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On August 6 1945 a B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb little boy on Hiroshima Japan Hiroshima had been almost eradicated with an estimated 70-80000 people killed Three days later a second more powerful bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki killing over 100000 people Since Japan was economically and militarily devastated by the late summer of 1945 the use of the atomic bombs on an already overcome Japan was unnecessary and unwarranted in bringing about a conclusion to the war in the Pacific By the end of the war the US forces had pushed the Japanese far back into their country leaving them no access to any resources from the Indies Japanese cities and factories were being endlessly bombarded by American bombers Louis Morton an author on the situation felt that since The Pacific Fleet had driven the Imperial Navy from the ocean and planes of the fast carrier forces were striking Japanese naval bases in the Inland Sea Clearly Japan was a defeated nation1 The decision to use the atomic bomb was validated by the US who said that the force was necessary to end the war which in turn would save lives of both American and Japanese soldiers However many believe that since Japan was already of the verge of surrender when the bombs were dropped this argument cannot be morally validated If Japan was almost beaten by August 1945 many say that the reason the US dropped the bomb was simply to test it on living humans Aside from the ground test in the New Mexico desert no one knew what destruction atomic weapons were capable of Throughout the war the city of Hiroshima had been left virtually untouched by US attacks It is inferable then that the United States government hoped to see the full effect of nuclear power by detonating the atomic bomb on this locality as they could
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