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Hiroshima A Difficult but Just Decision By the end of WWII it is estimated that 292131 American soldiers lost their lives - it couldve been worse much worse It is also estimated that one million Americans and over 250000 British soldiers wouldve died had we not dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima Why Well because the Japanese had a 5 million-man army and were under no circumstances going to surrender Japanese did not surrender - it was considered cowardly according to the Code of Bushido and therefore one must die before surrendering If you dont believe me just look at the numerous Kamikazes that refused to surrender Since they wouldnt surrender we were left with two options to drop the A-bomb or to fight a land war of thousands of American soldiers versus thousands of Japanese soldiers which wouldve been suicide for both sides But we unlike the Japanese dont follow the Code of Bushido so that option is out But the big question is Was it morally right to drop the atomic bomb on Japan I believe that the United States did have sufficient moral reasons for dropping the bomb yet it is a tough call Abraham Lincoln had said that he believed that the Norths cause was good and supported Shermans notion of total war in which one must crush his enemy until the people lose the will to keep on fighting Just like Lincoln Truman believed our cause was just and he supported total war as well Some say Trumans act was especially controversial because of the number of innocent civilians that were killed in the bombing and therefore he should have chosen a different site to be targeted This depends on how you define innocent these civilians by their own will or not were making bombs and other various weapons for the Japanese military in their very own homes Air Force General Curtis Lemay remarked We were
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