*This is a repost of an article I wrote 2 years ago*
60 62 years ago, an Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing more than 140,000 people, and causing many thousand more people to die of radiation-related illness.
While the A-bomb triggered the surrender of the Japanese and the end of World War II, I’ve always wondered if it is actually necessary.
Germany and Italy had already surrendered. Japan is alone, fighting the Allied forces in many front lines. Japan’s Naval and Air forces are losing the fight to the Allied forces that had surrounded Japan. Bombing on Japan’s land was conducted every night. Russia also declared war against Japan. Japan is losing….
So is the A-Bomb really required? I don’t think so. It is just a matter of time before Japan surrender. The A-Bomb will speed up the surrender. Maybe saving the lifes of many American troops. But it killed more civilians than soldiers.
140,000 civilians, unarmed and untrained, were killed. I thought they should be targeting military targets like war factory and army camps. Yes, the Japanese soldier were cruel. I remember the Rape of Nan Jing. I remember how the people suffered under the Japanese rule. But we are no different from them. We dropped a A-Bomb on a defenseless city.
140,000 lives loss in exchanged for a faster peace. Is it worth it?
Remember Hiroshima. Remember the day 140,000 civilians lifes were lost to exchange for peace….