Rebekah Arey May 4th, 2009 Hackelman 6th Period Atomic Bomb Debate-Negative Many people can look at the dropping of the atomic bomb as both a good and a bad thing. There are great reasons for each side and many people go back and forth on the issue. According to Bill Dietrich, Seattle Times Staff reporter, there are many reasons the atomic bomb should not have been dropped. If America had given a demonstration over the harbor of Tokyo, the people may have been convinced to surrender. This act would have given them an idea of what they were in for and allowed them time to decide what they would want for themselves. Also, America did not allow enough time for the news to spread about the effects of the atomic bomb before Nagasaki was bombed. If we had waited a little while longer the news would have filtered out among the people and we could have saved many lives by using only the one bomb and not the second. According to Alonzo Hamby, there was no reason to drop the atomic bomb. President Truman was only focused on saving American lives, not in humanity in general. Yes, American lives would have been lost had we gone to fight against Japan, but he did not take into consideration how many lives could have been saved by not using the atomic bomb. According to Martin J. Sherwin the use of the atomic bomb was avoidable and was not inevitable like some people tend to think. There are other ways to negotiate and work with another country to get their attention and come to an agreement. There are still so many unknowns to the American public. For all we know, Japan was almost ready to surrender. They had already lost close to sixty of its cities; they probably did not want to lose anymore and were about ready to call it quits. Your first sentence reflects no opinion-this paper should clearly define the negative case. EDIT-Same problems with weak verbs, this assignment affirmative/negative is one grade-lets go with a 90.