February 15, 2011
Evan's Opinion About the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb
But going back to what I said before, what would have happened if we didn't drop the bomb? This is the biggest reason why having this attack was a good thing. The United States, after the attack of Pearl Harbor, was always a Japanese target, and if the bomb hadn't been dropped to cease Japan's threat, the US could have very well been in for another attack. It is important to remember that Japan was still at war even when Hitler and Germany surrendered. This was very important to Truman because he stated, "We shall completely destroy Japan's power to make war." He knew that at any point, anybody could be attacked again by Japan (particularly the United States), and to end this potential threat and save many American lives, bombing Japan would be a good option. I agree with Truman's thinking, which is why I think using the Atomic Bomb to end Japan's violence was a good idea.
When I read the firsthand accounts, my opinion did not change. I learned a lot about the various effects such a bomb can have on people, and it is indeed very sad. But, even if it sounds bad, most of them continued to live lives after the bombing. Yes, they were unable to do things and were required to make lots of extra doctor visits, but they were still living. If Japan hadn't been "taken care of," lots of Americans and other people could easily have been killed from their wrongdoing.
Whether Truman and the United States did the right thing is a very difficult question to reach consensus on, but it brings up another question that sparks long debates: "Is it okay to kill someone if it will save someone else." Most people I heard jump right to the conclusion of yes it is okay if you are saving multiple people. In this instance, I would semi-agree that it is okay if you are saving several people and only killing one. I am on the fence with this statement because it is ethically wrong to kill someone. However, on the flip side of that, if that one person is causing danger and possibly death in the future to that other group of people, that must be ethically wrong as well. That is why, for me, this is a very difficult question to answer because it appears that at least one person will die either way.