The American decision to use the two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II has come in for feverish debate in the years following the incident. It is one of the best-documented events in history, and has, at the same time, provoked lasting, emotionally heated reaction. To state that the Americans bombed the Japanese because the latter were their rivals in the war is to speak simplistically of an issue that was a product of complex factors. The dropping of the bombs on the two cities was the climax of the great rivalry the two countries had developed against each other over some years; thus, to try to understand the motives behind America’s actions, one needs to look at how this rivalry developed.
This paper looks at the factors that led to the bombing of the two cities. No attempt has been made to look at the moral aspect of the issue, or to stand in judgment on the incident. The paper avoids reference to the unspeakable suffering the bombs ended up causing to the people who bore the brunt, as it falls outside its scope. Only some controversies related to the issue have been taken up as these are intertwined with the incident.
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Number of Pages: approx. 25
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