A treacherous race of terror started soon after the decision was materialized. Some critics are of the opinion that Japanese were ready to surrender and that the decision of dropping atomic bombs was utterly pointless. Militarists view it as discrimination on the basis of ethnicity as no such violent act has ever been committed against white people. On the other hand, the diplomats of America had clandestine objectives. In order to contain the Soviets, the atomic bomb was used to deliver a message that they should not underestimate the Americans, who are capable of defending themselves and can go to any extent in order to preserve their sovereignty.
Truman has stated it was the only decision at the time. Given the choice between millions of American lives being lost in a prolonged war or dropping the atomic bomb, some historians agree with Truman’s decision. While the decision was based on a militaristic view, some historians and Truman’s peers at the time agree with his decision. “The longer the war lasted, the more Americans killed." Robert J. Donovan (1977), author of an extensive history of the Truman presidency, Conflict and Crisis.
On July 26, 1945, Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender (Potsdam Declaration) was presented by the President of the United States, the President of the National Government of the Republic of China, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain. This Potsdam Declaration was issued to give Japan a chance to terminate the war by making them accept it. Then, the leader of the Soviet Union later signed the Potsdam Proclamation and decided to join the war. Although Japanese leaders had already knew that they would not achieve a victory in this war, they did not confirm the declaration until atomic bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States and ended up accepting the unconditional surrender on August 15th of the same year. Despite of their circumstances, they did not want to surrender as it was regarded as a political act and it was not same as defeat (Hasegawa 2005).
U.S. President Harry S. Truman, discouraged by the Japanese response to the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender, made the decision to use the atom bomb to end the war in order to prevent what he predicted would be a much greater loss of life were the United States to invade the Japanese mainland. (Michael R.) There were more than 90,000 stable buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was
This further emphasizes that since the Japanese were not simply going to give up, Truman came to the conclusion that in order to save millions of lives, he had to take thousands. President Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to warn the world about the new found power of the United States, force an unconditional surrender of the Japanese, and save millions of lives. With the controversy over whether or not Truman should have dropped the bomb, some consider the decision irrational and unnecessary. However what these sceptics don 't realize is that the use of the atomic bomb not only helped end the war, but facilitated the dominance of the United States that the Japanese finally gave in to. In the section titled, NOTES OF THE INTERIM
Japan has since then been a neutral country, not interfering with any foreign conflicts. But with North Korea in such close proximity to Japan, along with their constant harassment, especially in the form of testing nuclear missiles, it is no surprise the Japanese people are starting to lean towards a nationalistic government, calling for the trepushing for a stronger military like the ones from the Japanese empire during World War II. Prime Minister Abe, who also
Although many people were killed because of the Manhattan Project, the bombs were requisite in ending the war before war got out of hand. By the end of World War II, the countries with the most casualty in World War II were USSR and China (World War 2 Death Count) instead of Japan, even though the bomb supposedly killed many Japanese. If President Truman did not respond to Japan’s attack by taking any actions like dropping the bombs, even more innocent lives would have been taken away by further
The bomb was designed to attack japan both psychologically and destructively. the whole point was to stop the war. the reason why we dropped a larger amount was to create a larger psychological impact, forcing Japan to surrender. 5. Were you not aware of the possible damage and collateral damage of the bomb?
On August 6, 1945 the world changed as U.S President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. A difficult decision to make but, Truman made the right one in effort to preserve his own interest of American lives and resources and to swiftly end a war against the aggressive Japanese; while Japan was near to yielding, the assurance the atomic bomb brought of their Empire’s surrender was too vital against such a vicious opponent. Truman dropped the bomb to spare the lives of his own American soldiers; it is not that Truman had disregard for Japanese lives, but that the Japanese had no regard for American lives fueling his decision. This can be seen in his speech after dropping the bomb, “We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned the pretense of obeying international laws of warfare” (Truman 1). At this point, the Japanese had revoked their right to any form of mercy.
He took the side of those who shared his beliefs. Truman’s main goal was to contain the Soviet Union’s power and keep the U.S on top. The United States was the first country to create nuclear weapons. The atomic bomb was seen as a threat to other countries, thus making the owners superior. As president, Truman was faced with the decision whether to use it on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.