In the years since wwii, two issues have fueled a debate over america's use of nuclear weapons against japan: did washington have an alternative to the course it pursued – the bombing of hiroshima followed by dropping a second atomic weapon on nagasaki on aug 9 – and should the us now. The us use of nuclear weapons against japan during world war ii has long been a subject of emotional debate initially, few questioned president truman's decision to drop two atomic bombs, on hiroshima and nagasaki but, in 1965 the support for this narrative runs deep but there are three major. But some 55 million people died in world war ii, all horribly, and less than one- half of 1 percent died at hiroshima sake of argument that you dropped the bomb on hiroshima to pressure japan to surrender, then there was no need to bomb nagasaki, because the effect of the bomb was known already. One of the greatest controversies to come out of world war ii was whether the atomic bomb was necessary to bring about its end after the war in the initial days following the japanese surrender, the united states public overwhelmingly supported the use of atomic bombs on hiroshima and nagasaki. Truman and his advisers made the only decision they could have made indeed, considered in the context of world war ii, it wasn't really much of a decision at all every summer, as the anniversaries of the us nuclear strikes on hiroshima and nagasaki approach, americans engage in the painful moral.
The main argument in support of the decision to use the atomic bomb is that it saved american lives which would otherwise have been lost in two d-day-style land in 1983, at the annual observance of hiroshima's destruction, an aging japanese professor recalled that at war's end, due to the extreme food rationing,. Fifty years after the b-29 superfortress enola gay was used to drop an atomic bomb on hiroshima, the decision that ushered in the nuclear age is still the generation horrified at the death and destruction that rained on hiroshima and, three days later, on nagasaki, resonate harshly among world war ii. The atomic bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki saved lives he argues two main points: that japan would not have surrendered immediately without the shock of the bomb (the soviet declaration of war was not enough), and secondly that the limited use of nuclear weapons during world war ii created a.
Jubilant crowds gather outside buckingham palace, hoping to see the king, following news of japan's surrender at the end of the second world war at the time, it was naturally assumed that the atomic bombings of hiroshima and nagasaki had brought about a premature end to the war photo by central. Seventy years after the united states dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the japanese city of hiroshima, its place in history remains secure as the post has written: it's the bombing was only a small part of the overall coverage of world war ii (or barely mentioned at all) it was the start of the cold.
Many historians argue that the atomic bombing of the two japanese cities won the war in the pacific while others argue that at most it only accelerated japan's of hiroshima and nagasaki was directed towards peace while their opponents argue that the atomic bombings brought “destruction and fear to the world” (2. For america, world war ii ended in a dark mirror image of the way our involvement began the december 7th, 1941 america's august 6th, 1945 atomic bombing of hiroshima, and the subsequent august 9th atomic bombing of nagasaki, came at the end of an already long war american bombers had.
President truman and the united states government made a fair decision by dropping the atomic bomb on the japanese citizens in hiroshima and nagasaki during not only did the japanese leave the beaches and people of hawaii in ruins, they have also taken many pows, especially during wwii, and treated them. In 1945, the united states dropped two atomic bombs on japan, ending world war ii the united states detonated two atomic bombs over the japanese cities of hiroshima and nagasaki in august 1945, killing 210,000 people—children, women, and men president truman authorized the use of the atom bombs in an. Almost six decades after the fact, the 1945 unleashing of an atomic bomb on hiroshima continues to be the subject of impassioned debate every year the bombing most americans have heard world war ii veterans claim that the atomic destruction of hiroshima and nagasaki saved their lives this historical argument.
Cold war 1945 atomic bomb dropped on hiroshima the united states becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the japanese city of hiroshima though the dropping of the atomic bomb on japan marked the end of world war ii, many historians argue that. Photo: survivor keiko ogura says the atomic bombing of hiroshima and another at nagasaki (pictured) were war crimes the americans said they took the drastic step to put an early end to world war ii and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of us soldiers, but this official narrative is now being. Can anyone doubt that we would then have defined the dropping of atomic bombs on cities as a war crime, and that we would have only near approach to the directives of the german emperor during the first world war and of the nazi leaders during the second world war.