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 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
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.
The opening scene of Hiroshima Mon Amour starts off with Him and Her embracing each other. Their bodies are joined and the spectator cannot tell where His and Her body begins and where it ends. Under the enfolding ashes of the devastating nuclear bomb they become one, even though they are from different cultures with different values and beliefs. Despite the variances in culture, both of them share the trauma and anxiety of World War II. The subsequent scenes have a documentary aspect about the consequences of the atomic bomb to establish a background and feelings He and She cannot easily break away from.
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).
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
How would you feel if one day you were told to leave your whole life behind to live in captivity just because people halfway across the world did something wrong? This horror story was all too true for the thousands of Japanese Americans alive during World War II. Almost overnight, thousands of proud Japanese Americans living on the west coast were forced to leave their homes and give up the life they knew. The United States government was not justified in the creation of Japanese internment camps because it stripped law-abiding American citizens of their rights out of unjustified fear. 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.
Lan told Kien, “‘What a cruel time… and so very long. The war swept away so many people’” (52). When she says this she feels her own pain, but also pain for others. She knows that there are women like her that are grieving for the loss of loved ones because of war. Throughout the war Lan lost many people and she tells Kien that he is the only one to come back.
The Holocaust was the worst thing to ever take place in history. Many people lost their faith, their family, young children lost their innocence, and many, young and old, lost their life. These weren’t the only things that got lost during the war; many lost their mind as well. Whether it was losing your family or for hunger these people suffered a great deal. In the concentration camps, many people got separated from their families and that torn them apart.
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