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The United States uses force only after all other venues toward peace had been constituted. For example In the Spanish-American war propaganda was used to turn people against the so called "Yankee's" and American manifest destiny. The sinking of the Maine was definitely a catalyst toward war it always took loss of life for American to be drawn into war. The revolutionary war of course we wanted our freedom the Civil war we wanted freedom from slavery with the Spanish American war we were yet again drawn into war.
World War One how did we become involved in this war well it starts with diplomacy and rivalry as well as increasing hostility between nations. There is also the act of war that brings about war for example in world war 1 the attack on the Lusitania. In 1917, after 3 years of neutrality, United States declared war on Imperial Germany and thereby entered World War I for several reasons. One, unrestricted submarine warfare destroyed American ships. Two, the Zimmerman telegram outraged the United States and gave reason to believe that Germany was planning to wage war directly on the continental US. Three, Russian withdrawal from war with the Bolshevik overthrow of its government dramatically increased the chances of German victory in Europe.
The Korean War marks a war fought to stop communism and acts a war the US fought in its position as police officer of the world. June 25, 1950 At approximately 4 a.m. (Korean Standard Time) on a rainy Sunday morning Democratic People's Republic of Korea Army (DPRK - North Korea) artillery and mortars open fire on Republic of Korea (ROK - South Korea) Army positions south of the 38th Parallel, the line then serving as the border between the two countries. The opening barrage is followed shortly by tank/infantry attacks at all points along the Parallel. At 11 a.m. North Korea announced a formal declaration of war and what is now known as "The Korean War" officially began. In this announcement North Korea claimed ROK forces on the Ongjin Peninsula attacked North Korea in the Haeju area (west) and their declaration of war was in response to this attack. This claim was bogus.U.S. President Harry S. Truman was notified of the invasion and returned from his home in Independence, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., arriving in early afternoon. Meanwhile the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for the immediate cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of North Korean forces to north of the 38th Parallel.
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June 26, 1950
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(2) provide ships and aircraft to evacuate American citizens, plus Air Force fighters and Navy ships to protect the evacuation, and
(3) send a survey party to Korea to study the situation and determine how best to help the ROK government and military. Later in the day President Truman expanded his instructions by ordering General MacArthur to use Air Force aircraft and Navy ships against all North Korean military targets south the 38th Parallel. General MacArthur issues an "alert order" telling all combat units in the Far East to prepare for possible deployment to Korea.
World war two was of course a very easy war to understand why we joined the war from Propaganda to Pearl Harbor and the fact that this war had become a war of Good versus Evil. The holocaust was no doubt proof of that. " In my own mind, my convictions regarding international cooperation and collective security for peace took firm hold on the afternoon of the Pearl Harbor attack. That day isolationism ended for any realist." Senator Arthur Vandenberg (R., Mich) (pg 147, McDougall) this statement absolutely epitomizes the American position in world affairs since WWII.
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So through out history the United States has protected freedom and capitalism and retaliated against forces foreign and domestic to keep liberty and the constitution of the United States as a way of life.
Should the United States have explored vigorously other options for ending the Second World War against Japan? No, what the bomb did for America was far greater than what anything else in the world could have done for any other nation. The bomb was a release of force unlike anything in American History and we set a precedent at actually having the gull to drop the bomb which set us up strategically in the world nation's game. Had we sought other venues we would have not set ourselves up as a super power and this would later have ramifications. What we did was justified by Pearl Harbor and the millions of atrocities committed by the Japanese as well as Germans. The Bomb was an eye opener for other nations with plans against the United States and said a lot about the American people and the people who govern their great country.
The bomb was dropped because a Russian invasion may or may not have happened and crushed the already failing Japan but what would happen if the Russian invasion was not enough did that mean a US invasion? Was this a strategy worth contemplating when a clear ending was in sight?
The bomb would end the war sooner and would initially save American lives battles would not have to be fought in Japan to ensure their surrender because after the bomb there would be no doubt that surrender would ensue with out any more loss of American lives. The time it takes to use talks to settle the surrender of Japan still meant battles with men losing their lives as well as an actual invasion on Japan as well which obviously meant money. The bomb meant an invasion and Soviet help unnecessary
Truman and the unconditional surrender he did not want Japan to have any thing to bargain for they deserved less than that and that is one reason Truman dropped the bomb. The Japanese and their social values would have rather seen the entire nation dead than to surrender to the US. The social aspect of Japanese honor had to be considered as well and the Japanese would not surrender unless it came down to extinction. The bomb ensured that the United States did not have to share its victory with a sole.
It is obvious that the bomb had to be dropped for many reasons some selfish some pertinent but overall all reasons were important to the safety of this US of A and if the decision had been made other wise we may not be the country we are today.