Kialo requires cookies to work correctly.
Did the US have to use nuclear weapons to achieve Japan's unconditional surrender?
The U.S. had to use nuclear weapons to achieve its goal of Japan unconditionally surrendering.
Perceptions of the times were that it was necessary.
Only the use of nuclear bombs could convince Japan to surrender and thus was necessary.
The use of nuclear weapons was necessary to limit civilian and military human costs. If the U.S. stuck with conventional military strategies, many more lives would have been lost.
Only the use of nuclear weapons gave Japan a legitimate reason to surrender while keeping face. This would not have been the case with conventional bombing.
Japan would have surrendered,
of the use of nuclear weapons, because the Soviet Union joined the war.
The bombs were partly dropped due to a translation error from a report on Prime minister Suzuki's stance in Japanese media. When asked his stance, he replied 'no comment' but the translation handed to the American's stated that he held their threat in
The bombs were not dropped out of necessity to end the war, but rather to justify the $2 billion cost of the
The bombing was a diplomatic tactic in negotiating with the
and had little implication for Japan.
There was no pressing military need for dropping atomic bombs on Japan.
The targets of the nuclear bombs were selected by a desire to test the technical effects of the nuclear bombs, rather than by military necessity.
The US was aware of the Japanese intention to - nearly unconditional - surrender since they decoded a communication on a mediating request by Japan to Moscow on
The bomb(s) were also dropped, in part,
out of racial prejudices
against the Japanese people, which had escalated in American society following the attack of Pearl Harbor.
Should the US stop trying to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear program?
North Korea should not give up its nuclear weapons for its national security.
Should the US remove Confederate memorials, flags, and monuments from public spaces?