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What is your viewpoint of the use of the atomic weapon in World War II? Should it have been used or not to end the war?
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The atomic bomb was a time saver but I do not think it was necessary. Wiping out a large group of people both enemies and innocent is not ok. The results would have been the same either way.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM by
I think that the atomic bomb should have been used on a military base, not a civilian city. That way, the war might have been stopped with only those prepared to die dying.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 04:01 PM by
I dont like the idea of using atomic bombs, but i think in a way it was more beneficial to everyone else to end it that way, because even though a lot of lives were killed in that bomb, more lives were saved by ending the war.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM by
I believe that the atomic bomb was necessary to end the war although it killed tons of people. At the same time he cauased tension between nations.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM by
In my opinion, i do not think atomic weapons should have been used in WWll because of the after affects that the weapons have caused. The the waepons cause more harm then good and it just destroys the world rather than help. It also causes more tension and chaos in the world.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM by
Im no expert in polotics but i feel that using the atomic bomb, although it stopped the war, created more tension between the two countries. I feel that as human beings we should talk things out and be reasonable rather than jump the gun and kill innocent people.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM by
I think the atomic bomb was nessisary in a way. I believe the war would eventally end with the same results (alli victory) but it might have taken a bit longer, like 5-12 months more. So in turn the atomic bomb saved the lives of thousands upon thousands of troops on both sides.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM by
I dont think that the atomic bomb should have been used. It caused alot of destruction and innocent deaths. It may have had some good results, but i think it had more bad results than good results.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM by
I think it was necesary, maybe not as extreme or the size of it but i believe the the bomb was needed because if it wasnt used the war could still be going on.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 08:53 AM by
Even though the atomic bomb killed tons of people, it helped end the war which was needed. We had to do this so that we could protect this country, but like Chuck_96 said, who knows what would've happened if we didn't drop it. We might not be our own nation anymore, so definitly it was needed.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 08:44 AM by
I believe that if the atom bomb wasnt used than the war could very possibly be still going on today.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 08:44 AM by
If im not mistaken i think i read somewhere saying the atom bomb saved like 1 million troops lives for both japan and USA. so yes killing civilians is bad... but strategically this was not a bad decision.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 06:17 AM by
Although I believe that the use of the atomic bombs on Japan were beneficial, I also thought that they were unnecessary due to the fact that they killed off a lot of innocent Japanese people and devastated their entire country. Think of it as: if you wouldn't want to get bombed and have a mass of innocent casualties in your country, why would you do that to another country.
Comment Posted on May 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM by
I don't really have an opnion of the atomic bomb because it is in the past and there is nothing we can do to change what happend. I don't think i would support the use of another bomb because it could cause a necular war and I don't think it would solve anything, just cause destruction.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM by
I believe that all wars are just mistakes of close-minded people. I hate wars (and hate is a strong word). The creation of the atomic bomb and other atomic weapons is probably on my top list of horrendously stupid, naive decisions. How could anyone support this? As for one of the comments below that stated "I truly believe that are (bad word choice there) country would not be the same", how unthinking was that comment. Is *our* country the same after we built the weapons? Not in the slightest! I feel that sure, the bombs ended a war that was costing lives and cost plenty of lives in return, but our WORLD has entered into a whole new level of scary because of this. Does anybody honestly think that we can just forget about the treat of the atomic weapons and pretend that nothing bad like those bombings will ever happen to us? No it shouldn't have been used, it shouldn't have been made. Our world will not last long with humans constantly making stupid, stupid choices. People will always try and justify what was done, why we let the idea of atomic warfare be brought into this world, but because of this, the human race will come to an end. Maybe not in my lifetime or the next, but it will, and it will not be because of global warming or overpopulation or the sun consuming the earth or other stupid plausible scenarios, it will be because of our sheer stupidity.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM by
America wanted a way to end the war and it helped develop Japan into what it is today so I support the use of the atomic bombs in WWII but they still could have found a less lethal way to end the war.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 09:26 PM by
im not for the atomic bombs because they always kill innocent people. And I think that makes us look like bad people for doing that. Killing people who arent who you want killed is cruel and makes america look like murders
