Was the US justified in dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?
No. Truman had given permission to use the bomb before the warning to surrender was given, so their answer didn't matter. Lives were sacrificied with a bomb that was not fully understood.
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The Japanese were very reluctant to surrender. A single previousbombing using conventional bombs had killed about half what theatomic bomb had approximately, yet that had not …deterred Japan inthe slightest. Of the few options presented, the atomic bombactually resulted in minimal deaths, and a quick and clear messageto the Japanese of the power that the US held.
Yes, absolutely. Then. A situation now would likely be very different though and would depend on circumstances that cannot be anticipated.
Answer . By the standards of today, it probably wasn't justified. By the standards of 1945, it almost certainly was. Bombing of civilian targets (like cities) had been for…bidden by treaty since well before World War II, but that restriction was routinely broken during the war. The Germans bombed British cities, the Americans and British bombed German cities, and the Americans bombed Japanese cities. Fire-bombing raids using incendiary bombs caused huge casualties in Tokyo and Dresden, almost as many as in the atomic bombings. So the atomic bomb was just a method of continuing the practice of bombing cities, but using only one plane instead of hundreds. Much of this city-bombing was driven by pre-war theories that an enemy could be terrorized into surrender through bombing, a theory which proved generally false.. Today, most military leaders are repulsed by the idea of attacking purely civilian targets (certainly American ones are). Aside from the moral issues, they know they will receive horrible press coverage which will ultimately damage their cause, as in Vietnam. There is also a great reluctance for using nuclear weapons due to the dangers of escalation, which wasn't a factor in the decision to use these weapons against Japan.
August 6th 1945.
August 6, 1945
No it was not justified they only real reason why it was dropped was because the US wanted show Russia it had the Bomb many high ranking military official in particular Genera…l MacArthur one of the highest if not the highest ranking soldier in the pacific theater even argued against the use of the bombing. Another reason it was not justified was the fact that the US Navy had already surrounded they island and were bombing the island with conventional weapons also even if they had ceased bombing campaigns and had just surrounded they island letting nothing in or out they still would have won the war because Japan is an Island and needs to import its goods so without resources it would have need to negotiated some sort of truce. Edit; Of course it WAS. The Japanese had repeatedly declared their intention to fight to the last man woman and child and had demonstrated their resolve in every battle for the previous four years. The devastating fire-bombing under the direction of le May had had no effect, despite the suffering of the Japanese people. This clearly indicates now, as it did then, that the decisions were out of the hands of the people and that those who were running the war from within Japan, had other intentions which they had been displaying so regularly in the previous 13 years in China, Manchuria, South East Asia and the Pacific. Macarthur's belated comments about the dropping of the bomb would, without a doubt, have been because it would take his achievements out of the spot-light. Let us not forget that it was Macarthurs intention to use Atomic weapons against the Chinese in North Korea that ushered in his final downfall.
It didn't need to, the bombs were dropped to end the war and to collapse Japan's means to make war ever again.
Shortly before the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, the United Stated showered the Japanese cities of Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and 33 other potential targets with over 5 mill…ion leaflets warning civilians of the impending attack. In Japanese, the back of the pictured leaflet read: "Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. We are determined to destroy all of the tools of the military clique which they are using to prolong this useless war. But, unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America's humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked but some or all of them will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately." An American-controlled radio station on Saipan was broadcasting a similar message to the Japanese people every 15 minutes. Five days after the fliers were distributed, Hiroshima was destroyed by the "Little Boy" atomic device. Following the first attack, the U.S. air force dropped even more leaflets: America asks that you take immediate heed of what we say on this leaflet. We are in possession of the most destructive explosive ever devised by man. A single one of our newly developed atomic bombs is actually the equivalent in explosive power to what 2000 of our giant B-29s can carry on a single mission. This awful fact is one for you to ponder and we solemnly assure you it is grimly accurate. We have just begun to use this weapon against your homeland. If you still have any doubt, make inquiry as to what happened to Hiroshima when just one atomic bomb fell on that city. Before using this bomb to destroy every resource of the military by which they are prolonging this useless war, we ask that you now petition the Emperor to end the war. Our president has outlined for you the thirteen consequences of an honorable surrender. We urge that you accept these consequences and begin the work of building a new, better and peace-loving Japan. You should take steps now to cease military resistance. Otherwise, we shall resolutely employ this bomb and all our other superior weapons to promptly and forcefully end the war.
President Harry Truman had many alternatives at his disposal for ending the war: invade the Japanese mainland, hold a demonstration of the destructive power of the atomic bomb… for Japanese dignitaries, drop an atomic bomb on selected industrial Japanese cities, bomb and blockade the islands, wait for Soviet entry into the war on August 15, or mediate a compromised peace. At the end of World War II, few questioned Truman's decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Most Americans accepted the obvious reasoning: the atomic bombings brought the war to a more timely end. They did not have a problem with over one hundred thousand of the enemy being killed. After all, the Japanese attacked America, and not the other way around. In later years, however, many have begun to question the conventional wisdom of "Truman was saving lives," putting forth theories of their own. However, when one examines the issue with great attention to the results of the atomic bombings and compares these results with possible alternatives to using said bombs, the line between truth and fiction begins to clear. Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan was for the purpose of saving lives and ending the war quickly in order to prevent a disastrous land invasion.
August 6, 1945
President Truman stated that he needed to end the war and to collapse Japan's means to make war ever again.
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Which was a major reason president Truman used to justify his decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in august 1945?
President Truman stated the he needed to end the war and to collapse Japan's means to make war ever again.
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Most people think so.
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They didn't have to. They were at war.
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What reason did president Truman use to justify his decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in august of 1945?
He stated the he needed to end the war and to destroy Japanese ability to make war ever again.