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Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Transcript of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
In the battle of Iwojima 21,844 of 22,060 soldiers were killed or died from ritual suicide. Estimated casualties:
Nagasaki: 75,000 Projected casualties:
US: 40,000 to one million.
Japan: several hundred thousand to ten million. > Use of the atomic bomb was justified because it led to fewer deaths than its alternative. (According to some high-ranking American officials, including generals Eisenhower and MacArthur). Atomic weapons should be considered a "war crime," because of their destructive power. Use of the atomic bomb was unnecessary + immoral. Japan was given an ultimatum and warned of dire consequences prior to the bomb. Even if the first bomb was necessary, the US should have given Japan more than three days before dropping the second bomb. The war could have been brought to a conclusion without additional death. Both sides hinge on speculation. Death was necessary. The atomic bomb was the better of two evils.