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 09:14 PM by
I support the use of the atomic bomb on japan. granted, it cost about 200,000 japanese deaths, but it is estimated that it would have cost that many lives in american soldiers alone to take japan, then once you add in japanese casualties, the number is much higher. by killing 200,000 people, the bombs saved as many more lives.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM by
I think they were a nessecity to end WWII, because it showed the domanice and who "wore the pants" in the world and later ended with the German's ally backing out and leaving them vulnerable.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 08:33 PM by
I won't say what the US did during WWII was wrong, but it wasn't exactly right. I understand the need for it, it would've cost many American lives, but they should have issued a warning to the Japanese public, that they had this weapon and that they were going to bomb Japan, and to move out. Or something along those lines. I'm not a pacifist, but I don't like violence in any form, but in my opinion the 'good guys' lives should always be placed in higher priority than the 'bad guys' lives.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM by
i think Atomic bombs aren't the best way to handle things. they are very dangerous and it doesn't only kill bad people, it kills the good and innocent people to.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM by
i think it was necessary to end the war and to show that we were serious about ending it. it saved american lives but the down side was that it took the lives of innocent Japanese lives.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 08:15 PM by
Yes I think the atomic bomb was necessary to end the war because it cut off a lot of Japan's resources and left them in shambles. I know a lot of innocent people died but I think the death toll would have skyrocketed if the war kept going on, plus if the war did continue there could have been a chance that we could be speaking Japanese now.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM by
i dont believe that the atomic bomb was the BEST way to end the war. yes i understand they wanted it to be done but there is always a better way to get things done and killings thousands and thousands of innocent civilians were lost, some even considered murdered?!?!
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 07:21 PM by
I support the atomic bombs in Japan, if we didn't use them then so many americans and japanese would soldiers would be killed. Yes the atomic bomb killed many citizens as well but if we had not droped the atomic bomds on Japan I truly believe that are country would not be the same.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 03:40 PM by
i think that the US wanted a way to end the war but i don’t think that this was the best way to go because a lot of innocent citizens dies from it, but I do understand why they choose the Japanese over all the other countries, because of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. but using the atomic bomb was still a bit extreme
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 03:19 PM by
Although many innocent lives were lost, using the atomic bomb was a benifit. Without the atomic bomb, the war would've dragged on, and who knows what the outcome would've been? I think it was the right decision.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 02:36 PM by
Orginal generals planned on sending troops to storm Japan and force surender. But that plan would cause many more deaths than the usage of the bombs. True it did kill lots of citizens but without it, Thousand of American and Japanese soldier would die, also citizens caught in the cross fire
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM by
The deployment of the atomic bomb was an overall beneficial for the U.S. The bomb demonstrated America's power over the rest of the nations. Although there were negative environmental aspects of the atomic bomb, the United States and the rest of the Allies benefited from this explosive decision (pun intended).
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM by
I think the dropping the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was one of the best decisions America has ever made, if we hadn't dropped those bombs we could've had to make another D-Day like invasion. Many American lives were saved. Even worse, we could've lost the war. I know many Japanese lives were lost, but even more American lives could've been lost had the bombs not been dropped.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 02:06 PM by
I wasn't there so I can't say if using atomic weapons was the best way to go for sure. I think that the civilian deaths were tragic and sad, but maybe it did save lives in the long run. If that happened today I don't think it would be a good idea because we would just go into a nuclear war and end up killing everyone, but back then maybe it was the most effective way to bring an end to the war.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 01:40 PM by
I am not for atomic warfare, but if we did not use the bomb in world war two, then the war probably would not have ended for another few years. They might even have won the war, so I think drastic times called for drastic measures.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM by
I think that even though the situation had come to a peak and there was not many simple options left in ending the war, the use of the atomic weapon was not a smart one. I believe that the harming of innocent civilians was not necessary. The wrong doings of Japanese soldiers can not be put on all of Japan and the U.S.'s decision on this, while rightfully justified was not the best way to attack Japan.
Comment Posted on May 24, 2012 at 09:35 AM by
Sometimes, when I do think about my great-grandfather being tortured to death by the Japanese, I do feel revenge was necessary! But other than that, it is absolutely NOT necessary to be in form of powerful bombs which wiped out many innocent people as well.
