was not a direct product from that train of thought. The United States’ decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima was a military ploy which came with the with the additional political bonus of intimidating the Soviet Union.…

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