(source 2)AKA THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE AGAINST THE DECISION EVEN THOUGH THEY WANTED THE WAR TO END They wanted a quick end to the war and agreed that the use of the atomic bombs would be an effective method but they believed it was unjustified to do so on Japan.(source 2) Unless the details of the attack were made public and Japan was given an opportunity to surrender, the atomic bomb attack would not be justified. (source 2) The sheer possibility of the use of atomic bombs would be enough to keep Japan at bay.(source 2) “The added material strength which this lead gives to the United States brings with it the obligation of restraint and if we were to violate this obligation our moral position would be weakened in the eyes of the world and in our eyes. ”(source
During harry S. Truman's presidency he was faced with one of the most world altering decisions in the war against japan. The use of atomic weapons would set an example of the united states of america’s military strength,power and knowledge of a very destructive technology. It was necessary for president Truman to drop the atomic bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for these reasons. American soilders were tired from the four years of fighting and a surrender from Japan was not in sight.. In (Doc L) it says the bomb saved more lives than killed people in the end, President Truman needed to retaliate for their attack on Pearl Harbor and the bomb would just end the war more quicker.
This resulted in the surrender of the Japanese on August 14, 1945. Military analyst suggest that Japan was on their knees, and about to surrender. The atomic bombs were unnecessary. Later, critics even stated that the atomic bombs were a form of racism, and it would have never happened if it were on white Americans. Truman insisted that his decision was a military action, and should not be looked at any other way.
You see a blast six miles away as bright as the sun, then the ground shakes tremendously. You just saw an atom bomb go off over Hiroshima, Japan. Prior to this day President Truman gave orders to drop the atomic bomb to try ending world two. Truman was justified to drop the atomic bomb to end the war because it was planned strategically, he had good political reasoning, and he had good moral points as to why it was okay in dropping the bomb.
However, it is also true that the bombs led to Japan’s surrender, saving countless lives that would have been lost in a land invasion or continued war. Critics may say that Truman’s decision was unnecessary, as Japan was already on the brink of surrender. However, this argument ignores the fact that Japan had not officially surrendered and there was a significant resistance within the Japanese military to surrender. It also fails to consider the potential consequences of a land invasion, which would have been devastating for both American and Japanese forces. In other words, Truman’s decision to drop the bombs was also criticized for its humanitarian consequences.
This investigation will answer the following question: “To what extent were Truman’s nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified?” There were two sources that tremendously shaped this essay. The essential secondary source that shaped this essay, was the monograph Why America Dropped The Atomic Bomb written by Ronald Takaki in 1995. Takaki, a post-revisionist historian stated that the purpose for his monograph was to explain the reasons behind Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The origin of the monograph is that, Ronald Takaki being a post-revisionist and a third generation American with Japanese descent had a more open mind.
Though the US attempted to justify that these bombs were to end WW2 as quickly as possible to shorten the extent of people's lives being taken and destroyed, this is entirely untrue; there was a better plan that would have had the same effect. According to President Truman and others as a part of his administration, The atomic bombings were necessary to cut the war in the Pacific short, avoiding the US invasion of Japan and saving thousands upon thousands of Americans. 1
Japan had to accept unconditional surrender; if they disagreed with that request, America would drop the bomb. What made the Japanese surrender was the retention of their emperor; anything else couldn’t have forced a Japanese surrender, including the attack of the atomic bomb. As Japan's Prime Minister Suzuki spelled out on June 9, 1945. “Should the Emperor system be abolished, they [the Japanese people] would lose all reason for existence…. [and have] no choice but to go on fighting to the last man” (Butow).
August 6th and 9th, 1945 were the dates that marked on Japanese’s hearts, and Americans as well. Those were the dates that Japan had an obliteration with in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanese soldiers and innocent people of different races were killed grossing over 121,000 deaths. Some people would say it was an excellent idea and some people would it was THE worst idea. There was a discussion, a debate rather on whether or not to resort the use of the atomic bombs.
Was America Justified in dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945? On August 6th, 1945 at 8:16 AM, a great yet horrific event in history occurred. This event is known as the dropping of the atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, the event that would begin and end the pain and suffering of millions. The atom bomb was dropped by an American B-29 Superfortress bomber named Enola Gay and
The Atomic bombing in Japan, WWII The atomic bomb that was dropped by America and the USA had many Valid Reasons for used on Japan in World War Two, 1945. The USA Americans had the help of many scientist known as Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi and Richard Feynman. Many research was put against the first atomic bomb that took up to 7 years to conduct, starting from 1938-1945. The USA Americans dropped the first atomic bomb called 'Little Boy' on the city of Japan known to be Hiroshima on August the 6th 1945. Knowing the first bomb being dropped on Hiroshima, three days later on the 9th of August 1945, the USA Americans dropped the second bomb called 'Fat Man' and was dropped on Nagasaki.
Truman’s Decision President Truman was justified in his decision to drop the atomic bombs in Japan. Truman faced many pros and cons of his decision, however, the pros outweighed the cons. There were very few alternatives to the extreme, the casualties in the Pacific were growing and the rate the war it would save lives. Although, there were many lives lost Truman made the right decision for his country.
President Truman was treating people even worst by putting them through the torture of the bomb and the resulting effects of the bomb. Time became a major factor into the decision, and dropping the bomb was a result of that fear. On the other side of the argument, the Japanese did bomb Pearl Harbor which was the catalyst that got America involved in the first place. We as a country should not need to compromise with the nation who started the battle.
According to an excerpt from Three Narratives of our Humanity, “It is hard to imagine that the Japanese would have surrendered without the atomic bomb”. The bomb was a necessary step in the war to defeat the ever growing Japanese military. Dropping a bomb seemed like the most efficient way to kill a large amount of the Japanese without having to but insert thousands of American soldiers into enemy territory. According to a World War II veteran, “The people who preferred invasion to A-bombing seemed to have no intention of proceeding to the Japanese fronts
(Special to The New,York Times. ) On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, the second atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki. Over 220,000 people were killed instantly or within months by these two bombs. The power of atomic bombs shocked everyone during that time.