Comment Posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM by
Drastic measures were called for, but I feel there could have been a plan just as effective that didn't end the lives of so many civilians. The bombing was too harsh in my opinion.
Comment Posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM by
I do not deny that the bomb itself was necessary in reducing casualties, but I personally find it sad that civilian targets were chosen. I think it's full effect could have been more effectively used off of the coastline near a fleet or on a naval base farther from large cities.
Comment Posted on May 23, 2012 at 09:47 PM by
The atomic bomb... It certainly shocked people and did end the war, but was it really the best way? I know, if we didn't drop it, someone else would! Sure, it was effective, but there had to be a way to achieve the same end, but without all of the deaths? It might not have been as quick, but lives would not have been lost, and a low body count should matter more than what will quickly end a war.
Comment Posted on May 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM by
I think that going to such extremes with the bombing of innocent civilians and such was a little over the top, but things turned out alright so I suppose it was for the best.
Comment Posted on May 23, 2012 at 07:20 PM by
The atomic bombs used in WWII were some of the most devestating, yet effective solutions to war time issues. America did what it needed inorder to insure its well being. Why would we risk more death of our troops versus using a devestatingly effective solution that could save more lives? What is best isn't always the prettiest.
Comment Posted on May 23, 2012 at 05:43 PM by
Without using the atomic bomb in world war two it would have drug out the war a long time. More people would have died and more time would've been wasted fighting the war and not recovering from it. It was very devastating in Japan but if they wouldn't have surrendered more lives would have been lost.
Comment Posted on May 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM by
i think it was necessary for a few reasons. First it brought a quick end to the war that would have cost numerous american lives, and if the americans hadnt launched an atomic bomb, somone else would have and maybe on america so as bad as it sounds i think it was necessary.
Comment Posted on May 22, 2012 at 07:02 PM by
i am a firm believer in the necessity of the use of atomic weapons, but not in the form that they were used to end world war 2. the use there very much mimicked total warfare, with little regard for civilian lives. while yes the cities had military importance, a Japanese military base or headquarters like our pentagon would have made a much more reasonable target.
Comment Posted on May 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM by
I think that atomic bombs are an awful weapon, but sadly they are the most effective. I think that it was really the only way to end the war because if it had not been used, the countries would have continued to fight.
Comment Posted on May 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM by
I believe the atomic bomb was very much necessary the united states repeadly tried to convey the message of surrender to the japenese but they did not listen. Though it was a drastic measure it was very much necessary in ending the war. If the United States did not drop those bombs the war would have continued on for months.
Comment Posted on May 22, 2012 at 02:02 PM by
I think that though the atomic bombs were effective, they did a lot of unneeded damage. The atomic bombs hurt the people, including innocent civilians, which was not completely needed
Comment Posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM by
in order to win the war i thought that the atomic bombs were necessary. many american lives were at stake and we had the power to end a world war and we did.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 09:20 PM by
I don't think it was completely necessary but it was definitely effective.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM by
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The use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary in many respects. A full-on invasion was going to cost way too many American lives, especially after the island-hopping in the mid-Pacific. Also, Japan was not going to surrender any time soon unless we crushed them. The third reason why the US bombed those cities? We needed to destroy their morale. Those atomic bombs accounted for 135,000+ dead, including Japanese civilians, Korean laborers and American POW's in Hiroshima. After what had happened twice, Japan's leader was reluctantly prepared to surrender. Even so, there was a failed coup d'etat by the War Ministry of Japan in order to fight to the bitter end. The Japanese most definitely would not have surrendered without that shock the atomic bomb provided.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM by
I believe that in the end, it is very hard to decide what I would do, it would be easy to say that i love all life and wouldnt sdo it, but what would I really do if i was the person put in charge of deciding. war is war for reason and there will not always be non violent options.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM by
i wasn't alive at the time when they had to make the decision and i wasn't apart of the group of people who decided to drop it or not. i don't think that it was absolutely necessary for the United States to drop it, it was "an eye for an eye" and they probably could have come up with a different plan of action that wouldn't have killed so many inoccent bistanders. I truely do hope that the bomb was there last opition and that they didn't have any other plans of actions that they could have taken.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 06:31 PM by
I dont think that the atomic bomb should have been used. It caused alot of destruction death. It may have had some good results, but i think it had more bad than good come from it.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM by
The atomic weapon was beneficial at the time for America because it saved alot of lives, but it left never ending effects on Japan and killed a lot of innocent people there also! Im sure it was a hard desicion, but it seems to extreme harsh...but we wouldnt know because we werent in their situation.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM by
Although it did save American lives, it killed innocent women and children which was not neccessary. In my opinion, Truman shouldn't have allowed the dropping of the atomic bomb. That type of damage took it too far.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM by
I don't think that it was completely necessary. It killed more innocent people than the people it was designed to kill, I don't think America was thinking of long term consequences, and it has cause major problems for Japan.
