Dropping Of The Atomic Bomb Essay
Essay about Truman's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
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Imagine yourself making the toughest decision in your life, whether sacrificing a million of our men and thousands of war ships and plans, verses several thousand of Japanese civilian populists. This decision was on the shoulder of Harry S. Truman, the United States President, who had to make this decision by deciding whether or not to drop a newly designed weapon. The atomic bomb was tested in the sands of New Mexico, where it proved to be very successful. Harry S. Truman made a very successful decision, because he wanted to end the war quickly, show others that the United States had power, and the retribution of Pearl Harbor.
The United States wanted to end the war quickly for several reasons. The British Prime Minister, Winston…show more content…
After coming out of the Great Depression the United States could not afford to be in anymore debt. From purchasing guns, ammunitions, aircrafts, and warships, the debt was rising dramatically. While the American public supported the troops, the cost of the war would affect America for years to come.
By dropping the atomic bomb, America demonstrated the power they had. America’s “Secret Weapon” displayed our technological and scientific superiority to the world. This helped deter the Soviet Union and others from further expansion. For example Dwight D. Eisenhower states, “We ought not to need to put ourselves in the position of requesting or begging for Soviet aid” (Document C). America proved once again to be a group of individuals who could rise above all adversities.
The Japanese secretly attacked Pearl Harbor without the United States knowing; therefore, the United States secretly launched an atomic bomb on Japan. As Harry Truman states on a radio address, “We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor” (Document H). In response to Japan’s attack towards us, Harry Truman ended the war with a destructive bomb.
Given all these reasons, what would you have done? Had the decision been made to invade the Japanese mainland with the loss of hundred of thousands more GI’s and seamen, ask yourself this. Look around. How many of your friends, your mom, your dad, and yes, even
Was The Dropping Of The Atomic Bomb Justified? Essay
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On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This was an extremely controversial military strategy in the United States. Was the United States justified in the dropping of the atomic bomb? The U.S. feared the rise of communism and gave aid to any country against it. The U.S. also fought countries threatening the spread communism. One of these countries was Japan. We began a harsh and brutal war against Japan and against communism. This war was killing many soldiers and Japan was not backing down. President Truman decided to use the atomic bomb when things were getting worse. The decision to use the atomic bomb was a difficult one and many people wonder if it was the right…show more content…
They slaughtered thousands of Chinese civilians during the rape of Nanking in 1937. It was necessary for America to drop the bomb.
Henry L. Stimson was a secretary of war under both Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. He believed that as long as the Japanese government refused to surrender then the U.S. should be obligated to use whatever means necessary to win the war (“The Atomic Bomb,” 52). The atomic bomb allowed the U.S. to put an end to a never-ending war with fewer casualties than if the war went to a ground fight. War is brutal. It is destructive and unforgiving no matter what the means, killing lives is killing lives. Using the atomic bomb, the United States was able to end the war quickly and with minimal lost American lives.
Before the United States dropped the bomb, they allowed Japan a chance to surrender. On July 26, 1945, the allies issued the Potsdam Declaration. This treaty was meant to make Japan surrender without a war. This was a warning that Japan will undergo harsh and utter destruction if they refused the declaration. Two days later Japan stated that they were going to ignore the Potsdam Declaration (“Was the Atomic Bombing”).
When the Japanese choose not to surrender President Truman makes the decision to use the atomic bomb rather than risk the 1,000,000 projected lives lost in a man to man combat war. Hiroshima was a chosen as