Exactly right. But then, the Court went on the explain-in an entirely rational but still disturbing way-that therefore the Japanese posed a greater national security risk. This presents a horrible Catch-22: Because America has treated you badly, you have reason to be disloyal; therefore, America has reason to treat you still more badly, by restricting your civil rights. In our public and private response to the horrors of 9-11, will we force another group of Americans into the same impossible situation? I hope that by learning the lessons of 12-7 we will not.
In fact, it was clear that the timing of the bombing “would be assumed by the Soviet Government to have the significance which (they had) assumed that it, in fact, did have…” (Fear, War, and the Bomb). America took drastic measures in assuring its protection but failed to consider the wellbeing of everyone else. Not launching the bombs would have saved America tons of resources and Japan thousands lives. The lives of innocent Japanese citizens were slayed due to a careless a... ... middle of paper ... ...tion than having American lives slayed. Furthermore, we were trying to intimidate the Soviet Union to respect us when they weren’t our enemies in the first place.
This topic of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is interesting because U.S government was in a predicament, they were not sure if Japanese American citizens should be trusted or not. They chose not to trust them and put the Japanese Americans into internment camps. The Japanese shouldn’t have been put into the camps because it was unconstitutional. Their rights were being violated without the government having a reasonable excuse. Like all issues involving race or war, the question of whether or not it was legal and ethical to make Japanese Americans move to relocation camps in early WWII is a difficult and sort of a controversial problem.
In the process of war the public skipped to the conclusion that all Japanese Americans were out to get them. The suspicion of a government takeover was on everyones mind. Paranoia led people into to thinking every single Japanese American was guilty, no matter if it was a child, a WWI veteran, or if they had ever even been to Japan. The suspicion did not end there, inducing temporary segregation, and the exploitation of japanese american’s human rights. Mass hysteria and racism influenced the government's actions towards the Japanese.
Most people did not know what had happened to the cities. The news broadcasted that they suspected Japan had been target... ... middle of paper ... ...ey could be prepared. War is never fair, but at least many innocent children would have been kept from harm. It seems America really wanted to make an example out of Japan for invading the U.S. army base in Hawaii, and show the rest of the world that this would not be tolerated. Japan definitely did make a mistake by doing so, and might have chewed off a little more than they could swallow.
However, these claims were never brought to light, and to this day simply remain rumors. The U.S. government became suspicious about these accusations and demanded action. On Thursday, February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt issued the Executive Order 9066, which called for an evacuation of Japanese Americans on the west coast with the excuse of a “military necessity.” The government’s impetuous enforcement of Executive Order 9066 in reaction to public hysteria, not only violated the rights of Japanese Americans, but also triggered pointless effort and attention towards the internment camps. The United States government had no authority to intern Japanese Americans on account of their ethnic background. People argued that it was acceptable because the Japanese immigrants in the United States posed a threat, but in reality, “more than two-thirds of the Japanese who were interned in the spring of 1942 were citizens of the United States” (Ross).
Upon seeing these ships, the Japanese prepared for battle but ended up having to just acknowledge the fact that American military technology was superior. During this visit, Perry was able to get Tokugawa, which was the leader of Japan, to sign treaties with the United States and open its doors to trade with the other countries. This obviously angered people of Japan, but they realized that a war would do nothing but hurt themselves (21). They wanted to prepare themselves to eventually fight, but the Tokugawa preferred to just watch and wait which made people question the power of the shogun and they eventually wanted the emperor to be able to... ... middle of paper ... ...re massacres, but it serves the purpose of reminding us of what some people have gone through. The Rape of Nanking is important because it shows us what we could be going through, but luckily, we aren’t going through any of what the Chinese had to deal with.
This event taught me that just because there are a few myths as to why something happened, you don’t have to agree with them. America is my home, but never will I ever agree that the dropping of Little Boy and Fat Man on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary. They could have been avoided and lives could have been saved. The bombings on August 6th, 1945 and August 9th, 1945 were the beginning of the end.
The attack on Pearl Harbor had changed the common view of the Japanese as nearly supernatural fighters, and this new view instilled fear in Americans. The view also instilled with the Americans the belief that Japanese differed from them in more than just militant aspects, but also in basic aspects of humanity. Fear of the Japanese would lead the Americans to want extra assurances that the Japanese threat would end, and Americans would be safe. The idea that the Japanese were different than Americans and Europeans on a basic level would also encourage the use of the atomic bomb because the prospective murder of women, children, and other Japanese civilians would hold less meaning. Evidence of racism from one of the American leaders who had direct influence on Truman and the decision to use the atomic bomb could help prove the role of racism in the decision.
December 7th, 1941, as president, Franklin D. Roosevelt once said is “a date that will live in infamy”. He spoke the truth but for reasons that are not as clear as some. It will live in infamy not only for reasons such as the tragic deaths of many people, but likewise for the obscure reasons. The day Pearl Harbor could have been prevented if only the US had not been so blind to the implications. Evidently, the United States had an abundance of indications forewarning them of the attack, nevertheless they let their guard down and were ignorant in a time of world wide war and were therefore in a vulnerable position to be surprised by the Japanese.