Discussion Board: Dropping the Bomb
Since 1945, Americans have been debating the necessity of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. Some historians argue that dropping the bombs ended the war, saved American and Japanese lives, and avoided an invasion of Japan. Other historians believe Japan would likely have surrendered without the use of the bombs. After reading the text , answer the following questions in your discussion posts: Of all the options facing the United States, which one should Truman have pursued? Was the United States justified in dropping the bombs on Japan? Why or why not? Did the United States fully understand the weapons before using them? Fully explain your answers.
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- Address the questions asked in the paragraph above in at least a 300-word post and cite all outside sources appropriately
- In your initial post, include at least one interesting question the readings raised for you
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THE DROPPING BOMBS
Among the options that have been put in place by the United States to get Japan to surrender and end the war. Truman, who had just been elected president, is believed to have chosen a diplomat to force Japan to stop all fighting. on July 23, 1945, Harry Truman sent a warning message asking the Japanese to surrender and save lives.
Truman advocated for peaceful solution to signal the end of the conflicts with Japan. Dropping the bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima was not only to make Japan capitulate, it was to give warnings to the Soviet government which intended to settle in Japan. Truman’s intention was to eliminate the need for an invasion of the island with the idea of communism which was increasing ; he could have given Japan more time to respond after the bombing of Hiroshima. But he did not do it. the purpose of the second explosion was to send a clear message to Stalin, who was becoming uncompromising with regard to post-war Europe. Therefore, the deployment of these two explosives on Japanese soil was to prove his superpower, its influence and his leadership regard to these competitors who was trying to ask for sharing the land. Another reason to release bomb was desire to take revenge against the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the mistreatment of American and Jewish prisoners by the Nazi government of Adoph Hitler.
To know if the Americans understand the bomb before it was dropped on Japan. According for President Truman declaration, “I did not know the Manhattan Project until Roosevelt’s death, may also not have realized how destructive it really was. Indeed, some of the scientists who built the bomb were surprised by its power. ” If we limits ourself to this assertion, we could think that United States did not fully understand the bomb which they were using. On the other hand. we may also think that they really knew what they were using. Having learned of the damage from the first bomb they launched the second, nothing was put in place to avoid the second weapon. Therefore, United States was conscientious about the act.
why the United States dropped the second bomb on Nagasaki, if they did not fully understand the impact of the weapon?
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Jean-Daniel Pique, “Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Stalin, Tuman and the capitulation of Japan. The race for victory.”, History Notebooks. Critical history review [online], 134/2017, posted online on May 27, 2017
Dropping The Bomb
This is the most interesting topic and it has generated a lot of controversy to students and historians. I have read the OpenStax online text and other materials about this topic of dropping the bomb. Whether The U.S. under President Truman was justified to drop the bomb or whether they should have delayed using the bombs on Japan, the fact is Japan invaded Peal Harbor, an American territory in 1941. So Japan started provocation by invading American territory. In addition, even as the World War II was approaching its end in 1945, Japan still chose to continue to fight rather than surrender despite knowing that they had lost the war. In order to avoid more invasions, more provocation, and prolonged fighting with Japan President Truman made the best decision of dropping the bomb.
In the final days of the Second World War, on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The U.S. did not start the war, but Japan did. The U.S. was justified in dropping the bombs on Japan because it hastened the end of the war and allowed the U.S. to avoid a bloody invasion of the home island of Japan that could have resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties. The use of bombs was the right thing to do for the U.S. and it actually deterred Japan who were determined to fight to the last man.
I would say that President Truman and U.S. scientists may not have known how destructive the atomic bomb was but were surprised by their power. This is because it was President Roosevelt who by the advice of Albert Einstein, started the Manhattan Project’s where scientists tested the first atomic bomb by July 1945, (“Openstax”). President Truman only knew about this project when President Roosevelt died. The scientists therefore were not very aware of the destructive force of the “Little Boy” and the “Fat Man” they were about to unleash on the Japanese mainland. I know there are no words, which can erase the tragedy that the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki endured. However, the alternative instead of dropping the bomb would be to fight a long, drawn out battle for Japan, which would have cost a million American lives and even more Japanese lives. The decision was weighed against that, and the fact that Japan had brought this war to themselves. War is hell, but it is a hell which if you are forced into it, then you fight it to win. America had the weapon to end the war, which was the bombs, save millions of lives, and they used it. Two days after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Emperor of Japan announced for peace and unconditional surrender. Let us all pray that the world never has to face that kind of decision again, not ever.
I have a question. Why does Japan have the USA as a friend even after the USA dropped an atomic bomb on Japan during WWII?
The Pacific Theater and the Atomic Bomb – U.S. History. (n.d.). Retrieved May 15, 2020, from https://openstax.org/books/us-history
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