Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb changed the way Americans thought about war because of its traumatic after effects. Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration the atomic bomb was being developed. After Roosevelt died, his vice president Harry Truman was appointed President of the United States. Truman was never informed about the bombs development until an emergency cabinet meeting (Kuznick 9). Truman had to make the fatal decision on whether the bomb was to be dropped on Japan.
Why did the U.S. use the atomic bomb? The years leading up to World War II and the dropping of the atomic bombs were hectic and disordered, from the rise of Hitler in 1933, U.S. isolationism in 1934, to the death of U.S. President Roosevelt. The war showed no signs of ending and the security and freedom of nations around the world were in danger. Order was nowhere to be found, and the decision to even consider using the atomic bomb was unpreventable. 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.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack meant to cripple the United States Navy. While all of America remained in mourning over the devastation at Pearl Harbor, Washington D.C. was planning a war. The United States was forced into war, but war was not what the general public wanted. The Japanese general, Yamatoto, held the blame for starting World War II. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the thirty-second president of the United States of America.
The use of the atomic bombs was caused by a strong racism motivating factor. By the early summer of 1945, Japan was defeated. However, they were still trying to find a way to fight back and end the war because the allied forces wouldn’t stop attacking them. An unanimous amount of soldiers of the American military agreed that Japan was already defeated. This means that the president of that time, President Truman, must have known about Japan’s defeat by the early summer of 1945.
We won the race of discovery against the Germans. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans. We shall continue to use it until we completely destroy Japan’s power to make war. Just three days later on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a secondary target chosen due to inclement weather impairing the primary target city of Kokura.
Pearl Harbor was one of the most vicious attacks on American soil. The surprise attack by Japan took place on Sunday morning December 7, 1941. Japan wanted to immobilize U.S.’s Pacific fleet and destroy any chance of a counter strike in from the Pacific. The United States responded by creating Japanese-American Internment Camps, which uprooted tens of thousands of Japanese-American families. And later America decided to use atomic weapons to end the war with Japan.
However, German invasion of Poland in 1939 made Americans threatened by the isolationist approach. France and Britain’s declaration of war against Germany made the isolationist idea completely obsolete. U.S provided unlimited support to Britain and later to Soviet Union in order to avoid war but an undeclared war began when a German U-boat sunk U.S. freighter in Atlantic Ocean. United States resisted Japanese expansionist plan throughout 1930s, invasion and takeover of Manchuria in 1931 and invasion of China in ... ... middle of paper ... ...rise of the Soviet Union as America’s cold war enemy and pragmatic American criticism of the moral challenge posed by atomic weaponry. The Soviet Union associated unusual characteristics with vanished American innocence in the atomic age.
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.
Less than a month later, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan (Rosenberg). There are many people who oppose the use of the atomic bombs; though there are some that believe it was a necessity in ending the war. President Truman realized the tragic significance of the atomic bomb and made his decision to use it to shorten the agony of young Americans (“Was the Atomic Bombing”). The president knew of the way the Japanese fought. They fought to the death and they were brutal to prisoners of war.