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Why the United States dropped the Atomic Bomb Persuasive Essay The atomic bomb is the subject of much controversy Since its first detonation in 1945 the entire world has heard the aftershocks of that blast Issues concerning Nuclear Weapons sparked the Cold War We also have the atomic bomb to thank for our relative peace in this time due to the fear of Mutually Assured Destruction MAD The effects of the atomic bomb might not have been the exact effects that the United States was looking for when they dropped Little Boy and Fat Man on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively Grant 1998 The original desire of the United States government when they dropped Little Boy and Fat Man on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not in fact the one more commonly known that the two nuclear devices dropped upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki were detonated with the intention of bringing an end to the war with Japan but instead to intimidate the Soviet Union The fact of Japans imminent defeat the undeniable truth that relations with Russia were deteriorating and competition for the division of Europe prove this without question Admittedly dropping the atomic bomb was a major factor in Japans decision to accept the terms laid out at the Potsdam agreement otherwise known as unconditional surrender The fact must be pointed out however that Japan had already been virtually defeated McInnis 1945 Though the public did not know this the allies in fact did Through spies they had learned that both Japans foreign minister Shigenori Togo and Emperor Hirohito both supported an end to the war Grant 1998 Even if they believed such reports to be false or inaccurate the leaders of the United States also knew Japans situation to be hopeless Their casualties in defending the doomed island of Okinawa were a
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