Bomb supporters argue that, although this destruction is distasteful by post-war sensibilities, it had become the norm long before President Truman took office, and the atomic bomb was just one more weapon in the arsenal to be employed under this policy. Those soldiers with extensive combat experience in the Pacific theater and with first-hand knowledge of Japanese resistance also express conflicting thoughts about the bomb.
The war was over. The Japanese saw suicide as an honorable alternative to surrender. But the answer seems to be yes.
To date, all American military casualties of the 60 years following the end of World War II, including the Korean and Vietnam Warshave not exceeded that number.
Furthermore, by postponing the use of the bomb, scientists would have had time to understand the test results, meaning further anguish, like the Bikini Atoll [a huge US hydrogen bomb test in that had major consequences for the geology and natural environment, and on the health of those who were exposed to radiation] could have been avoided.
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