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Dropping of the Atomic Bombs

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Effectiveness of the US Foreign Policy (Atomic Bomb) The United States foreign policy of dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was found to be fairly effective after all was said and done. The decision of dropping the bomb was a major choice by President Truman. After asking the Japanese repeatedly to surrender the decision was made that they would go forth with the bombs, keeping in mind that Japan had killed nearly 2,000 of the American soldiers in the bombing of Pearl Harbor and many more lives were lost during the Bataan Death March. The government observed that about 250,000 Americans would lose their lives (White Light, Black Rain) in a land attack on Japan, whereas very few would be lost with an air attack; the main goal was to simply end the war without losing many lives. “Men were sick of fighting and being shot at” – Enola Gay Crew Member. Japan used very destructive war techniques causing many casualties for the United States. Japan was rapidly claiming the Indian and Pacific Oceans, holding several islands from the Indian Ocean. The United States decided to use the method of “Island Hopping” where the military would go from island to island conquering the Japanese troops rather than going straight to the main attack. By this policy, important Japanese strongholds would be attacked by air and sea allowing Americans to reach Japanese cities more efficiently (Section 22, 5 Steps to a 5). This resulted in great loss of American lives because of the Japanese use of Kamikazes as well as the Bataan Death March. At Okinawa and Iwo Jima the United States suffered 75,000 casualties. (Truman Library; para 2). If the Americans were to continue fighting instead of dropping the bomb the war would’ve been lingering an... ... middle of paper ... ...times in advance to surrender and it was their decision not to, they had been warned. Truman clearly stated that the bomb was to be used as a military weapon and no more. Works Cited Armstrong, Stephen. 5 Steps to a 5 Ap Us History, 2015. N.p.: McGraw-Hill, 2014. Print. "Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2014. "Atomic Bomb-Truman Press Release-August 6, 1945." Atomic Bomb-Truman Press Release-August 6, 1945. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. Navarro, Anthony. "Propaganda of Japan and the U.S. During WW II." Propaganda of Japan and the U.S. During WW II. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2014. "Was the U.S. Justified in Dropping Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?" Debate.Org. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014. White Light, Black Rain. Dir. Steven Okazaki. Home Box Office, 2007. DVD. In text citation (White Light, Black Rain).

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the effectiveness of the us foreign policy of dropping the atomic bomb on hiroshima and nagasaki.
  • Explains how the united states used the method of "island hopping" where the military would go from island to island conquering the japanese troops rather than going straight to the main attack.
  • Explains that japan's emperor was believed to be a god, and one could not disobey their god. the japanese were convinced from birth that surrendering showed weakness and if they surrendered they were not worthy of living.
  • Analyzes how the enola gay crew released a conference in which some stated that they’ve never had any sort of nightmares and have absolutely no regret for dropping the bomb.
  • Explains that the americans were the first nation to use nuclear weapons in war, and this discovery provided a whole new era of nuclear warfare.
  • Opines that truman's decision to drop bombs was the best choice for the people and as an aid to end the war.
  • Cites armstrong, stephen, 5 steps to a 5 ap us history, 2015. n.p.: mcgraw-hill, 2014.
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