The debate over the legitimacy of the atomic bombings of Japan generally revolves around what it was going to take to get Japan to agree to an unconditional surrender and what that might cost in American and Japanese lives. Those who supported the use of the bomb took the utilitarian view that it would end the war quickly and thereby save even greater numbers of American and Japanese lives by avoiding an Allied invasion of the home islands. In the context of The Just War Theory, however, the issue still comes down to the legitimacy of targeting civilians in industrial cities this line had already been crossed. Utilitarian considerations, such as the doctrine of double effect, only apply if the intended target is indeed military. Strategic bombing in World War II essentially was a decision to kill people not because of their military role, but because of their nationality.
The written work of Eri Hotta entitled Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy, narrated the succession of events which took place between Japanese officials and leaders which led to the attack of Pearl Harbor. It showed the political unrest and civic instability of Japan that resulted into the bombing. Eventually, such attack was not condoned by the military forces of the United States and they countered the aggression by also bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thousands of lives were lost and destroyed. Accordingly, the “ Japanese Emperor Hirohito was one of the Japanese officials who expressed reservations about going to war” (Timms).
Now that is my example of how the ends justifies the means. The President of the USA, and perhaps high officers had to weigh the ends so as to justify the means of how to bring an end to war with Japan. Japan started it by bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. I am certain no sane Americans wished to kill thousands of Japanese people, as well as innocent kids. However, the war may have continued on for years.
The Bombing of Hiroshima The bombing of Hiroshima was the right thing to do due to the military lives that were going to be lost if the bomb did not get dropped, America also wanted to impress Russia or intimidate them by dropping it and the president saw this opportunity to make japan surrender as well. This all supports the main point on why it was the right thing to do but many to all Japanese say otherwise Lots of soldiers lost their lives because of the conflict with japan, in document B, it states,”123,000 Japanese and Americans killed each other”. Paul Fussell, a WWII soldier also stated, ”war is immoral, war is cruel”. This is speaking for all the soldiers in the war or most of them, this also means that he doesn’t like war and it would
Furthermore, the United States should do more to compensate the families of those impacted by internment because the recompense provided initially was minimal and should be considered an affront to the memory of the victims. Prior to World War II, the 127,000 Japanese-Americans along America’s west coast (Japanese American Relocation and Internment Camps) were considered just another immigrant group coming to America searching for a better life. However, with the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, this perception soon saw a drastic change. The attack on the US Naval base on December 7th, 1941 left many casualties in its wake. In total over 2,400 were dead, and over 1,000 were injured in the onslaught; the attack also saw the destruction of eight battleships, three light cruisers and destroyers, and four other naval vessels (Civil Rights, Japanese Americans).
Since Japan was a rising power they saw one country in the way from keeping their empire secure, the United States of America. Hence the attacked pearl harbor. Japan did this without thinking about the consequences that would later come. Unfortunately for Japan, the U.S. decided to end the war with two nuclear bombs, little boy, and fat man. These two bombs devastated Japan and caused them to surrender.
The effect and impact of the atomic bombing of the Japanese people are understudied. Hiroshima demonstrated the power America’s atomic bomb and is often celebrated for its power, but commentary about the human consequences on the “hibakusha” is shunned from the larger narrative of World War II. In Japan, "hibakusha" means "the people affected by the explosion." It is crucial to include and study the “hibakusha” to understand and grasp the damage that a nuclear war can inflict on those involved. The medical and social effects of the bomb altered the lives of many Japanese civilians and these individuals are forgotten in World War II’s narrative.
Introduction For decades there has been a great controversy as to whether or not the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified. It is often argued that these bombings were hideous atrocities the likes of which the world has never seen before, ones born of a nation’s thirst for vengeance and desire to exhibit its military and technological superiority. Some argue that though the bombings brought about the end to the Second World War, the deaths of more than two hundred thousand people cannot be a justifiable sacrifice. Others disagree completely and state that these deaths were a small price to pay to end the war that had ravaged millions more. And so, debates regarding this topic have flourished since those fateful days 70 years
The opposition would claim that the people were aware of a bomb and that the Japanese committed similar crimes by attacking pearl harbor. As for the claim that an attack was justified, one crime cannot justify another. And for the claim that the Japanese knew of the invasion, If all the 15 countries that Hitler invaded had pamphlets tossed at them from the sky warning them of an invasion just hours before he started his campaign would we still think of him as a murderer? would a warning change the fact that Hitler was a war criminal? as the evidence would later prove, Truman knew fairly well of that the initial targets of his Fat Man and Little Boy were not purely military because otherwise he would not have ordered dropping of pamphlets warning the citizens of an invasion.
Analysis and Reflection on Nazi Revolution “Deliberate before you begin, then execute with vigor”. Hitler followed this folk adage and implements it well. However, his behavior is not in a good faith. It is hard to imagine that an ineducation person took the whole country as a war apparatus to achieve his horrible goal. Human beings need to reflect on that terrifying disaster.
The dropping of the bombs were necessary and fair due to the refusal of the Japanese to surrender, the millions of lives saved by a quick end to the war, and the warnings given to the Japanese. To begin, the Japanese soldiers have it ingrained in their brains that it is dishonorable to surrender. The author of Drop the Bomb as agreed by saying that “the Japanese have demonstrated a willingness to fight to the death”. During the war there were many times for the Japanese to surrender, but it was never done. With this in mind, they would have continued to drag out the war, which shows that dropping the bombs sped up the war which lessened the casualties.
naval base Pearl Harbor, for no reason. The biggest reason for attacking Pearl Harbor was that the Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor’s fleet, was the only thing that stood in the way of Japan taking over the South Pacific. At first, Japan wanted to destroy China, because of their marketing, but it soon became much bigger than that(Pearl Harbor). World domination was their main goal. Another reason for the attack was our relationship with Japan, for at the time war was inevitable between us and Japan.
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.
That show how racist people are! In the Justice Denied Report, the author writes, “ Widespread ignorance of Japanese Americans contributed to a policy conceived in haste and executed in an atmosphere of fear and anger at Japan.” This shows that Americans were scared of Japanese Americans and they were placed in camps because of this fear. Japan did bomb USA in WWll, but Japanese americans had nothing to do with it, it was their government 's decisions not theirs. Even known that there was no spies we should still be scared. By scared i don’t mean to lock up Japaneses like what the U.S. did in
Thus, America joins World War Two. Although a tragic experience for most the bombing of Pearl Harbor was very important. The Bombing eliminated America’s isolationist ways. After the attack, America got this sense of patriotism that gave people the desire to fight japan. Others were so upset that they started making prejudices against Japanese-Americans.