Melanee Ramirez Pier 1 History May 5 , 2023 The controversies of the atomic bomb On August 6 1945 an American B-29 bomber named “Enola Gay” left the island of Tinian for Hiroshima Japan with the first atomic bomb “little boy”. After brutal deaths and destruction 3 days later another American B-29 bomber ‘block car” left the Tinian carrying “fat man” the second atomic bomb. 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 According to sources it has been said that President Truman had 3 other options for efforts of bringing about Japan's surrender in the second world war. 2 While these options were potential choices they were just as much of a slippery slope.3 It has been said that if one of these options were chosen the war would have gone longer and caused more casualties & destruction than the atomic bombings. 4 However before the use of the atomic bomb General Dwight D. Eisenhower recalled later saying that Japan was already harshly defeated and that there was no use of the atomic bomb the way things were going. …show more content…
Before the bomb was used the U.S. let Japan know that the emperor could stay on as a figurehead. And when the Soviet army attacked. The U.S. did not tell Japan that the emperor could remain. And the Soviets declared war on August 8th. U.S. officials chose not to stop and think through if this was right or
Justification of the Atomic Bomb Did Truman have enough justified reasons in dropping the Atomic bomb to end the war? On April 12 President Roosevelt died, vice president Truman had to take office and was suddenly forced to gain total victory over Japan. He had two options, the first one was to invade Japan with the planned Operation Downfall, he found out about his second option 12 days after he became president, after this weapon was explained in detail Truman immediately began to see the diplomatic implications of the bomb. To end the war the Atomic Bomb over Japan was totally necessary. “In conclusion, I would like to explain why Japanese soldiers do not surrender.
Looking at the statistics and charts during the war, the Unites States was already winning the war and the body count and death rate was way lower than the japanese where. If the U.S army stuck to the Island hopping campaign or operation downfall than the war would've still been won by the U.S. History would've turned out way different if the president did not give the order to fire the bomb. Maybe we could of had more allies. President Truman was not justified because of the way that he didn’t really have a plan,There were so many other operations and plans that could've works only if they tried or thought more clearly.(option #1: Invade Japan (operation downfall) President truman could have took many different paths instead of dropping the bomb and ending the war and frightening the Russians.
With roughly two weeks of formal experience as the leader of the nation during a very tumultuous time, President Truman had to devise a way to end the war in Japan. When it comes down to the justification for a decision as grand as this, one has to look at the facts and understand that Truman’s decision was definitely something he had to mull over in his mind for quite some time. The understanding truly comes from the fact that Truman was made aware of the Manhattan Project only two weeks after he became President, and told by his advisors that he must make a decision. World War II, at the time, had already began to show signs of ending; however, this was because of most of the Axis Powers had been dealt with, save Japan. Despite the United States’ plea for Japan to accept an unconditional surrender, the pure brutality and honor that they possessed never ceased to exist, even though many were aware of their ineluctable downfall.
The Japanese were practically defeated with limited resources (Alperovitz, 6); so the war would have ended quickly without a bomb (Walker, 7). Especially if the Soviets attacked, as Japanese leaders feared Soviet power (Alperovitz, 7). While some military leaders were against any use of the bombs, it was a necessary decision to spare many more casualties for Americans and the
Truman did not utilize his power well while faced with the decision to drop the bomb. This is because there were other ways to solve the problem, and it was savage and brutal. The relationship between Japan and America will never be the same. It was so inhumane to drop the bomb.
He saw the bomb as a way to end the war and save lives by avoiding a costly invasion (Smithsonian 56). He was worried that getting caught up in an invasion would have caused the United States to lose many more troops. An invasion would show the United States was not giving up without a fight, it also would have made the death toll rise. If Truman did use the atomic bomb instead of invading, the American death toll would be much smaller, however the Japanese death toll would skyrocket, especially that of innocent people. Historians believe Truman did not decide to use the atomic bomb to solely finish off Japan, but to show the Soviet Union how powerful the United States really was (Thomas and Elliott).
Japan was very close to collapsing and they knew that if they didn’t make this agreement they would have to fight till the death, which is exactly what they did, Japan chose not to surrender. People also believe that Truman was justified to use the bomb because people believe that if he didn’t Japan would have used theirs and then we would have been hurting. Japan was very close to discovering this weapon and would have been very quick to use it. All of this was simply a race and the survival of the
They believe the bomb was a message to the Soviet Union to back down, since they had just entered the war against Japan. In this respect, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki might of been the beginning of the Cold War (The Decision to Drop the Bomb.). Although the use of the bombs were detrimental to the American victory over Japan in World War II, there were many anti-bomb protesters that argued that the bombings were unethical, illegal, and just plain wrong. Ralph Raico stated that, “The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime worse than any that Japanese generals were executed for in Tokyo and Manila. If Harry Truman was not a war criminal, then
The president and the Allied powers gave further warning about the bomb and even issued a final compromise, Japan still didn’t do anything and refused to cooperate, which forced the US to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. Even though the bomb caused the deaths of many innocent civilians, it still caused less deaths than how many would have remained if they didn’t drop the bomb, and they also explain how Japan refused to cooperate and only lied and committed many war crimes and atrocities. The bomb was dropped also because of all the war crimes the Japanese committed. The Japanese military committed many atrocities. The article contradicts, “Opponents of the bomb were adamant that there were other options available to the
Even though the demand clearly stated if there was refusal to this surrender there would be total destruction, the Japanese military command declined the unconditional surrender. This resulted in Truman making the deathly decision of nearly 150,000 Japanese civilians being vaporized by the enormous blast of the atomic bombs. Some people say that there were also other options that could have been used, but they may not have been the best. Truman Bomb 4 Truman was very limited to any solutions for peace due to the Japanese refusing the unconditional surrender. There were really only four options that President Truman was forced to consider.
Much consideration and thought had to go into this decision. World War II had been going on for four years. Many casualties on both sides occurred. Many factors led to the dropping of the bomb including Pearl Harbor, it ended the war quickly which would save more lives, and the Japanese weren’t going to stop fighting. President Truman’s decision to drop the bombs was the right thing to do because it happened for the better.
The war could easily end if the atomic bomb was dropped yet many innocent people would be killed. Truman had 2 other options to consider, he could send American troops to Japan but was at risk of many casualties. Truman's last option was to drop the bomb and give Japan a warning prior to using the bomb which is exactly what the president decided on. Although using the bomb brought the war to a quick end, not only did the U.S. not give a proper warning to Japan, but many innocent people died.
The opportunity to drop the bomb came in the summer of 1945, when the US had taken all of the surrounding islands to the Japanese mainland. Two bombs were dropped on two separate cities: Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. The blasts instantly killed an estimated 120,000 people, with another 95,000 dying from the radiation spread by the bombs. While the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan took many thousands of innocent civilians lives, the United States still made the right decision, as the dropping of the bomb gave the United States a leg up in the inevitable Cold War against the USSR. and the amount of lives saved by quickly ending the war exceeded the amount taken by the
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.
There were 2 atomic bomb that was dropped in the World War II. The 2 atomic bombs is called The Fat Man and The Little Boy. Little boy was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. An American B-29 (a type of plane) called the "Enola Gay" was piloted by Paul W. Tibbets, dropped a uranium atomic bomb that is called The Little Boy, the bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb with its name Little Boy on Hiroshima, Hiroshima was Japan's seventh largest city. In minutes, half of the city was destroyed.