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There has been a long standing debate on why the atomic bomb was used todefeatJapan The threat of Russian advancement in Europe and in Asia was enoughto worry the top officials in the United States and British governmentsWherever the Russians moved through they took for themselves The imminentinvasion of mainland Japan and the allied casualties that came with it werealso a factor in the decision to drop the bomb as said in document A Thedropping of the bomb was not entirely used to stop the Russian advancementIf the allied forces had invaded mainland Japan many lives on both sideswould have been lost Most probably more than were lost in the bombing ofHiroshima and Nagasaki put together The tactics that the allies had usedup to this point had cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides Thiswas when the Japanese only had maybe two or three thousand men on an islandwhereas on the mainland millions of people who would fight until their deathto protect their country Can you imagine if the Americans invaded mainlandJapan where they had not only soldiers to fight against but the citizensof Japan loyal to Hirohito Massive destruction immense loss of life andprolonging of the war until late 1946 as stated in document A would resultfrom invading on foot instead of using the bomb Revenge also played a role in the decision to bomb Japan The Japanese werenot following the Geneva convention in regards to treatment of prisonersof war Which says that the prisoners are not to be put through torture ofthe psychological or physical nature The Japanese did these thingsanyway they would decapitate American prisoners or they would shove bambooshoots under their fingernails The American government also wanted revengefor the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor No warning was given by the Japaneseto the Americans and no war was declared until after the incident The Russian territorial expansion definitely played a factor in the droppingthe bomb on Japan The Soviet Union
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