Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima: Was dropping the atomic bomb a mistake? | The Tylt
President Obama is the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 people. A second bomb killed up to 80,000 people in Nagasaki three days later. White House spokespeople have been clear that the president is not making a formal apology for the United States' past actions in Japan. But the president said in his speech today that "We are not bound ... to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can learn. We can....ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again."
Was dropping the atomic bomb a mistake?
Many believe dropping the bomb was the right thing to do (indeed, something the United States had to do) and argue that the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the war, sparing millions of American and Japanese lives. But many military historians disagree: President Truman’s Chief of Staff William Leahy wrote that “the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender." Others believe that no matter the outcome, the deaths of so many innocent civilians could never be justified.
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Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima: Was dropping the atomic bomb a mistake?
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