The evidence clearly shown through historical documents will justify that the bombings were catastrophic and caused many civilian casualties, but was necessary to end World War II. The first reason that the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were somewhat justified is the the Japanese would not surrender without the bombs being dropped. This is clearly shown by a Japanese slogan in the summer of 1945 that says “The sooner the [the
The man represents the issue many faced after the bomb of helping people or staying and risking their life as well trying to save another person. The bombing of Pearl Harbor targeted the Americans Navy. When America bombed Hiroshima, they did intend to target some Japanese military but mostly destroyed the civilian population. This
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
When the first bomb dropped on Hiroshima, The Enola Gay (a Boeing bomber) observed the smoke, as it engulfed the city within seconds, consuming Japanese supplies, building, and unfortunately people (Document G). Colonel Paul Tibbets Jr. (the pilot of the Enola Gay) exclaimed that his actions and the actions of the United States at this point in the war “saved more lives than we took” (Document L). Though the consequences were immense, and many lives were lost, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary in securing international peace, and an end to a war between Japan and
On the tragic day of August 6, 1945, US Air Force deployed the first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A few days later, the second atomic bomb devastated the city of Nagasaki. These bombs were thought to end the war between Japan and America before other countries could get involved. To this day, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still a source of pain and shame for those afflicted and for those who survived. In the poem, “Hiroshima Exit” by Canadian Writer Joy Kogawa presents a flash back of these events that occurred during World War II.
As stated in document A, President Truman believed that it was his duty as president to use every weapon available to save American lives. By making the decision to employ atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it successfully brought an end to World War II. Now, while these bombs did ultimately spare thousands of American lives, it did also put an end to about 200,000 lives as shown in document E. Document A stated that Admiral William Leahy, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, opposed using the bomb because it killed civilians indiscriminately. He believed that an economic blockade and conventional bombing would convince Japan to surrender. As an opposite end of the spectrum though Truman’s advisor, James Byrnes thought that the use of “the A-bombs would not only cause Japan to surrender, but also impress the Soviet Union, and hopefully stop its expansion” (Doc C).
Being the president of the United States comes with the responsibility of making tough decisions that aren’t always perceived as the best, especially when it involves the war. In 1945, President Harry Truman had to make a difficult decision that ultimately gave americans a leg up in the war. President Harry Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan in WWII is surrounded by much controversy but holds many positive advantages that helped end the war. Presidents Harry Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb posed nearly no significant dilemmas overall. Rightfully, there is no doubt that dropping the atomic bomb on Japan was not only destructive but devastating as well but that was the best choice that Truman had.
There are many reasons why it could be argued that the dropping of the atomic bomb was justified. One reason is that Japan was warned, they were given plenty of opportunities to surrender such as the Potsdam declaration. The Declaration was issued to Japan by President Truman and the Allies of America after America had tested the Atom bomb on July 26th. The declaration was a proposition of surrender to Japan that linked directly to the dropping of the atomic bomb. If Japan agreed to the declaration, America would not drop the atomic bomb and Japan would
The Turing Test v2 In both “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury and Wall-E by Pixar, both nature, and technology possesses the capacity to experience human emotions. After the humans had been eradicated in “T.W.C.S.R,” the house “realized that… only silence was [there],” yet kept on “repeating and repeating its sounds into emptiness” (Bradbury 169-170). On the other hand, nature causes a fire that “in ten billion angry sparks moved with flaming ease from room to room” (Bradbury 172). The house demonstrates its longing and nostalgia for its masters and attempts to deny their absence by repeating its assigned functions. However, the fire holds a deep resentment and hatred for the technology and humans because they cause much destruction
The most potent emotional argument that Crumb creates is in the last image of his comic strip. This image not only embodies the damage our pollution has caused but also the complete urbanization of the piece of world that used to be abundant with life other than humans. This image is also captioned with a singular question, “what next?”. In this manner, this image reeks with the stench of improvement and contains an emotional argument against the calamity of modern innovation: It is inherently emotional because it takes the pride and joy of humanity and debunks it for what it truly has become: a conquest of woe. On the whole, “A Short History of America” uses emotional appeals to further the argument of destructive progress and it is accomplished through the visuals and audio in the short video.
To be able to use the appeal Szilard uses his credibility as a subject matter expert and involvement on the atomic project to make his petition more creditable. How the knowledge, reputation and expertise of a group of men can be used to provide valid points to express why the uses of atomic bombs are not a good idea, Szilard first point in his petition is about his fellow scientist, who also signed the petition, with also a background in the field of atomic power. “We, the undersigned scientists, have been working in the field of atomic power for a number of years.” (Szilard, 1945). I believe Szilard should have elaborated a little more in his point in a way that he could use more facts supporting his background as a scientist in atomic power, doing this he could have made the argument better because the reader in this case the President of the United States nor the people might not be aware of how powerful the use of atomic bombs could be. Szilard appeal to the emotions and feelings when he stated “Atomic power will provide the nations with new means of destruction.
During the end of World War II, few analyzed Truman 's choice to drop the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Most Americans saw the unmistakable considering: the atomic bombings went on the war to an all the more important end. They didn 't have an issue with more than one hundred thousand of the adversary being executed. Taking everything in a record, the Japanese got America, and not the substitute way. In later years, regardless, particular have started to look at the good perspective of "Truman was sparing lives," driving hypotheses of their own.
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.
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
For years after the war and even today, people have debated over a massive question. Should the Americans have dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII? There may never be a correct answer. In my own opinion, the U.S. made no mistake in dropping the two nuclear bombs on Japan. We had given the Japanese plenty of opportunities to surrender and they didn 't.