The dropping of the atomic bomb could also justify the money spent on the Manhattan Project (Donohue 1). With a quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt “This will be a day that will live in infamy”, Pearl Harbor was a tragic day for Americans. The United States had lost many soldiers, which they had claimed that they will eventually get revenge. The alternates of dropping the bomb was also discussed at the Interim Committee. The American government was trying to get an invitation response from the Japanese government.
Many innocent lives were lost, psychological scars were left on the lives of the bomb survivors, and thus many lives were changed forever. The atomic bombings caused many people to have genetic effects due to the radiation from the bombs. Revisionists have said the US used the bombs to blackmail the Soviet Union. The deployment of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was morally justified because it ended the war quickly, ultimately saved many lives, and was a beginning for many. Historians have debated evidence that the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not morally justified.
‘Were the dropping of atomic bombs in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a justified way to end World War Two?’. The answer is no, the bombings were not justified as Japan was already militarily and economically devastated, the explosion slaughtered thousands of guiltless civilians and President Truman seemed to have other political and experimental intentions rather than bringing an immediate end to World War Two. The bombings were not necessary as both Japan’s military and economy had been defeated and weakened. Even before the bombings, the United States had continuously attempted to destroy many Japanese cities with their intense fire bombings. For example, the night of March 9th, 300 American bombers attacked Tokyo, killing 100,000 residents (Weber, “Was Hiroshima Necessary?”).
The statement can be taken as either we should have gotten them back, or that dropping the bomb was only revenge. Many people disagreed with the dropping of the bomb for many different reasons. The bomb had cost two bil... ... middle of paper ... ...ices put an abrupt end the war, Little Boy and Fat Man, the most destructive weapons ever conceived by the mind of man, had stamped finish to the bloodiest, most destructive conflict in man's history. August 14, 1945. World War II was finally over (Hirschfeld 205).
There were several alternatives to dropping the bomb. The introduction of this weapon began a nuclear arms race. Some say that the atomic bomb saved lives, yet thousands were killed. President Harry Truman made the wrong decision in dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because the bombs killed thousands of civilians. When the bomb hit Hiroshima, 350,000 people were exposed (Gup 89).
Plan of Investigation During the time period when Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, it was during WWII. Japan attacked the U.S. on Dec. 7, 1941 and was known as Pearl Harbor. When that happened, Roosevelt did not hesitate to ask Congress to officially declare war on Japan. During the war, there was a proposal of an atomic bomb landing over Hiroshima and Nagasaki to finalize the war. To this day there is still controversy that if that atomic bomb was actually necessary to end the war, because of the number of innocent casualties suffered from the Japanese.
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.
With the assistance of J. Robert Oppenheimer and lack of public’s knowledge of this so-called monstrous weapon, Truman decided to introduce the atomic bomb which was the key to ending war. However, even fearful weapons such as the atomic bomb have its own consequences. The consequences that Japan suffered from the loss of many innocent citizens, created public controversy in the United States, and tension between countries rose. When the atomic bomb was dropped, the destructive weapon disintegrated and claimed innocent lives in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. On August 6th, 1945 in Hiroshima, around 83,000 people were deceased in an instant and tens of thousands of more died in the following year due to wounds and radiation poisoning.
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have drawn many different opinions. Some even think that the bombing was inhumane (Barnes p.7). The outbreak of the war was near and the American Government feared that the Nazis were conduction atomic bomb research and were in fact very close to developing one. Germany had achieved nuclear
The technology of building the atomic bomb has spurred some useful innovations that can be applied through the use of nuclear power. The fear of a potential nuclear attack had been heightened by the media and its release of movies impacting on public opinion and fear of nuclear devastation. The lives lost after the detonation of the atomic bombs have become warning signs that changed global thinking and caused preventative actions. The Atomic Bomb The devastation brought about by the atomic bomb has caused fear among all the people that have realized the potential destructive power of its invention. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945 completely obliterated both cities (Lanouette 30).