After the war, they may simply replace Nazi Germany as the new tyrannical power in the world. This bomb, however, would dissuade them. President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb was a necessary evil. Many millions of US and Japanese casualties would have resulted if an invasion of the Japanese home islands was required. By the taking of these Japanese lives, the President has saved the rest.
Japan had been attacking and invading America for years, possibly trying to provoke retaliation. It was smart of Roosevelt to wait until Europe was defeated, because if the Nazis were not defeated before the atomic bomb was dropped, Germany would have had the time to gain strength, there would not have been as many troops and weapons during the final battles in Europe. Dropping the second bomb was another good decision because it let Japan know that they had more bombs and they would use them. If Japan believed they only had one, they would retaliate and continue the war. Nagasaki was America saying the war had to end
During WWII there were many deaths and terrible battles but the worst of all of them was America dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This tactic of bombing a city was the wrong decision by America, it was completely barbaric and was an act of total war something no country should ever use. The main issues with this decision was that it wasn’t an attack on a military base like Pearl Harbor but it was an attack on a populated city and Japan was prepared to surrender because they knew America and the Allied Powers would win the war. The main argument others have is that the Atomic bomb saved lives by creating a fast end to the war so it wouldn’t be strung out resulting in more deaths on both sides but Japan was prepared to surrender
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.
The U.S. viewed bombings as a necessity because Truman gave the Japanese a chance to surrender when he issued the Potsdam Declaration. In his message, Truman warned the Japanese that if they would not unconditionally surrender that they would be struck with “prompt and utter destruction.” Similarly, by bombing the Japanese it would spare up to 1 million American lives along with 250,000 British casualties because U.S and allied soldiers didn’t have to attempt to invade the heavily guarded Japanese territories. Another reason the United States needed to bomb Japan was dominance. The secretary of state thought it would put the U.S. in a dominant position in the postwar and have power over the Germans. The last reason that America needed to bomb
They will pull in their belts another notch and fight to the bitter end. Only by utter physical destruction or utter exhaustion can they be defeated. That is the difference between the Germans and the Japanese. That is what we are up against in fighting Japan.”(Joseph Grew, former ambassador to Japan, 1945). This document conveys that the Japanese wouldn’t back down after multiple warnings, instead they were getting stronger, and therefore the atomic bombs were justified because they were given fair warnings that they did not take it
Research Paper The Bombing of Pearl Harbor Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy… No matter how long it may takes us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory” (President Franklin D. Roosevelt). The Bombing of Pearl Harbor was when Japan sent the kamikazes, suicide pilots, to crash into American ships. Japan did this so that the Americans couldn’t interfere with their invasion into the Dutch East Indies and also into Malaya for their oil and rubber. This happened on December 7, 1941 just outside of Honolulu, Hawaii, on an important naval base of Pearl Harbor. “This attack killed 2,400 soldiers, and left another
Even admiral Ernest King argued, “ if we had been willing to wait... the naval blockade would have starved the japanese into submission through lack of oil, rice.. and other essential materials.” It seemed to me that the bomb was a rash and hasty decision. Power hungry maybe? Dwight Eisenhower agrees saying, “ Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary.” The power of United States was not needed further, and we were withdrawn, yet we still decided to drop the atomic bomb. Over all the dropping of the bomb was a cruel and unneeded decision. The problem could have been solved in a much more peaceful understanding.
In “ Before Hiroshima : The Path Towards total War ; Ronald Takaki discusses the various reasons on why America decided to drop the atomic bombs on Japan and why they felt like dropping bombs were better than having to invade. During the time of World War 2, as the bombs were being dropped on different parts on the country, they were not only killing the men that were fighting in the war, but also killing innocent civilians. General Hap Arnold explaines his point of view on why he thinks using atomic bombing in war should be used only in the proper way. He states in the book that “He did not want to violate the widely held American moral view that war should be fought against soldiers, not civilians”. (Pg.26) We all know that all war is cruel
We had given the Japanese plenty of opportunities to surrender and they didn 't. We had warned them that if they didn 't surrender there would be utter mass destruction placed upon them. They chose to ignore it and brush it off. Japan still didn 't surrender after the first bomb was dropped, the emperor of Japan stepped in and gave the final decision of surrendering only after the second one was dropped. This war would’ve gone on for who knows how
President Truman and his associates believed that if they dropped the bomb they would receive surrender from Japan. Thus, saving millions of American lives, and ending the war. Nevertheless, by saving American lives they would sacrifice thousands of Japanese civilians. They had other idea to have Japan to surrender, but were willing to take the one that would have the most consequences. They were thinking too much about the US instead of creating actually peace within the nations.
America had soon launched a way to get back at Japan for invasion of Pearl Harbor. On August 6th, 1945, America had released an atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. Most people argued how it was a bad idea that the United States dropped an atomic bomb, but America made the right choice. After America had dropped the bomb, the Japanese had surrendered and the was a quick way to end the war. This led America to prove that is strong and that nothing could ever bring the country down.
Yet, he understands that using the bombs would prevent the loss of American soldiers’ lives, especially when the country puts their efforts and resources to build the project (Beyer 64). Hence, the United States need to end the war as soon as possible because everyone knew that Japan was going to lose one or another, yet they continue to keep on fighting until the last man stands. With this being said, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki lead to a peace treaty. In 1951, the U.S. and Japan signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty, stating that Japan can not press for future compensation for the bomb victims (Hoare
Japan was planning on surrender, before the bomb was dropped. One reason was, Japan was getting ready to negotiate a peace settlement, yet Truman still decided to drop the bomb. The U.S. saw they were going to surrender (they knew). The U.S. was able to set up spying devices, and were able to hear some of the plans Japan was negotiating. Moreover, Japan’s not the reason this war started, yet two of their cities were obliterated, and many civilians died for doing nothing.
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor because the United States was the only country able to stop Japanese expansion in the Pacific. The Japanese also chose Pearl Harbor because it was the home of the American pacific fleet. American intervention was important to the war because the United States had the manpower and the massive industry. When in 1943 American industries kicked into gear and the army ranks climbed to millions, the United States became a massive force to be reckoned with. The United States decided to drop the Atomic Bomb because it was the only option that would not cause thousands of American casualties.