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The Atomic Bomb : A Reflection Essay Following A Class Debate

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In 1939, the German born scientist Albert Einstein had informed President Roosevelt about the possibility of creating a powerful bomb. The bomb was said to be able to creating a massive explosion by splitting the atom . Einstein as well as other scientists feared that Germany might develop such a bomb first. In 1942, the United States set up a secret project called the Manhattan Project, to develop the first atomic bomb. Roosevelt died in April 1945, and Vice President Harry S. Truman became President of the United States. At the Potsdam Conference, Truman learned of the successful test explosion of the atomic bomb and informed the other Allied leaders, that the ...view middle of the document...

On August 9, 1945, the second atomic bomb exploded at approximately 11:01 a.m. in Nagasaki, Japan, after being dropped from the B-29 Bockscar. August 6th, 1945, 70,000 lives were ended in a matter of seconds. The United States had dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Today many argue over whether or not the US should have taken such a drastic measure. Was it really necessary that we drop such a devastating weapon? Bottom line, yes, it was. The best thing for us to do was end the war quick with the least number of American casualties possible. What if we hadn't dropped the bomb? The war would have continued, and there would have almost certainly been more deaths. The Japanese would have used any weapon they could have gotten their hands on. If they had atomic bomb technology they would have used it. It was the atomic bomb that forced Japan to surrender and in turn saved thousands, if not millions of not only American lives, but Japanese lives as well. We had warned the Japanese that if they hadn't surrendered they would have to pay.However there are many that believe that the atomic bomb was much too drastic a measure for us to have taken. They say that the atomic bomb killed more innocent women and children than it did soldiers, and that we were clearly making progress on the war, and could have achieved peace through more diplomatic means. Whether or not we had to drop the bomb is a question that has no answer. What is certain though is that the Atomic Bomb swiftly brought an end to the war, and spared countless lives on both sides. In my eyes it was a military must.

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