In World War II why did the USA drop an atom bomb when it has such a horrid death toll and is considered a crime against humanity?
- SharonLv 61 year agoFavourite answer
To force Japan to surrender. The official estimate was that the planned invasion, using Marines who had just reclaimed the Philippines, plus soldiers transferred from Europe, where the war had ended, would cost half a million American lives and not less than one million dead Japanese. The bombs actually saved Japanese lives by forcing the surrender without further fighting
- out2lunch4now2Lv 712 months ago
Because Japan asked for it on December 7, 1941.
- MajorArmedManLv 71 year ago
Why did Japan bomb a harbor and nearby targets in a Hawaiian city without warning where there was no state of war in place and inflicted thousands of deaths on American soil? Also, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings had less death toll compared to the March 9-10, 1945 firebombing of Tokyo, and they were both acts of war committed in the context of total industrial war. To judge almost 80 years olds events using modern context is extremely poor, bigoted, and obtuse.
- Huh?Lv 71 year ago
The alternatives would have been much worse.
The US alone expected half a million casualties if they invaded the Japanese Home Islands.
Blockading Japan to starve it into surrender would have condemned the larger part of the civilian population to a slow death.
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- All hatLv 71 year ago
When another country initiates a war against you, it is a life or death challenge. You respond with anything you've got to end the threat. Any other nation that had developed the atom bomb during WW2 would have used it too. US just happened to get there first.
- AndrewLv 71 year ago
Is it not a crime to mistreat prisoners of war? Is it not a crime that FEPOWs in WWII were starved, beaten, raped, tortured and worked to death? Is it not a crime that they were forced to construct airstrips on far flung coral atolls where many went blind under the relentless equatorial sun? Is it not a crime that they were forced to clear immense tracts through dense woodland and to do backbreaking labour laying railroad track in disease-ridden jungles? Is it not a crime that they were forced to delve deep into the bowels of the Earth to mine zinc and other ore under unspeakable conditions? Is it not a crime that they were locked in the airless holds of the Hellships and left in pitch blackness without food and water for days as Allied ships and aircraft fired upon them, not knowing there were POWs aboard because the Japanese refused to distinguish vessels carrying POWS from the rest of the fleet? Is it not a crime that many were murdered and cannibalised, used for bayonet practice?
And what about what the Japanese did to the civilians living in the places they conquered? They ravaged and raped and slaughtered them like animals. They killed the young and the old. They bayoneted infants and gang-raped elderly women.
Let no one say that they got more than what they deserved.
That being said, the atomic bombs were not only useful as an incentive for the Japanese to surrender on the Allies' terms, their use also served as a warning to the Soviets that going in for a land grab in Western Europe or Japan would result in massive repercussions. Stalin got the message, and after the mushroom clouds cleared, Japan was whole. Had it not been for the atomic bombs, things would have been far, far worse for Japan in the long run.
- LudwigLv 61 year ago
It is considered a crime against humanity by who exactly? It was the culmination of a superb military effort by the allies against an inhuman enemy and saved hundreds of thousands of lives. It was a legitimate act of war, and has served as a warning which has kept the world from similar major conflicts since 1945.
- David B.Lv 71 year ago
The Japanese were offered several opportunities to surrender prior to any bombs being dropped. It was estimated that it would result in over half a million American lives to invade and subdue the Japanese on their land. Truman decided that he wasn't willing to have that happen. Even after the first bomb was dropped and the Japanese knew what they were faced with they refused to surrender. I fail to see why people ignore the fact that they brought it upon their people and themselves and actually feel sympathy for the Japanese people after the atrocities that they brought upon the Philippine and Chinese people. As far as I'm concerned they got what they deserved.
- bluLv 71 year ago
The US didn't spend $2B on the Manhattan Project w/ no intention to use the weapon.
The US/Japan had just finished Okinawa which resulted in 150,000 casualties. Invasion of mainland Japan was expected to be several times more severe.
The US warned Japan including pamphlets which gave citizens a chance to relocate.
The US fire bombed Tokyo which was more casualties than both bombs. Why aren't you asking about that?
The bombs worked ... Japan finally surrendered. This saved countless lives.
Japan didn't have any mercy in mind when it attacked Pearl Harbor.
- Anonymous1 year ago
To finish the war.
The USA had spent an enormous amount of money on the bombs so needed to prove their effectiveness otherwise it would have been a waste of money as there aren't that many chances to use them in peacetime!
Note that there are two different types of atom bombs so needed to test them both! They didn't just drop the same type of bomb twice, that would have been a wasted oportunity to test both types!