The Atomic Bomb

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It was April of 1945 and Harry Truman had been sworn into office following the death of a beloved president, Franklin Roosevelt. President Roosevelt left Truman with the hardest and still most controversial decision of all time, whether or not to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. This decision would determine whether or not the outcome of World War II would be quick or prolonged. The Manhattan project for developing the bomb began with the fear of Germany inventing a type of nuclear weapon. The Allies had just defeated Germany and now, the United States focus was ending war with Japan. America had been in war for four years accumulating 1 million casualties in the process. The United States wanted Japan to surrender unconditionally, as the Germans had done, to the Potsdam Declaration. Japan refused; talk of a land invasion on Japan transpired. A land invasion would result in heavy casualties against on either side. The United States would be facing a different type of enemy as well. The only choice was to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. While some may argue moral and ethical beliefs, they cease to think about who the real victim was and how many lives it saved on either side. On December 7, 1941 Japan surprisingly attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, killing 3,000 Americans. This act alone was an awakening to the type of vicious enemy Americans would have to face. The treatment of Japanese prisoners alone would be reason enough to drop the atomic bomb. Thirty-seven percent of US prisoners in Japan had died in captivity while only 2 percent died in Germany. Tokyo issued that all prisoners of war were to be killed by 1945. Many citizens of countries throughout the world have only recently begun to unfold information of experiments that the Japanese did on their prisoners of war. Eight American airmen were knocked out of the sky near southern Japan and were taking to Kyushu University where they were “torn apart organ by organ.” 70-year-old physician Ken Yuasa recalled, “A prisoner was shot in the stomach, to give Japanese surgeons practice at extracting bullets. While the victim was still alive, the doctors practiced amputations. It just wasn’t my experience, it was done everywhere.” Critics of the bomb often defend their claim by stating it to be immoral. Other words that could be used to define immoral would be wicked, cr... ... middle of paper ... ...cs the Japanese were displaying, Truman had no other choice but to drop the bomb. Truman was not deliberately trying to prolong the war so the atomic bomb could be used on Japan to intimidate the Soviets. He believed the use of the atomic bomb was necessary to shorten the agony of war and save the lives of thousands of young Americans. Many would agree that Truman did the right thing in dropping the atomic bomb on Japan. Dropping the atomic bomb on Japan was an extremely brutal decision. Truman must have spent many sleepless nights debating the decision in his mind. Hopefully, he rests in peace and knows he fulfilled what needed to be accomplished at that crucial point in world history. The Japanese were a barbaric and immoral enemy. Experiments on human beings and the slaughtering of prisoners can not be justified. Suicide missions and teaching women and children to fight is extreme warfare that needed to be stopped and prevent from ever occurring again. The only way to stop an enemy like the Japanese was to drop the atomic bomb. Victim were they not, justified we may question, but proof that this type of barbarism shall never be taken nor accepted.

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