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On August 6 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima The Enola Gay piloted by Colonel Tibbetts was chosen to make the mission The mission was recorded as successful by Capt William S Parson at 920 AM This was an extremely controversial military strategy in the United States Was the United States justified in the dropping of the atomic bomb Yes they were justified formany reasons The primary reason was that it would stop the war Why is it that this war needed to be stopped so badly Even though in some ways it was helping our economy it was very costly in both money and lives Also the United States soldiers were undergoing harsh treatment by the unmerciful Japanese Another reason the war needed to be stopped was to defend ourselves from another attack on US soil which in turn would kill many of our US citizens This is why the war needed to be stopped thus justifying the use of the atomic bomb World War II was the costliest war in history in terms of lives lost No exact figures exist but approximately between 15 and 20 million military personnel were killed Of these 292000 were Americans and 6000 innocent United States citizens were murdered by our enemies It has been estimated that if the United States had not dropped the bomb and had invaded Japan instead the United States would have lost about a million soldiers The Japanese suicidal fighting strategies greatly effected this number The Japanese would rather die than surrender This is demonstrated by the battle of Saipan At this battle over half of the population of Saipan walked off a cliff instead of surrendering to the United States This was often very effective Many times when a Japanese soldier decided to blow himself up instead of surrendering he would kill many Americans with the same blast Also the kamikaze techniques of the Japanese fighters
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