The Causes Of The Atomic Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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The Spring of 1944 called for a new kind of warfare on the fighting in the Pacific - firebombing. The U.S. Twentieth Air Force was created with the sole objective of bombing cities in Japan to end the war for good. General Curtis LeMay was the mastermind behind this plan, being ushered into command with his ingenious idea. Homes and factories will be burned to ashes, due to the fact that they were mostly made of wood and paper at the time. The destruction would crush the will of the Japanese to keep on fighting, and it did just that. However, the firebombings of these German and Japanese cities were a crime against humanity, and they were not acceptable war tactics due to the large amount of destruction it left behind, causing mass suffering …show more content…
250,000 people were killed in the bombings, most of the civilians and not military personnel, with no immediate impact on the front lines. Inflicted just 6 months after the firebombings, this would only cause outrage amongst public leaders and would enrage the general population, giving the Japanese government yet another story for propaganda against the Allied forces. The atomic and firebombings were not necessary, and they did not affect the war effort or decrease war production as much as other war tactics. The naval blockades had already created a shortage of oil and supplies which factories desperately needed, and therefore rendered these bombings to be useless. Factories that were burned down were already closed, and the workers killed had already lost their jobs. This mass destruction did not dampen the war effort on the front lines; it may have done just the opposite. Historian Dennis D. Wainstock says that, “the bombings were not only unnecessary, but were based on a vengeful policy that actually harmed American interests. It prolonged the war in both Europe and East Asia, and it helped to expand Soviet power in those …show more content…
President Truman, Commander in Chief of the United States Military in the final months of World War II, said, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki were chosen as targets because of their concentration of activities and population.” Under his command, the United States went ahead and dropped the atomic bombs. He later says, “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians." This remark is simply outrageous, and it is a preposterous response to cover up this inhumane and intentional mass killing of 250,000

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