Was the United States justified in dropping the atomic bomb on Japan?
On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first country to ever use the atomic bomb in warfare. On this day, the first of the two atomic bombs were dropped. The first was known as "Little Boy" and was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. The second was known as "Fat Man" and was dropped three days later on Nagasaki. The two bombs teamed together in taking over 100.000 lives instantly and many more thousands from the after affect of radiation.
The atomic bomb was created in the south western desert of the United States under top secret conditions. The Manhattan Project was operated by Dr. Robert Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer was a German Jew that had previously fled from the Nazi party. For many years, the Germans and Americans were in a race to complete the bomb first. It was considered a spectacular success when on July 16, 1945 in the New Mexico desert, the first atomic bomb was detonated in a test run.
The United States did not hesitate in using the atomic bomb on Japan, but were the Americans justified in their use of the first atomic bomb? Harry Truman seemed to think so as the leader of the United States at that time. He publicly stated his list of five reasons as to why the United States needed to use the bomb. His first reason was that the atomic bomb would end the war successfully at the earliest possible moment. Second, he wanted to justify the effort and expense of even building and having possession of the atomic bombs. Truman also wanted to offer hope of achieving diplomatic gains in the growing rivalry with the Soviet Union Additionally, he knew the United States had much hatred towards the Japanese and most everyone wanted vengeance against them after what happened at Pearl Harbor, where the Japanese executed a surprise attack on the United States military base. To sum up his five reasons, Truman simply saw that there was a lack of incentives... Continues...