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Would the US have kept dropping atomic bombs on Japan until they surrendered?

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2005-10-26 13:13:09
2005-10-26 13:13:09

Probably. Although the two used were the only ones immediately available, over the next year about a dozen (If I recall) would have been manufactured. Doubtless Truman would have used them all up. Assuming even that didn't bring the Japanese to surrender, conventional invasion would have ensued, probably before the end of 1945. Compared to the two atomic bombs, the devastation from a wholesale conventional invasion would have been much worse.

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Japan refused to surrender, because, it was against their national policy to surrender. Pres. Truman ordered the dropping of two atomic bombs and Japan surrendered. It was either two atomic bombs or invasion of Japan. Invasion of Japan would have made the war last another year, and killed a lot more people than the atomic bombs did.

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Some pros about dropping the atomic bombs on Japan was that the Allies wouldn't have to risk millions of lives during an invasion of Japan itself, a country that would never surrender.

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It was not right !! The reason AMERICA drop the ATOM BOMB in HIROSHIMA was to show the World their POWER !!!!! War In Europe had ended Germany Surrendered ! And Japan was the only country left fighting. It would have surrendered sooner. There was no need of US dropping that ATOM BOMB in JAPAN.

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The use of the atomic bomb is the foremost reason that Japan surrendered.

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it would prevent high casualties that would be caused by an invasion of mainland japan

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Japan refused to surrender. Japan did not believe in surrender, and hated people who did surrender instead of dying to the last person. Pres. Truman dropped two atomic bombs on Japan and Japan surrendered. It was either two atomic bombs or invasion of Japan. Invasion of Japan would mean that the war would last another year and kill a lot more people than the atomic bombs did. Japan surrendered after Nagasaki was bombed, not after Hiroshima. It was either the atomic bombs or invasion. Atomic bombs were the lesser of two evils.

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probably would have, but japan did NOT have the atomic bomb...........

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no they wouldnt, they were fighting till death and would of carried on and fought will the last man.

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If you mean the one that was dropped on Japan, Yes. Japan surrendered an hour before it was dropped but the message arrived too late. Would you care to cite a source or provide any documentation to support your statement that Japan had surrendered before the second atomic strike?

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It prevented a conventional invasion of Japan itself and the casualties that would have accompanied that invasion.

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If they hadn't used them, thousands of Allied soldiers would have died invading Japan.

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No...they would have suffered mass extinction. The US was prepared to drop three more atomic weapons on Japan if they had not surrendered when they did.

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They attacked Japan with the Atomic Bomb and then they told them that they had to surrender or they would drop another atomic bomb. The Japanese refused to surrender and they dropped another one. This killed more than 200,000 Japanese. Finally Japan had surrendered.

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yes. many have overlooked that fact that the Japanese sent a memorandum to the U.S with their terms of surrender (practically identical to what the United States required except for the surrender of the emperor). Since their terms were in writing and signed by high up government officials. Japan probably would of surrendered without the use of the atomic bomb or soviet interference. Also, since japan was the only remaining member on the allied side during this time period, they were taking a lot of firebombings. So another question is raised... why would japan surrender over one measly bomb dropping. Another firebombing in japan previously killed about a million japanese.

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Whew. Good one. Some would say 'yes', because it convinced the Japanese to surrender earlier than they would have. Had the Japanese held out and not surrendered until after a land invasion of Japan, hundreds of thousands of people would have died in the ensuing conflicts. The atomic bombs convinced the Japanese that they could be destroyed without requiring a land invasion.

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To save American lives by hastening the end of the War in the Pacific. The Japanese would never have surrendered easily, and an invasion of the islands of Japan would have yielded many casualties on both sides.Japan would execute American prisoners, if we invaded. The bomb would save American lives. Japan was preparing for a long defense of its homeland.The United States was attacked without notice.

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if the atomic bomb had been available in 1944 it would have been used on germany not japan. the first atomic bombs were not built until july 1945, after germany had already surrendered so they were used on japan. nuclear fission in a neutron chain reaction.

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