The relationship between the United States and Japan was very hostile in the 1940’s. Japan, Germany, and Italy were trying to conquer the world. December 7, 1941 was a day that will never be forgotten as Japan sent many planes to attack the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The planes killed more than 2,300 Americans and completely destroyed the pact between them. The Japanese flew suicide missions to cause as much damage as possible.
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki devastated the people of these cities. This, however, ended the conflict between the U.S. and Japan, but was it a good idea for the U.S.? Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed, and over one-hundred fifty thousand people were killed in the atomic bombings of Japan. The bombings by the United States were necessary because Japan was a powerful adversary that the United States needed to overcome in order to defeat Germany. They had started World War Two and put the Jewish people and gypsies and people they deemed not good enough for society in concentration camps.
Three days later, on August 9th, 1945, America dropped another bomb on Nagasaki with the code name “Fat Man”. As many as 200,000 deaths were caused by “Little Boy” alone and many people would die of radiation for years to come. The dropping of the Atom bomb on Hiroshima is an extremely debatable issue with no right or wrong answer. In this essay I will describe both sides to the argument then conclude using my final opinion on whether I am for or against the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. There are many reasons why it could be argued that the dropping of the atomic bomb was justified.
As the context of the clip flutters in things begin to seem more understandable in the sense that this course of action was necessary. On December 8th of 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt produced a declaration of war speech entitled “Day of Infamy Speech” in response to the bombing of military bases in Pearl Harbor the day before. Roosevelt detailed that the premeditated Japanese strike came out of nowhere and were especially dishonorable as the United States was at peace with that nation. This instance set the stage for many lives to be lost as the land of the rising sun attempted to extend its horizons all across the Earth. In his speech, Roosevelt stated in no uncertain terms that Hostilities exist and that it becomes necessary to take action to make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Theoretically of course, what if a country was to develop a weapon strong enough to completely disintegrate cities and all the people living in it? Coincidently, the United states discovered a bomb that did exactly that and ended up thrusting the world into a new era of weaponized technology towards the end of World War II. Countries from this point on became wary of opposing the United States, aware of the power they possessed, especially since the US had already used this weapon on Japan to end the war. However, the Japanese were committed to fight to the bitter end of the war and see it all the way through, regardless of the fact that the United States demanded unconditional surrender from the small country of islands. This further emphasizes that since the Japanese were not simply going to give up, Truman came to the conclusion that in order to save millions of lives, he had to take thousands.
Spain sent General “Butcher” Weyler to control the situation in Cuba, so America sent the navy battleship called the USS Maine to the area to protect American investments. At first, the battleship USS Maine had no hostility, but until the Maine exploded at 9:40 pm on February 15, 1898 in Havana Harbor. There was 260 American naval personnel be killed on that ship. There was difference explanation of the explosion. Some people stated that the Maine was hit or blown up by the Spanish Navy, however, others said that the ton coal bunker exploded.
At this point, the Japanese had revoked their right to any form of mercy. This idea is primarily based on their unwarranted assault on Pearl Harbor very shortly after peaceful collaborations with America; a blatant betrayal. Furthermore, they had abused and kicked American men who were already battered and at their knees during the war. A prime example of this use of excessive force can be seen in the Bataan Death March where American POWs were forced to endure inhumane conditions.The Japanese stripped themselves of
On August 15, Japan surrendered unconditionally. President Truman decision to drop these atomic bombs on these cities changed the course of history and modern warfare. After this pivotal moment begun an arms race to develop the most nuclear bombs between many nations. The decision to drop the atomic bombs over Japanese cities had to involve a lot of pros and cons. This paper will discuss the reason why the bombs were dropped, how historians look back on that decision, how the culture of the time affected that decision, and what, in my opinion, was the deciding factor.
When you think of internment camps in World War II and the discrimination of an entire race, you probably think of the Nazi’s mass genocide of the Jewish people. However, not nearly as often discussed or taught, was the American discrimination of Japanese-Americans in the form of Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Due to the terrible attack on Pearl Harbor, the American public became paranoid of another attack on American soil and as a result of this, war hysteria overtook the country. Anti- Japanese paranoia increased due to a large Japanese presence in the West Coast. The American people thought of the Japanese Americans as a security risk in the event of a Japanese invasion of the American mainland.
This is one reason why he gave his famous Infamy Speech in which he said, “The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.”(Roosevelt 1941). Roosevelt saying that americans understood the implications is very true. According to a Life Magazine article published in 1940, 56.4 percent of people thought that Germany and Italy would win the war (Life Magazine, 1940). Another statistic from Life magazine shows that 66.9 percent of people polled thought that if Germany and Italy won the United States would be in danger (Life Magazine, 1940). These statistics show that the American people were afraid of the Axis powers and the danger the Axis army posed to the American people.