Essay on The Atomic Bombings Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

2015 Words Mar 1st, 2016 9 Pages
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not nearly as black and white and some people make them out to be. In war, who is to decide who the good guys and the bad guys are? There were so many factors ands risks that President Truman had to weigh in when making this crucial decision. In the end, he decided that it would be most beneficial to his country to bomb two military and industrial centers in Japan. President Truman 's decision to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justifiable because the United States was forced to respond to the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the alternative of invading Japan would have resulted in higher death tolls from both sides, the use of brutal force such as an atomic bomb was the only way Japan was going to learn from its own brutality, and the bombs helped to end the ongoing war. Pearl Harbor, a devastating attack on not only the American Navy but also American citizens, called for a response by the Americans. In this disastrous attack, the Japanese were able to destroy twenty American ships and two hundred American airplanes. The attacks resulted in about three thousand dead or wounded American soldiers. The attacks on Pearl Harbor awoke the sleeping giant that is the United States ("Pearl Harbor"). Understanding the great pride the United States has held over its long history, it would have been unthinkable to not retaliate to these attacks in some way. After all, the United States and Japan were in the middle of a war…

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