Essay On Japanese Alienation

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Soon after the Great Depression, the world had gotten thrown into yet another global turmoil: the rise of Nazi Fascism, and the war raging on in Europe from 1939 through 1945 and in Asia from 1941 to 1945, and few countries on mentioned continents in addition to the United States were left unscathed. In the 1940 's, relations between Japan and the US began to deteriorate; The US had been consistently aiding China in their war with Japan, and when Japan conquered French Indochina in the summer of 1941, President Roosevelt ordered an immediate embargo on all trade with Japan which alienated the Japanese even further as it disrupted a major oil supply for the island nation. This deteriorating relation came to a climax when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on a Hawaiian American naval base of Pearl Harbor, with the goal of weakening their naval strength, on December 7th, 1941, leaving the US in shock. Known as the “day that would live in infamy”, the attack on Pearl Harbor had left 2,403 Americans deceased with over 1,000 of those lives perishing on…show more content…
I do not believe the United States was justified in the demolition and demise of Japanese citizens and structures. The United States could have looked into other means of encouraging Japanese surrender. In fact, the Japanese were aware they were clearly losing the war in the Pacific, and offered to surrender on August 3rd, but because it was not an 'unconditional ' surrender, the offer was rejected, paying true to the U.S. 's 13 Consequences, which proclaimed, “Following are our terms. We will not deviate from them. There are no alternatives. We shall brook no delay.” The Japanese had viewed their emperor to be a God, and any agreement for surrender would have to ensure the safety of the emperor, otherwise the Japanese would not agree to it. They had chose willingly to brush off Japan 's offer of a surrender and chose to irreparably scar Japanese citizens with the atomic bomb, a decision I cannot endorse nor
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