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A Necessary Evil The United States use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the face of the world The bomb notified the world that a new age of atomic energy was upon us Technology was increasing at such an astronomical rate that new forms of energy were being discovered and put to violent uses This forced the world to be prepared for the incredible power and responsibility of atomic energy The Atomic bomb also notified the world of Americas superiority in military technology and its dominance over the rest of the world After the war there were two kinds of militaries those with the bomb and those without If your country did not have the technology it was forced to become allies with a superpower or succumb to the will of countries with atomic power Whether Harry Truman knew the full effect the use of such a powerful weapon would have on the world is very debatable but I believe the president made the right decision in using the bomb The use of the bombs was the best way to end a terrible war because it was the quickest way it saved hundreds of thousands of American lives and it displayed to the world that the US had too much power to dare challenge To fully understand Trumans decision we must examine his other options There were thought by military leaders three ways to win the war with Japan The first was an invasion This would call first for an invasion of Kyushu the southernmost island of Japan This island was considered essential to invade the main island of Honshu Kyushu was very well defended with a reported 680000 Japanese soldiers and well fortified defense systems as well as airpower The Japanese soldiers would also fight even harder knowing that the were now defending there homeland The taking of Kyushu and then Honshu would have been expected to last
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