Essay on The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

937 Words Nov 7th, 2016 4 Pages
The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Abhorrent but Necessary
On August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima, Japan went up in smoke when “Little Boy,” an atomic bomb developed in the secretive Manhattan Project, was dropped. Three days later, the atomic bomb dubbed “Fat Man” obliterated another Japanese city, Nagasaki. The bombing itself and its effect on survivors’ health was devastating, and President Truman’s decision to drop the bombs remains highly controversial 71 years later. In fact, Naji Dahi, Ph.D., insists that the bombings were unnecessary, unjustified, and ineffective. However, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki provided a quick and decisive end to World War II, encouraged an unconditional Japanese surrender, and saved millions of lives.
Dr. Dahi cites several notable military figures who concluded that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unnecessary to end war efforts. For example, General Douglas MacArthur claimed that “the war might ‘end sooner than some think,’” and “the Japanese were ‘already beaten’” (Dahi). General MacArthur’s claims appear to be misled, as there is significant evidence that supports an unyielding war effort. Allied troops were being transported to the Pacific from North America and Europe for an impending Japanese invasion, and intense fighting was still raging in places like Manila, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. The Japanese were unrelenting; to wit, Japan had a military consisting of about five million men in its possession, all…

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