Hiroshima: World War Ii and United States Essay

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The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the best way to bring about a swift end to the war. The atomic bomb was the only way to quickly make Japan surrender. It saved millions of lives on both sides. The atomic bomb caused the Cold War. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed the Japanese and the world what the United States of America is competent of doing. The United States wanted to show the Japanese their superiority in the power that they held. The Japanese gave no indication that they were ready to surrender. “Allies met at Potsdam in early August demanding the surrender of the Japanese and they refused to surrender” (Pyle).They didn’t want to surrender because they still thought that they can vigor superior terms of surrender if they waited a bit longer. The Japanese believed they would be able to kill the U.S. troops if they have tried to attack the Japanese mainland. Finally, after three bombs they finally surrendered. It was necessary to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and have the personal intervention of the Emperor Hirohito, or else Hiroshima and Nagasaki would never have surrendered. President Truman persistently protected his use of the atomic bomb, stating that it saved millions of lives by bringing the war to a quick end. Justifying his decision, he went so far as to declare: "The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians." (Truman). In fact, almost all of the victims were civilians, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were selected as targets because of their concentration of activities and residents. The start of the atomic bomb brought the Cold War among the U.S. and Russian superpowers, whose subjects lived in constant terror under the continuing threat of nuclear extinction. It encouraged the Russians to hasten their production of weapons of mass destruction. It further united power in the executive branch of the U.S. government and it began the civilization toward the ultimate communism,…