Do you think the United States was justified in using atomic weapons to end the war against Japan in 1945? Why, or why not?
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Dropping the bomb and calling it justified can go both ways. An invasion of Japan would have caused casualties on both sides that could easily have exceeded the toll at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Also, These two targeted cities would have been firebombed anyway. The bomb’s use impressed the Soviet Union and halted the war quickly enough that the USSR did not demand joint occupation of Japan.