On this day in 1945, the United States of America brought the most devastating conflict the world had ever known to a quicker end. Via History:

On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

The sad fact that the bomb proved to be not only necessary, but decisive to ending the war and preserving life on both sides of the conflict continues to be undeniable.

While the act has garnered some detractors, especially those who choose to believe that the employment of the atomic bomb was unjustifiable under any circumstance, I concur with a comment from friend Lauro Garza:

“Let’s be clear, America fire bombed Tokyo and killed over 100,000 people. Japan did not surrender.

America attacked the Japanese home island of Okinawa and thousands of American and Japanese lives were lost. America firebombed other cities and hundreds of thousands more died. Japan did not surrender.

America warned Japan that America had an ultimate weapon. Japan did not surrender.

America dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima killing approximately 80,000 persons. Japan did not surrender.

America conducted more bombing, day after day. Japan did not surrender.

America dropped another nuclear bomb on Nagasaki killing ~55,000 people. Japan did not surrender but was interested in negotiations and only when there was a brokered and conditional agreement allowing the Emperor to remain in symbolic power arranged by a third party was a surrender agreed upon.

The nuclear bombings brought the Japanese to the bargaining table and that was what shortened the war and prevented the inevitable invasion of the main islands of Japan which would have been SUPER costly in American and allied lives as well as destroyed what remained of the Japan.

Instead, peace was arranged and in less than twenty years Japan was again a international power. Today, it is the third largest economy in the world. Why? Because America chose to use the nuclear bombs when it did.

By destroying several cities and countless lives in war, millions were saved for the peace that has remained.”

Dennis Prager‘s PragerU offers this excellent analysis of the morality underlying the decision by America to drop the atomic bombs on Japan. It’s well worth watching.

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