The United States ' Moral And Ethical Decision Essay

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The first bomb, dropped on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, resulted in a death toll of around 135,000. The second, which hit Nagasaki three days later on August 9, killed at least 50,000 people according to some estimates, as many as 74,000 died. Whether the United States made a moral and ethical decision is still an ongoing debate. President Truman was faced with a difficult choice. The US was, like the rest of the world, soldiering on towards the end of a dark period of human history that had seen the single most costly conflict (in terms of life) in history, and they chose to adopt a stance that seemed to limit the amount of casualties in the war, by significantly shortening it with the use of atomic weapons. It was certainly a reasonable view for the USA to take, since they had suffered the loss of more than thousands of lives, both military and civilian. To the top rank of the US military the death toll was worth it to prevent the “many thousands of American troops that would have been killed in invading Japan”, a view attributed to the president himself. This was a grave consequence taken seriously by the US. Ordering the deployment of the atomic bombs was an abhorrent act. The USA was more interested in a quick and easy end to the war. They had in their hands a weapon that was capable of bringing the war to a swift end, and so they used it. Though little was known about radiation and its effects on humans, Truman still allowed the bomb to be dropped on the…

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