Comment Posted on May 21, 2012 at 08:45 AM by
i feel that the use of the atomic bomb was completely necessary and the U.S. had complete right to use it after what the japanese did to us.
Comment Posted on May 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM by
i can't say that i know a whole lot on this subject, but from what i do know, it was a rather stupid thing to do. it not only killed hundreds of thousands of people, but caused long-lasting illnesses, radiation and mutations. it honestly all seems a bit harsh to me, especially since most of those victims were innocent civilians.
Comment Posted on May 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM by
Without the atomic weapon, many American lives would have been taken. But the atomic bomb killed many Japanese civilians and radiation poisoned Japan for years. It was an extremely difficult choice to make whether to use atomic weapons or not, but it had to be done in order to save American lives and avenge the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Comment Posted on May 20, 2012 at 03:37 PM by
No one really knows what would have happened if the plutonium and uranium based bombs would have not been dropped on major Japaneses cities. We are however sure that countless lives on American soldiers would have died if the decision was not made to end the war and start a new era, the nuclear age. Therefore yes it was fateful for Japan but they brought it upon themselves when they promised peace and then stabbed America in the gut with Pearl Harbor.
Comment Posted on May 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM by
I think that the use of atomic weapons to end WW2 was a wise move on the United States' behalf, because many American lives were saved, maybe up to 200,00; lives which would have been sacrificed if the bombs were not dropped. Yes, the death, destruction and disease the bombs caused in Japan was devastating, but the US had to think rationally, and finally showed the extents of its war-making capabilities through those nukes. Also, the atomic bombs sealed the end of WW2 because the US proved how much firepower it could utilize against its enemies, and I believe this helped snuff out some uprisings, leading to a relatively peaceful end of WW2.
Comment Posted on May 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM by
I think the atomic bomb was a destructive, horrible weapon. Although it can protect us from other forces, isnt there another way to get your point across besides violence? Honestly, I dont know if it should have been used to end the war. Although we caused destruction in Japan, if we had not acted the same thing could have happened to us. Everthing happens for a reason so I guess that's how it was suppose to happen. If World War III happens, it might be the last thing this earth experiences. with all this insane technology we will destroy the entire planet.
Comment Posted on May 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM by
My viewpoint of the atomic weapon use in World War II is that it shouldn't be used because of the drastic impact that it would cause a global affect and wouldn't benifit post war.
Comment Posted on May 18, 2012 at 01:37 PM by
The atomic bomb was used on Japan cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki because of Communism, not to defeat Japan. Japan was already defeated, with no navy or fleet left to defend the sea or air, they were continuously bombed and blockaded. This meant they were becoming demoralized and were running out of food and supplies. They would surrender in a matter of weeks. Russia had taken most of Europe on the way to Germany, and kept it as a buffer to further attacks. It would then turn to Asia to help defeat Japan, but would most likely occupy countries as a "buffer" against Asian countries. So to speed the war up, America dropped Little Boy and Fat Man to speed the war up, which I think was unjustified and highly unnecessary.
Comment Posted on May 17, 2012 at 04:35 PM by
The atomic weapon in World War II was needed I believe. Japan was prepared to fight with their all, and had it not been for the atomic weapon, it would have been more of a struggle to end the war.
Comment Posted on May 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM by
No, no because we could of found other methods to ending the war in a more peaceful matter then just dropping a bomb on them to shut them up, and I believe violence is not the answer to solve questions thats one of the fisrst things they teach you when you learn martial arts it's only used to defend yourslef and not as a weapon to hurt others.
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