On December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the naval bases of United States. This attack caused the American Pacific fleet to cripple. As stated by Edward T. Sullivan, “the Japanese military knew their country could not match the economic and technological power of the United States, but they gambled that the psychological impact of the Pearl Harbor disaster would leave Americans with no stomach to fight” (Sullivan 8). Pearl Harbor was not the only place to get attacked. Japan had simultaneous invasions a... ... middle of paper ... ...d to be provided.
“Boom...”, the atomic bombs hit the ground. People cried, ran, bellowed for help, but they could not escape from being vaporized by the massive power of this nuclear weapon. Casualties are inevitable in wars, but casualties can be reduced. Throughout the history, one of the most massive destructive actions was when the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. World War Two started in 1939 and lasted until 1945.
But Japan had an army of 2 million strong stationed in the home islands guarding against Allied invasion. After the completion of the Manhattan Project, For Truman, the choice whether or not to use the atomic bomb was the most difficult decision of his life. First, an Allied demand for an immediate unconditional surrender was made to the leadership in Japan. Although the demand stated that refusal would result in total destruction, no mention of any new weapons of mass destruction was made. The Japanese military commander Hideki Tojo rejected the request for unconditional s... ... middle of paper ... ...ople and would fight to protect every inch of their homeland until there were no Japanese left.
America’s deviation from isolationism in World War II is what establishes them as a powerhouse country economically an. Also, how America’s growth industrially lead to a post-war boom. Prior to the United States entering the war, the major problem in America was the Great Depression. As they watched the war spread, many maintained the “isolationist” mindset because of thoughts of World War I ("World War II."). Tragedy struck on December 7, 1941 when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor.
The cartoon, also, depicts the Japanese trying to bring down the Americans; the Japanese would want to challenge America because they were occupying territories close to the Japanese empire. Japan felt threatened by America and was trying to show America who was the superior country, which is why the atomic bomb was necessary to get Japan to surrender. The atomic bomb inevitably ended the war with Japan; without the atomic bomb the war could’ve persisted much longer and caused more casualties. By 1945 America and Britain needed a swift victory because they’d been at war with several nations in Europe... ... middle of paper ... ...d them to end the war with Japan. But not only did they create bombs, but they also found a new way to power the spreading cities of America.
He also feared that if Germany conquered Europe it would plunge the world into a nightmare. Exactly fourteen months before the attack on Pearl Harbor a Lieutenant Commander recommended that the U.S. provoke Japan into attacking America so that American could enter World War II. Some researchers say Roosevelt knew of the attack on Pearl Harbor before it occurred. These Smith 2 researchers believe that he sent false information to Hawaii about the location of the Japanese fleet. Roosevelt also told the Commanders on base that negotiations between the U.S. and Japan were being discussed and there was not going to be a war (Bachrach).
The bombing was in reaction to many economic sanctions that were placed on Japan, so the bombing was not just to make the United States mad. We can see many reasons as to why Japan would bomb Pearl Harbor. There were many events that led up to Japan making the decision to bomb Pearl Harbor. It all started with Japan wanting to expand their power. Japan started trying to take over Asia, they landed in the east coast of China in Manchuria and stationed troops there in order to try and take over northeastern China.
When President Truman looked at all the factors, what else are you to do with a country that would not stop for anything? For this reason I believe dropping the atomic bomb on Japan to end World War II was extremely hard, yet correct choice to make. Works Cited Bacevich, A. J. (2007). Long War: A History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II.
Furthermore, the possibility of an arms race, the moral implications of using this weapon, and the number of American lives that would possibly be lost invading Japan were among the numerous pros and cons Truman had to consider when contemplating the use of this powerful weapon never before unleashed on humanity. The purpose of developing this weapon was first and foremost winning the war as quickly as possible. In addition to securing world peace, the United States’ future as a world leader was also at stake. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed a committee to research the possibility of using atomic energy military purposes. By the time the United States entered the war in December 1941, this research was given priority and the project was extended throughout the course of the war.
Pearl Harbor is an American naval base located on Oahu, Hawaii. It was at this location that the Japanese Empire bombed the base and provoked the United States into joining World War II.1 America cut off Japan’s resources to limit their conquering of Asia, Japan was furious at the United States and attacked their main naval base, Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941 hoping the U.S. would no longer be able to continue the embargo of their resources, America acted in the opposite way expected and declared war on Japan. The Japanese never intended to invade or conquer America, their only goal was to become strong enough to impose a severe threat towards the United States, so that the U.S. could not discontinue Japan from conquering Asia and later on the world. The United States was the only major force because the other major countries were occupied with the world war that kept them from interfering with Japans military action. America cut off Japans source of supplies and as an effect their military weakened significantly.