First off, it would be hard to imagine how Japan would have been surrendered without the atomic bomb. Therefore to save many American lives, President Truman believed that it was his duty to end the war as soon as possible. But the bombs took away innocent lives and killed civilians indiscriminately. “Atomic Age America” written by Martin
Truman was justified to drop the Atomic bombs because of the situation at hand, but it is arguable because he had several alternatives. Right after America declared war on Japan, Germany had also declared war on the United States. Thereby, causing a dilemma for the United States nation as a whole. If the US didn't finish the war with Japan quickly they would have trouble backing up the allied powers. However, Truman could have found another way to defeat Japan with a less violent tactic.
Upon reading “Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs Against Japan” by J. Samuel Walker, a reader will have a clear understanding of both sides of the controversy surrounding Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The controversy remains of whether or not atomic bombs should have been used during the war. After studying this text, it is clear that the first atomic bomb, which was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, was a necessary military tactic on ending the war. The second bomb, which was dropped on Nagasaki, however, was an unnecessary measure in ensuring a surrender from the Japanese, and was only used to seek revenge. In 1945, the United States was facing severe causalities in the war in the Pacific.
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.
If you really think about it, before Japan was defeated in 1945 by the bombings, the proposal of using an Atomic bomb to save lives could have been quite possibly been avoided. There was no reasonable reason to use atomic bombs on civilian cities in a war that was actually already over. The use of the bomb was not a difference in losing or winning the war. America already ruled their seas and skies, they had no navy, or air force. Also their army was losing in China and the Soviets just declared war on them too.
Although some may believe the atomic bomb was needed because it ended WWII, it was unnecessary to drop the nuclear bomb because of the alternatives that existed, the effect it had on the Japanese people, and because of the unethical reasons for dropping it. On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and three days later, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki (Martin, 2015). The decision to drop the bomb was made by U.S. President Harry S. Truman and his advisors. Truman had inherited this bomb project from the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and later stated, “Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against
Needed to drop the bombs to save American and Japanese lives. Some think otherwise, that the bombs were not nessecary to end the war. Even the scientists who created the bombs believed it shouldn't have been used. Once the bomb was created, there was controversy about if it should have been used or not, there were devastating effects on the cities they destroyed, but this did show U.S. Dominance to the rest of the world. The atomic bomb has a infamous histroy behind it.
It didn't save them, it obliterated them in a quick, painful, and inhumane manner. The bombs did not defeat Japan. In conclusion, Japan had already been defeated and avenged. Japan did not want a war with Russia and would have surrendered had the Soviets had the time to declare war, but the United States stopped the Soviet maneuver with a surprise atomic bombing. I agree President Truman wanted to end the war quickly but in my opinion, too quickly.
In my personal opinion, after gather as much information as possible, I think that the use of the atomic bomb is impracticable and a waste of time, money, and lives. If I were President of the United States I could have made the decision to not use the Atomic bomb on Japan. Using this weapon would only open the door to more destruction. After dropping this bomb, I don’t think it would have ended the war. It probably would have ended World War II, but I think that it would have created more wars to come.
Thus, the allies had legit reasoning to believe that the Japanese would not go down without a fight. Hence, making the use of the nuclear bomb necessary, since the entire world had already seen how cruel the Japanese were with brutal war crimes that happen throughout the war and spread terror. Also it is important to mention the attack on Pearl Harbor which at the time the United States was no involved in the war at the time. The United States needed to make Japan surrender so that nothing like that would happen again to them or the rest of the Allies. The use of the atomic bomb aided the Allies in getting one step closer to ending the war, however, the use of the bomb had a lot of after effects.