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Humanities On December 7 1941 the Japanese Navy willfully and deliberately attacked Pearl Harbor and the Pacific War began On August 6 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima and marked the beginning of the end of the Pacific War Ever since the end of the Pacific War many people have asked the question Should the United States have used the atomic bomb The use of the atomic bomb was the most plausible alternative forced upon us by the Japanese One alternative to the use of the atomic bomb would be a full-scale invasion of the Japanese main islands which would cost more lives than we as a nation were willing to spend Noble Although there have been arguments that this option would have worked and with little casualties Some Americans and Japanese contend that the army of Japan was on its last legs That maybe true but the fact that the army would no longer fight was false The Japanese soldiers were fanatical and to them the greatest honor was to die for Japan This is evident in Japanese naval warfare Kamikazes became a formidable threat in the last days of the naval war in the Pacific showing the Japanese soldiers will to die for their countrys cause There are also stories of Japanese soldiers blowing themselves up along with American soldiers instead becoming a prisoner The word surrender was a four-letter word to the Japanese soldiers and a full-scale invasion most likely would not change those beliefs The notion that the Japanese civilians would quickly call for surrender if an invasion were implemented also might be incorrect Much of the Japanese population was of the belief that surrender was not an option and there was much honor at stake During the battle of Saipan over half the population walked off a cliff instead of surrendering to the United States If an invasion of the main lands had
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