Whether or not, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified remains in debate up to today. Some people say the bombings were necessary to end the war quickly and surely. Others argue that it was unethical to the US to completely destroy a whole city filled with innocent people. This essay will discuss whether it was appropriate for the US to drop an atomic bomb on Japan given the conditions of World War II. The Americans and the Allied forces had already made Germany surrender in Europe and only Japan stood in the Allied forces’ way for peace.
Luke Weiner The bombing of Japan is a day that we shall never forget. Some people believe that it was necessary to drop the bomb in order to end the war as quickly as possible while others believe that it was unneeded and completely immoral. The question will always be asked, does the pros of the bombing outweigh the cons? Would it have been morally responsible to invade Japan instead? The morals of the bombing are in the eye of the beholder.
The counter-arguments were that the Japanese were already defeated and so ‘why was it necessary to drop the bomb?”. Especially the second type, as evidence suggests that the Japanese were already defeated. Bombing and killing the innocent people shouldn’t ever be justified, however, it was a war and the American government did warn the Japanese about the consequences of continuing the fight. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb enriched with uranium, coded “Little boy”, was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The project was coded ‘Trinity’ when the first and only testing of ‘Little boy’ was on July 16th, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Although he did approve of the bomb, Roosevelt was unconcerned about actually dropping the bomb on Japan. Instead he supported the idea that since Germany was possibly looking into the same type of destructive weapon, the U.S. needed to advance in the field in order to prevent detrimental attacks against them. He had the Great Depression on his hands as well and was less motivated during his time to destroy Japan to end the war more efficiently. On the other hand, Truman saw his opportunity of bringing the United States to the end of the war in a quick manner by releasing the bombs since Japan had no intentions of taking an easy surrender. To prevent going through an invasion, Truman made a hasty decision to drop the bombs.
According to Geoff Brumfiel, there was two main reasons for bombing the cities: to scare the Japanese into surrendering and to test the power of the bomb (“Why did the U.S choose Hiroshima”). The reason Hiroshima was chosen explained by historian, Alex Wellerstein, written by Brumfiel is "Hiroshima is compact," Wellerstein says. "’If you put a bomb like this in the middle of it, you end up destroying almost the entirety of the city.’” (“Why did the U.S choose Hiroshima”). Nagasaki on the other hand is a little more complicated considering it was not the original target. In an article by Alex Wellerstein, it is stated “ The initial
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”-Adolf Hitler. Propaganda can completely change people's opinion or mindset about a subject or topic. Propaganda has the power to turn a complete lie into a truth. propaganda is used to influence people psychologically in order to alter social perceptions.On December 7, 1941, the United States entered World War II when Japan attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Nearly 2403 people died from this attack.As a result of this attack, America categorized any Asians as part of the Japanese who attacked pearl harbor.
One of the few reasons that the dropping of the Atomic bombs was justified was the fact that Japan would not surrender. There was a large amount of evidence pointing to this: The allies had been dropping conventional and incendiary bombs on Japanese cities, but the Japanese refused to surrender. This gave the US the impression that ordinary bombs were not enough to convince Japan to surrender, and a more powerful bomb was needed. In addition, Japanese forces included Kamikaze pilots, which were-in essence-suicide bombers, willing to die for their emperor and their country. The Japanese military was also training
. necessity”(Freeman). The bomb was dropped to “avoid an invasion of Japan”(PragerU), America not only ended the war, it was done without launching a ground invasion. If America had launched a land invasion than not, only would have American soldiers' lives have been lost, but more Japanese would have died as well.America dropped the bomb as a mean to end the war. Not only did the bomb save lives in the moment, the bomb showed how the bomb affects countries and now America has nuclear weapons deals with other countries to prevent the use of a nuclear weapon like the atomic bomb.
The US used the A-bomb to save its soldier, which could have been lost. Japan planning to surrender to the Russian but only if there can keep their emperor making The atomic bomb pointless. With many military leaders on point, agreeing that dropping the atomic bomb was unnecessary. Only president Truman could have made the choice to try to save American lives but in saving them, he will be kill millions of innocent people. Imagined being in President Truman shoes try to make the choice of whether or not to press the big red
The war with Japan was already coming to a close, making the atomic bomb drop pointless. Several factors were already in the process of ending the war. The most obvious one would have been to continue conventional bombings. Military analysts were convinced that the heavy air pressure over Japan would have be enough to make them surrender. Conventional weapons were pounding them, and making it very clear that resistance
He became the first President to use the atomic bomb when he ordered the attack of Japan`s two cities Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. The weight of his decision, debated as reasonable or otherwise, understandably troubled him, and influenced his choices leaning toward the reduction of arms; for both the United States and the Soviet Union. He took actions similar to Carl von Clausewitz`s ideas on limited warfare and force in his attempts to resolve Cold War problems, though there was never proof to that he was directly inspired by Clausewitz. Limited warfare would require the nations to withhold their power to a degree in order to maintain the health of society, and assure that the world would not receive any damage that it could not possibly recover from. The Soviets` did not agree to most of Truman`s suggestions to ease the tension, however.
The dropping of the bombs were necessary and fair due to the refusal of the Japanese to surrender, the millions of lives saved by a quick end to the war, and the warnings given to the Japanese. To begin, the Japanese soldiers have it ingrained in their brains that it is dishonorable to surrender. The author of Drop the Bomb as agreed by saying that “the Japanese have demonstrated a willingness to fight to the death”. During the war there were many times for the Japanese to surrender, but it was never done. With this in mind, they would have continued to drag out the war, which shows that dropping the bombs sped up the war which lessened the casualties.
Technological advancements will call for new weapons and new bombs, and as long as a country is in war, it is to defend their people from death, by all means. The atomic bombs were strong military weapons of the war. The atomic bombs during WWll helped so much because now the U.S has something new to the table that can cause mass destruction. Japan dropped out after just one bomb on hiroshima. It made people very scared that the next bomb to go off would be by
Soon after its invention, President Harry S. Truman decided to use this atomic warfare against Japan. The President justified his actions by claiming that he “used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans.” (Long). However; Japan was inching closer and closer to surrender. Furthermore, no one was knowledgeable of the aftereffects such a “weapon”