In the words of past Secretary of War Henry Stimson “But this deliberate, premeditated destruction was our least abhorrent alternative. The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki put an end to the Japanese war. It stopped the fire raids, and the strangling blockade;” (Document 4). Without these bombs being dropped these smaller but more destructive bombings would have caused many more casualties than both of the atomic bombings put together. In Japanese controlled areas there was an estimated twenty five million deaths from 1937 to 1945.
the bomb’s code name was “Little Boy”. Three days later, on August 9th, 1945, America dropped another bomb on Nagasaki with the code name “Fat Man”. As many as 200,000 deaths were caused by “Little Boy” alone and many people would die of radiation for years to come. The dropping of the Atom bomb on Hiroshima is an extremely debatable issue with no right or wrong answer. In this essay I will describe both sides to the argument then conclude using my final opinion on whether I am for or against the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima.
At this point in the war America had already suffered losses of more than 418,000 lives, both military and civilian. Thanks to the manhattan project they had a weapon of mass destruction within their grasp, the atomic bomb. It is right to say that the use of the weapon helped to near the end of WWII. Germany was already out of the picture, but Japan held its strength, conquering several hundred islands in the Indian Ocean. In an article
Consequently we see in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the idea of moral controversy over someone being conceived from a form other than sexual reproduction reflects those of artificial implantation. Frankenstein created his creature from body parts of the deceased, electricity,and science (Shelley). Much like Frankenstein, modern scientist have created new ways to innovate techniques to allow a living being to be created. If infertility was indicated before 1939 then there would be no treatment done to make the person become fertile. Scientist had an idea that some believed was impossible to become a reality.
Yes, it did prevent others from dying, and no, it killed hundreds of thousands innocent people. So the bombing of Hiroshima is both justified and not justified. The first point you could make is yes, the bomb was 100 percent justified and it was a good idea. War is an awful thing that our world has to go through, because many die and lots of land is damaged. An article that agrees the bomb was good claims, “On Okinawa, only a few weeks before Hiroshima, 123,000 JApanese and Americans killed each other.
As stated in document A, President Truman believed that it was his duty as president to use every weapon available to save American lives. By making the decision to employ atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it successfully brought an end to World War II. Now, while these bombs did ultimately spare thousands of American lives, it did also put an end to about 200,000 lives as shown in document E. Document A stated that Admiral William Leahy, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, opposed using the bomb because it killed civilians indiscriminately. He believed that an economic blockade and conventional bombing would convince Japan to surrender. As an opposite end of the spectrum though Truman’s advisor, James Byrnes thought that the use of “the A-bombs would not only cause Japan to surrender, but also impress the Soviet Union, and hopefully stop its expansion” (Doc C).
During the time the ‘Little Boy’ bomb that was dropped information was put throughout the media. As can anyone imagine the surprise attack for Pearl Harbor was in no comparison to the world's shock of the use of an atomic bomb. No one knew how big of an event it was going to
World War II introduced the most dangerous weapon in the world, the atomic bomb. When the US used it on Japan we went to far and caused unnecessary damage to the people. Many people believe this to the only truth but, the real truth is that dropping the atomic bomb was a necessary evil we had to use in order to win the war in World War II and future wars to come. It save many american soldiers lives, stopped the Soviets from joining, and helped us win against Japan. First and foremost, World War II caused many casualties for both sides of the war.
Thesis statement: Though many speculate that the act of dropping the atomic bomb on Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) while not doing so on Europe (Germany and Italy) was racially motivated, racism played little to no role in these bombings. The United States of America and her allies were willing to end World War II at any cost, had the atomic bombs been available they would have been deployed in Europe. In the 1940’s there is no doubt that the United States of America was engulfed by mass anti-Japanese hysteria which inevitably bled over into America’s foreign policy. During this period Japanese people living in both Japan and the United States of America were seen as less that human.
He further stated that “the first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment” and that it was“a mistake to ever drop it.” By all the evidence and information we have above, it shows us that to end the WWII is not really the reason for U.S. to drop that bombs on Japan. The evidence above had also said Japan already was prepared and ready to surrender. The bombs are totally unnecessary. Those evidence make dropped bombs be not
This was reality for most people in Japan, in Document 4 Takeharu Terao one of the few Atomic Bomb Survivors in Hiroshima says “Just before eight, an air raid siren sounded. We took cover while complaining, because we were already accustomed to the siren.” These students weren’t even prepared for an attack, they didn’t expect anyone to bomb a populated city no matter how bad the war had gotten but America did. There were many bombing during WWII but the reason why they aren’t talked about as much as the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima is because they were bombings on military bases and soldiers, most soldiers were prepared to die for their country and would do anything to keep their country safe but citizens aren’t required to feel the same. They were innocent people, families were torn apart, children were killed and hospitals, a place where you were supposed to recover were destroyed (Document 7).
Although the nuclear bomb was completed, it lacked a means to transport it. Thus, a program named Silverplate, was created in order to provide a means of transport. Under the Silverplate program, batches of improved B-29 bombers were produced specifically designed to carry and use atomic ordinance. The B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, which dropped the Little Boy nuclear bomb at Hiroshima was produced under the Silverplate program alongside fifteen other bombers between February and June 1945. The B-29 Bomber responsible for the Hiroshima bombing received its name on August 5, 1945 by Lt. Col Paul W. Tibbets.
Some argue that it was the single most offensive act that the United States has ever committed, but it was necessary at the time. The bomb is used to paint the United States as evil villains. Looking at Japanese treatment of our soldiers at the march if Baatan, and the nations total commitment to victory, we can see why the decision was made. Atomic bomb aside, I do not see the United States abandoning its principle of humanitarianism during the War. After the war, the United States did everything in its power to rebuild both Japan and Germany.
This won the war on Japan, and ended World War Two. People to this day ask if that was a necessary action. The dropping of bombs was not necessary to win the war because Japan was already weak before the bombs, killed so many civilians, and the tremendous amount of damage that was caused.
For example, it saved many Americans lives from invading into Japan, yet most of them were all grateful for having the opportunity to see their family again. Even George C. Marshall said, “the invasion would cost at a minimum one-quarter-of-a-million casualties, and might cost as much as a million, on the Americans side alone, with an equal number of the enemy.” Marshall is stating that with the use of the bomb there will be fewer casualties, yet the Manhattan Project was created without a limit on the budget (Kagan, “Why America Dropped the Bomb”). The goal was not to killed the Japanese, but it was to minimize the casualties, even if it means killing the Japanese. From a different perspective, if the U.S. sent their soldiers to the battlefield, then there will be an enormous wounded and deaths soldiers from both sides.