It’s just an estimate, to get people amazed and betrayed by Harry Truman because it was supposedly half a million. “The hellish firebombing of Tokyo in March 1945 killed some 250,000 civilians and maimed huge numbers more.” although this is not about Hiroshima or Nagasaki, it 's still pretty tragic that the U.S. did that. Why couldn’t they just settle down and sort things out? By using pathos, Shepherd is able to appeal to the readers emotions through his words and possibilities. Shepherd uses statics, trying to persuade the readers that the bombings weren’t necessary.
Ships damaged/destroyed. This was also a big reason for the A-bomb because it was unnecessary for Japan to kill so many American lives and property, all because they were upset that former president Franklin D. Roosevelt interfered with Japan’s internal affairs. If that was their main reason, they could have figured some thing out through words, not actions like this one, It was necessary for the dropping of the Atomic bomb because the attack on Pearl Harbor needed to be payed back. Aside from the war, America would get revenge any ways, even one that would end the war
Name: Course Instructor: Class: Date: Critical Book Review: Prompt and Utter Destruction Introduction Within weeks, word on the US dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki began to spread that the main reason behind the bombs was to save the lives of Americans (Bernard). It was put that hundreds of thousands of American military causalities were saved through the bombings. Lives that would have been lost through invasion of Japan were saved, in addition to maintaining that both military and civilian Japanese causalities were prevented through the atomic bombs that contributed to the end of the war (Norris). However, was the word true? In the Prompt & Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan, historian J. Samuel Walker provides an
If I was president during World War II, and the same circumstances were in effect, I would have used the atomic bomb on the Japanese. I would have dropped the bombs because, going forth into an invasion, would have put more American lives at risk. Even though the bombs killed over 200,000 Japanese civilians, putting troops in Japan would cause casualties towards America and Japan, and would not guarantee the Japanese would surrender. If we sent troops to Japanese home land, the war would have lasted for a longer time than it would have, or even put the war at a stalemate because the Japanese would constantly fight for their emperor until the last man, if we did not use the atomic bomb. In that regard, dropping the bomb was the best way and the right decision to be used as a means to end World War
The military would tell their soldiers that the kamikaze attacks were for the good of their country, which led the soldiers to believe that their patriotism and pride was more important than their own lives. The Japanese’s apathy for their people and their inhumane warfare needed to be stopped. The US found significant issues with firing of an atomic bomb, such as the civilian casualties it could cause and the post-war problems it could create with the Russians. Despite the possible repercussions of the atomic bomb, Truman would be right to fire off the atomic bomb into a major Japanese city. He would be right to do this because of how it would protect the american citizens from future attacks on American soil.
Despite the amount of research done on atomic weapons, no one could have accurately predicted the effect that the atomic bombs would have on Hiroshima and Nagasaki after being dropped. Moreover, the Japanese were prepared to lose every soldier they had because of their firm belief in, “’Ketsu-go,’ decisive battle,” (4.2:04) which had already cost them hundreds of thousands of military and civilian lives. In an attempt to avoid any more bloodshed than necessary, The United States chose to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two of Japan’s most
Those Americans did have family and people they cared about, but did Japan hesitate? No. The U.S was justified when they dropped the first bomb on Hiroshima. Killing people, is wrong of course; but imagine how many more lives would have been taken if the U.S didn’t end the war in a quick fashion? Having the war drag on for years would cause more destruction of lives than needed.
President Truman was unjust in using atomic bombs during World War II because the bombs were both barbaric and not necessary. To begin, the of atomic bombs was unjust because the effects of the bombs were horrific and inhumane. After the release of the atomic bombs Fat Man and Little Boy on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there was mass building destruction and over 200,000 deaths with the majority of the survivors infected with cancer. The effect of radiation poisoning was awful, and the bomb blasts brutally killed many innocent people. Plus, there are many visual side effects of radiation poisoning, and people with these symptoms were shunned from the general public for being different.
They turned makeup companies like Revlon into a bullet making company for the war. The war ultimately brought America out of the great depression. This was a great thing for America however it never would have happened without the attack on pearl harbor. The attack on pearl harbor on December 7th 1941 put America fully into the war instead of just supplying for allies. “Japanese Americans faced more racial discrimination than the people of German or Italian ancestry because they were of nonwhite, non-European ancestry.” ( History Alive 454) Since the Japanese bombed pearl harbor everyone thought that Japanese Americans could have been Japanese spies.
The strategic bombing’s significance during the Second World War had a greater impact on Germany towards the end of the war as oppose to the start of the war since the Allies had technologically advanced. This enabled the Allies to inflict greater damage on Germany due to higher accuracy and increase in production of bombs. At the start of WW2, September 1939, it was clear that the Allies bombing campaign wasn’t prepared well. Bomber Command only had 488 light-bombers and only a few bombs bigger than 250 pounds. As a result, the bombs were too small to even make minimal damage on the Germans and the Allies had experienced rising losses.
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.
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.
Dropping this bomb caused thousands of innocent lives to be lost and even more so people to be injured but live. As said in the text,” it killed about 160000 people and 80% of the cities buildings…(nagasaki) the death toll there was less but still over 100000”. The problem was America was already kicking a horse that was down. Japan had already been almost defeated and the bomb was just a huge overkill. 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.
When the United States of America bombed Japan, many innocent lives were taken as collateral damage to the war. “The first bomb dropped on Japan took more than 70,000 lives” (Hiroshima). The second atom bomb deployed on Japan named the Big Boy didn’t claim as many lives but still took 40,000 almost instantly. Many of the survivors were left homeless, jobless, and most felt stranded as a result of everything they loved and cared for just incinerated before their eyes. Even with all the lives lost during the first bombing most of the government officials of Japan wanted to continue the fighting with the Allies, but soon after America dropped the second bomb then about 25% of the Japanese officials wanted to continue the fighting.
In the United States, it is often taught that the use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the deciding factor for the Japanese to surrender during World War II. However, upon closer inspection that may not be the reason why. For example, by the time both cities were destroyed Japan had already lost dozens of cities to American fire bombs and conventional raids. As a result, the only difference between the cities that were previously burned and Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the type of weapon used. Therefore,the Japanese government was aware and accustomed to loosing cities and large number of civilian lives.