The U.S. used the atomic bomb because it was the only way Japan would surrender, the world wanted to end the war as soon as possible with as little casualties as possible, and because of resentful feelings toward Japan. Japan often fought until the last man standing… the atomic bomb was the only thing that would force them to surrender. “Japanese were scornful of men who surrendered, and killed many of the sick or wounded along the way” (Collier, 69). This makes one ask themselves how the emperor could surrender if their troops were trained to kill off weaklings. Japanese leaders appeared determined to fight to their deaths.
Emma Cadman Ms. Moulton U.S. History II 5/27/2014 In August 1945, The United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombs led to the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II. The atomic bombs caused the death of 240,000 Japanese citizens. Today, 69 years after the bombings, U.S. citizens still question whether dropping the bombs was the right choice. President Truman made the choice to drop the atomic bomb because he knew if the United States invaded Japan they would lose many American lives.
Overall, the atomic bombs should have been dropped as it ultimately convinced Japan to surrender and had the potential to save millions of lives, through the killing of thousands. The causalities ultimately made the U.S more powerful over Japan, which in my opinion is a positive scenario and the Japanese most importantly were offered a chance of surrendering earlier or not getting involved in the war, which would have saved themselves from those casualties.
The air strikes completely destroyed Tokyo and other cities without meeting any opposition. Japan lost the war when they could not fight back. They watched as their cities burned. Because they were already defeated and were showing signs that they knew defeat was inevitable the United States should have waited for Japan to surrender, instead of dropping the bomb. The scientists and the U.S. Government had already made their decision by funding the money to build the super powered weapon because a ground force inva... ... middle of paper ... ...s response to Senator Russell's telegram.
Would WWII have ended shortly afterwards without nuclear arms-not likely. Secondly we must consider the Japanese people’s extreme dedication to their country and emperor, willing to give up their own lives without thinking to stop the enemy. Lastly the morality of nuclear bombing must be explored. While many may argue against the use of such a seemingly cruel form of attack was unnecessary, it is obvious that the atomic bomb was the only means to an end of WWII. What would have happened had the A-bomb not been used?
Due to the claim that many people had on the atomic bomb by the dual mission to first to compel surrender of the Japanese and second to demonstrate Stalin that Uranium and Plutonium bombs could work in combat condition. I personally think that to first compel surrender of the Japanese should be to only protect ourselves. The United States is justified that I am guessing close to about a million allied lives would have been saved by using the atomic bombs to end the war. Obviously it wouldn 't all just happen over night or within a few days. Roughly for about a year or heavy fighting with many loses it would be to take down the main land.
During World War ll, Japan was on the brink of collapse. The Atomic Bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United State were unnecessary to end the war. The allied forces which were Great Britain, Soviet Union, France, United States and China, would conduct countless air raids and fire bombings on Japan. Japan’s military and civil defenses were inadequate to defend themselves and had no chance. For months Japans cities suffered attacks of bombs and fire raining down on them by the allied forces.
(abc-clio) Some believed that it would be essencial to win and end the war, but some people believed it would be inhumane to use it and that it should only b... ... middle of paper ... ...ant a significantly higher cost in Japanese lives than those actually killed in the atomic bombings." (abc-clio) The decision to drop the bomb came from President Truman. During the Potsdam Conference, he and Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave Japan an ultimatum to surrender. When Japan failed to respond to this, Truman gave the o.k. to drop the bomb.
The bomb shocked the Japanese militarists into surrender and gave the “peace-party” the added credibility they required to bring about a quick end to the war. The use of the bomb also kept Russia out of the war, preventing problems that had occurred in post-war Germany, and later on in Korea. When all factors are taken into consideration, the use of the atomic bomb actually saved more lives, both Japanese and American than it took. In the spring of 1945, the plans for the invasion of the Japanese home islands, code-named “Operation Downfall” were being drawn up. It was to be the largest operation of the war (Skates, 1994, P. 4), involving up to 39 divi... ... middle of paper ... ...y measure, to bring about a quick end to the aggressive war that Japan had begun.
Truman was justified to drop the Atomic bombs because of the situation at hand, but it is arguable because he had several alternatives. Right after America declared war on Japan, Germany had also declared war on the United States. Thereby, causing a dilemma for the United States nation as a whole. If the US didn't finish the war with Japan quickly they would have trouble backing up the allied powers. However, Truman could have found another way to defeat Japan with a less violent tactic.