Over 180,000 Japanese were killed in these two bombings and thousands more died later due to radiation sickness (Langley 84). However, when the United States was suffering through a dark period, it is a fair decision to use atomic weapons to shorten the amount of casualties. United States President Truman knew of the way the Japanese fought. They fought to the death, and they were brutal to the prisoners of war. Besides, United States had suffered the loss of over 418,000 lives, both military and civilian (Perry 286).
Introduction For decades there has been a great controversy as to whether or not the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified. It is often argued that these bombings were hideous atrocities the likes of which the world has never seen before, ones born of a nation’s thirst for vengeance and desire to exhibit its military and technological superiority. Some argue that though the bombings brought about the end to the Second World War, the deaths of more than two hundred thousand people cannot be a justifiable sacrifice. Others disagree completely and state that these deaths were a small price to pay to end the war that had ravaged millions more. And so, debates regarding this topic have flourished since those fateful days 70 years
In total, this attack lasted until about ten o’clock of this same morning; though the attack was short, the damage was of one that America would never forget. The Japanese successfully destroyed thirteen battleships—eight were damaged and five were sunk—, three light cruisers, and one hundred and eighty-eight aircraft.
However, Tenno Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan, during World War II would not agree to those circumstances. Truman then authorized the use of the atomic bomb, which was made to save American troops because military advisers stated that around half a million soldiers lives were at risk if they were sent overseas (“The Bombings of Hiroshima” n.p.). Around one-hundred and forty thousand civilians died over time from the effects of the atomic bomb and almost seventy percent of the buildings were destroyed. Only five buildings didn’t need major repairs even though their buildings are more stable than ones in America for earthquakes regulations (Hersey 81). Just imagine what people were going through, some people were disintegrated, others lost limbs, and then after the bombing the distress wasn’t over, people then died of radiation sickness.
America has gone through difficult times with war, but has gone through harder times with the war on terror. Terrorism is defined as the use of terror or threat. The war on terror became a big deal on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was bombed by hundreds of Japanese fighter planes, but has been a bigger deal since that attack on the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. The bombing of the Twin Towers and to the Pentagon was like a Pearl Harbor but for the 21st century. Terrorist turn to violent means such as killing and bombing of the government.
The historical event Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike on December 7th, 1941. It was from the Imperial Japanese Navy upon the United States naval base that was located in the United States Territory of Hawaii. The attack was forceful, and something the world had never seen. Many ships were sunk and destroyed, lives were lost, and injuries were major. America and its people were in shock of this.
The “Address to the American People” also had facts such as it was given in 2001 in New York City, New York, it was a terrorist attack, and there were two thousand and nine hundred deaths. A couple things that they all have in common were they were delivered by presidents and was given after the tragedy. There are also diverse purposes. Each speech had a different purposes. The purpose of President Lincoln’s speech was to “dedicate” the Cemetery to the fallen
According to “Context of '1996-2000” (n.d.), a threat left by one of the attackers stated, “Next time, it will be very precise.” The homemade bomb that was planned to have the North tower collapse onto the South tower was about 1,200 pounds (Greenspan, 2013). According to an FBI explosives expert, he stated, “If they had found the exact architectural Achilles’ heel or if the bomb had been a little bit bigger, not much more, 500 pounds more, I think it would have brought her down” (“Context of '1996-2000”, n.d.). Eight years later, on September 11, 2001 nineteen Islamic terrorists from Al Qaeda hijacked four planes.
The world’s first atomic bombs to ever be used, left two cities in despair, and changed the lives of its inhabitants forever. The United States of America dropped an atomic bomb named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. Another bomb named “Fat Man” was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, three days later. As a result of the atomic bombs, a combined total of nearly 200 000 Japanese lives were taken. This devastating event has led to the debate between whether or not bombarding Japan with atomic bombs was truly justified.
All together, the two atomic strikes on Japan killed an “estimated 200,000 Japanese civilians.”  (ihr.org) Aside from moral issues involved, were the bombings of Japan militarily necessary? The answer is, no, they were not. Many rationalized that the bombs were dropped to save thousands of lives that would otherwise be killed in battle with Japan, to justify the act by portraying it as a grave decision made by the United States in order to end the second World War and to limit the amount of casualties. (historyextra.com) Yet the top American military leaders who fought in World War II, quite clearly stated that the atomic bombs were unnecessary.
The attack wasn’t exactly a long attack; the U.S. wasn’t prepared,for it only lasted from 7:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The Japanese surprised us; we didn’t even know what was coming. According to Pearl Harbor-the Bombing Facts, “A U.S. Army private who noticed the large flight of planes on his radar screen was told to ignore them because a flight of B-17’s from the Continental U.S. was expected at the time.” Proof of how genocidal it was is how many U.S. servicemen died- 2,335 of them(Pearl Harbor).
Roosevelt. It was December 7, 1941 when the United States was deliberately attacked by air and naval forces of Japan. The Japanese targeted Pearl Harbor which is located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The Japanese naval forces caught America completely off guard. The Americans believed that the harbor was too shallow for an attack by torpedoes dropped from airplanes because the required depth for it to be possible is about 75 feet and Pearl Harbor is approximately 45 feet deep.
It destroyed 5 square miles of the city (“The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”). This was the first time the atomic bomb was used in warfare (“Hiroshima” 243). The bomb took out 90% of the city and killed 80,000 people instantly and tens of thousands more due to radiation. However Hiroshima’s abliteration did not cause the Japanese to surrender (“The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and
On December 7th of 1941, an attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese changed the course of history of the United States and the world. This attack on an American naval facility claimed a staggering 2,403 lives and wounded 1,178 others forcing the United States’ formal entrance into World War II. I was very fortunate to visit and participate in a South Washington County ISD 833 group band performance at this historic site, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. While visiting this monument, I learned about the significance of this International aggression on the American soil. This attack symbolized a threshold point for Americans from just offering support to the Europeans to becoming actively involved in the war.
History of the Debate After what happened on September 11 in 2001, conspiracists started to spread the word about what is seen today as the mythology of the 9/11 conspiracy. 2,977 innocent people were killed in an elaborate plot by the CIA and FBI in order to suppress civil liberties and benefit their allies in the oil and gas industry. The scheme by the Bush administration was successful in gaining the popular agreement of the American people to be in accordance with the otherwise unsupportable wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. There is no exact or perfect timeline about the progression of belief in the theory of a planned event. But in the early years of the decade, at least, it was relegated to the far reaches of the American political spectrum,