Imagine a routine morning. One wakes up, showers, eats, travels to work or school, and expects a typical day—no one anticipates anything special to occur. Fast forward to approximately eight in the morning, while sipping coffee or sitting in class, a loud sound spreads throughout the air and he lies on his back, flesh-ripping from his burned and damaged skin. Around him wails hundreds of other dying and suffering innocents. And it seemed like a normal Monday.
Those horrors occurred to the innocent civilians of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped the atomic bomb. Three days later, the problem-plagued the people of Nagasaki, as well. The question arises, “Why?” The answer, while complex, boils down to one main point: protection. The United States feared an imminent battle with the Soviet Union and used the bomb as a means of intimidation for protection. Through a study of time, it stands assured that, while the bombing of Nagasaki proved unnecessary, the bombing of Hiroshima worked in America’s (and, ultimately democracy’s) favour.
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First of all, the atomic bomb failed to win the Pacific War; the U.S. won the war several months before, but they waited for an official surrender from Japan. Japan also desired to end the war. By seeking out help from the Soviet Union, which established peace a year earlier in the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact, they sought to end the fighting once and for all. Truman knew all of this and, after the Potsdam Conference, sent a message to Japan permitting only an unconditional surrender with no guaranteed safety for the emperor. A day before sending the message, Truman okayed the use of the atomic bomb on Japan. Clearly, Japanese opinions mattered naught in this situation and, therefore; all of the noble stories associated with the atomic bomb (lives saved and war winning cause) proved lies.
Then why drop a bomb murdering more than 300,000 people? Repeating pre World War One days, America used militarism to coerce a final, submissive surrender from Japan (allowing the U.S. to beat its chest), while attempting to frighten the Soviets. The U.S.S.R. craved more power and the U.S. did not want to concede it, therefore; as barbaric as it seems, the Soviet Union needed to witness a sign of authority from America. Threats of nuclear weapons posed no problem, because threats merely stand as words, while action performs—action kills. For instance, examine Bismania. After the takeover of Galdion, Andros existed as the second strongest nation and rather than making vague threats, instigating a feeble power struggle, Bismania proved its power by attacking Andros. Therefore, actions speak louder than words, and the Soviet Union needed to see them to understand the eminent war.
The aforementioned horrors that coincide with an atomic explosion affected neither Soviet nor American, only the Japanese—innocent Japanese at that. Therefore, while the bombing of Hiroshima served as a final reminder of the damage the people allowed the war to do, the second bomb at Nagasaki stood completely useless and infantile. That seemed unnecessary and merely allowed the U.S. politicians to be boys playing with brand new toys.
In order to counter eminent battle between Communism and Capitalism, America needed to prove that it grew from a measly child into a force to be reckoned with, however; an extra 100,000 lives should have survived. Perhaps the best answer lies with peace. Obviously, if the sparing of lives remains possible, then by all means do it. However, if one tries to live in peace, they need the accompaniment of others or else they stand alone as naïve fools ready for annexation by anyone (i.e. Nurovia). So, assuming that Stalin truly wanted to possess more land, and posed himself as a threat to the U.S. then, yes—sadly, since one cannot change the way a person thinks and make them all foster peace, one unfortunate, sickening, tragic bomb required to drop.
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