Dropping the Atomic Bomb

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On the early morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese without any formal warning attacked Pearl Harbor. It was an American port in the Pacific, which sheltered most of America’s pacific naval power. The Japanese had an idea that a war could be won by attacking the enemy before actually declaring war. Many unsuspecting military personnel and their families were killed on that morning. The name Pearl Harbor is a name for “Japanese quilt and shame” (“Hiroshima 1945” 3). To redeem itself on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM, America dropped “a bomb called ‘Little Boy’ weighing more than four metric tons” (Engelhardt 76) on Hiroshima, Japan, causing mass destruction. The names Hiroshima and Nagasaki are names for “American guilt and shame” (“Hiroshima 1945” 3), but for good reasons. The Japanese were being “’repaid many fold’” for attacking “without warning at Pearl Harbor…[for starving]…[beating] and [executing] American prisoner of war” Truman said (“Hiroshima: Harry Truman”). People often look to the “ashes of Hiroshima and Nagaskai” (Engelhardt 75) to find the answer to why the bomb was dropped, but “the real answers lay in thousands of graves from Pearl Harbor to Normandy and ba Continue...


The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima not only saved countless Japanese and American lives, but it also brought the war to a rapid finish. The United States had to be the first to develop the bomb because they are the peace-loving country. After "Little Boy was dropped and Japan did not surrender, a second site had already been chosen, which was Nagasaki. Only in this way could a "policy of intimidation of the Soviet Union be successful (Kagan 17). This didn't happen, and the people ignored warning when they saw only "two planes coming ("Hiroshima 383). The Kamikazes were taking one Japanese life for eleven Americans lives. Not only did the atomic bomb end the war more quickly, bit it also saved countless American and Japanese lives. If the United States did not build the atomic bomb, then the Germans would have beaten them to the punch. How would the American people have reacted if Americans had suffered "catastrophic losses in an attack on Japan, and eventually learned that the U. A large amount of money and energy went into the manufacturing of the atomic bomb or A-bomb. President Truman was face with a tough decision: should or should not the atomic bomb be dropped over Hiroshima Yes, the bomb should have been dropped. Also, a concern that the Japanese might move "prisoners of war into the designated target area. Throughout World War II, the Japanese forces were highly disciplined, and fought with "fanatical bravery and skill ("Hiroshima 381). On the night of March 9-10, American aircraft struck Tokyo with incendiary bombs and napalm containers.