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The Atomic Bombs On Hiroshima And Nagasaki: Were They Necessary?

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The Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Were They Necessary?
Controversy. Controversy. Controversy. If anything came out of the decision to drop the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, it was controversy. The resolution, authorized by President Truman towards the end of World War II, appears to have been a desperate and necessary attempt to end the war. Though there are numerous debates, both political and moral, that argue otherwise.
After years of fighting everyone was looking for an end to the war. But did the atomic bombs take it too far? Were they necessary? Although President Truman says he “regarded the bomb as a military weapon and never doubted it should be ...view middle of the document...

” Their return home signifies the destruction of the homes of others. After the bombs dropped Hiroshima has been described as “a burned over prairie” when before it was a city. A civilian illustrated the scene in his journal, “Those who could fled; those who could not perished. Hiroshima was no longer a city… everything was flattened. The distant mountains seemed nearer than I could ever remember. How small Hiroshima was with its houses gone.”
Michihiko Hachiya, the civilian, was right. The effects of the bomb were devastating. People were left with no money, no food, and no shelter. Many were killed and some were injured. Radiation poisoned the air and water, an effect that still manages to cause some problems today. Which again brings about the question, was this necessary?
As there were political arguments, there were also moral arguments. A writer for Tokyo’s Nippon Times described the dropping of the bombs as an act of nihilism. The individual believes that when the U.S. struck the two cities with the nuclear weapons they lost their morals, principles, and values. The writer states, “This is a crime against God and humanity which strikes at the very basis of moral existence. What meaning is there in any international law, in any rule of human conduct, in any concept of right and wrong if the very foundations of morality are to be overthrown as the use of this instrument of total destruction has threatened to do?” Not only was Japan finding America immoral, but even...

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