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THE DECISION TO DROP THE ATOMIC BOMB It makes sense to say that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima to intimidate the Soviet Union and was not a strict military measure to force Japan to surrender unconditionally This is a fact because of the condition Japan was in and the fear of Soviet intervention combines to be a very convincing assertion Towards the end of WWII Japan was already badly routed by American forces out in the Pacific Doc B Over half a million Japanese people were either dead or wounded and about two million homes in around 60 cities were already destroyed due to the regular HE high Explosives and incendiary bombs being discharged from the daily raids Most of the Japanese industries were wiped out and Japan surely could not have sustained a war without supply of equipment ammo and food Even in Document F Leo Szilard a nuclear physicist states that he and his colleagues and the US government knew that the Japanese were basically defeated and that the use of a nuclear bomb was not necessary It is true that around five million soldiers of Japan still defended the various islands of the Pacific and that an American force of equal amount battled them And others would argue the bomb was needed to save the lives of Americans But to release a device of untold proportions was not needed because the Japanese were already arranging a conditional surrender of which President Truman ignored and certainly the war wouldve continued no more in a short time The release of the atom bomb was to force Japan to surrender but it was mostly a display of power and the intimidation of the Soviet Union With the war winding down to a close it was feared among high-positioned US officials that the Russians would intervene Intervention meant more demands by Russia and a more confident
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