The question will linger till the end of time. Over a hundred books and many movies have covered it repeatedly. Every person, motivated and biased by his own preconceived belief, has argued vehemently for and against the most horrible act ever done by mankind. Was it really necessary to drop the bomb? Everything I have read, and all interviews show a divided opinion for many different reasons. I have always wanted to analyze the happening thoroughly, giving only the actual facts on both sides, trying not to introduce my own personal opinion. So this is my story, I will try to stick only to the facts, devoid of my opinion. I am certain this will not change one person's mind, as I feel that everyone's mind is already made up.


I will start by taking a look at Japanese history, and culture, to get an understanding of the evolution of the race. The first problem I encountered was the enormous volume of information available. I have done my best to limit my writing to what I consider pertinent facts. The Samurai alone goes back over 1000 years.



Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan. It means "to serve," a Samurai is the servant of a lord. Originally these warriors were mercenaries in the employ of the Emperor and noble clans, but slowly gathered enough power to usurp the aristocracy and establish the first Samurai-dominated government.

The Samurai used various weapons, but the katana is the weapon that is synonymous with Samurai. Bushido teaches that the katana is the Samurai's soul. The use of swords did not become common in battle until the Kamakura period (1185-1333.) The katana itself became the primary weapon during the Edo period. At age 13 a male child was given real swords and armor, and became a Samurai. The tanto, or small dagger, was used to commit a ritualized suicide. The Samurai stressed skill with the longbow, often shooting from horseback. Most Samurai during the Edo period of the 16-17th century were bound by a strict code of honor and were expected to set an example for those below them. The Samurai would often be loyal, or disloyal to their lords, being sometimes unpredictable. Japan enjoyed a period of peace during the 17-19th century, with the Samurai playing a central role of policing the country.

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