(Barnes) Winston Churchill approximated that one million American lives were preserved by utilizing the atomic bomb. Dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima generated substantial immediate effects. It caused damage to both structures and civilians li... ... middle of paper ... ...e atomic bomb on Japan was extremely controversial it ultimately ended in America’s favor when Japan surrendered. According to Karl Compton, “it was not one atomic bomb, or two, which brought the surrender; it was the experience of what an atomic bomb will actually do to a community, plus the dread of many more, that was effective.” Hiroshima and Nagasaki will always serve as a reminder of the tremendous effects powerful weapons can have on a country. America consciously decided to seize Japanese lives in order to save American lives.
Truman had to make the fatal decision on whether the bomb was to be dropped on Japan. With the idea of going to war, Truman had to think about the lives of the thousand American soldiers. The American soldiers had begun using the method of island hopping, because the bomb was not available. The idea of dropping a bomb was that the war itself could possibly end in its earliest points. The dropping of the atomic bomb could also justify the money spent on the Manhattan Project (Donohue 1).
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The End of National Turmoil At the time President Harry S. Truman took office, the country was still shaken by the unexpected death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and many obstacles stood in the new president's way. One of these obstacles – national turmoil – had taken over the United States, and President Truman was the only one who could save the country from it. President Harry S. Truman overcame national turmoil by furthering the New Deal, commanding the end of World War II, and ordering atomic bombs to be dropped on Japan. The first way President Truman conquered national turmoil was by his efforts to further President Roosevelt's New Deal. President Roosevelt constructed the New Deal as a way for the United States to get out of the Great Depression by trying to quicken the rate the economy was recovering (Rung, Margaret C.).
We have won the race of discover... ... middle of paper ... ... the kinds of things that happen in war, however unfortunate they may be. In this quote Harry Truman again defends and simplistically explains his decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki- “The atom bomb was no ‘great decision’..It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.” Truman and the American public rightly stood behind the use of the atom bomb. By examining the climate of the world at the time of war, and given all other alternatives, the United States had no choice but to drop the bomb. If we had not, many thousands more American lives would have been lost, most likely on the shores of Japan during the inevitable land invasion. Once on Japanese soil our boys would have had to face off with arguably the most dedicated and fiercest warriors the world has known, willing to sacrifice their lives and those of their families for their emperor and country.
This unjustified act on behalf of the United States would become one of the darkest days in the history of the world. This day of destruction would also forever change warfare for the worse. The United States dropping of the atomic bomb introduced the world to a new class of weaponry, nuclear weapons. The first usage of the atomic bomb validated why the creators never wanted it used at all. The two bombs combined caused a total death toll of approximately 250,000 people by the end of 1950, while not including the many others survivors left suffering from radiation symptoms.
The fact that the United States resolved to drop an atomic bomb over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan shocked many people, including U.S. citizens. The U.S. chose a brutal weapon when choosing the atomic bomb, as proven by the thousands of deaths it caused. Today, some people still question the motives for such a ruthless choice of weaponry. The atomic bomb, however destructive and questionable, seemed to be the only way to ensure “unconditional surrender” of the Japanese. The atomic bomb was, in fact, “a clear step designated to force Japan’s unconditional surrender;” however, this statement fails to give attention to the larger picture that influenced the U.S.’s decision to use the atomic bomb.