Hiroshima; Right or Wrong? Essay

992 WordsAug 2, 20124 Pages
1) Describe the main arguments, reasons, and evidence that support the perspective of Historian A. -Historian A had a lot of reasonable and strong perspectives on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. She views the United States was not justified in dropping the bomb. A huge argument begins with the U.S. knowing that Japan was trying to surrender. This is a great example of unnecessarily kicking someone when they are already down. The Japanese wanted peace and tried to surrender, the only condition was that they could keep their emperor. The U.S. declined and said they had to have an “unconditional surrender.” After the bombing, the U.S. let Japan keep their emperor anyway. The U.S. could have saved so many lives if they had…show more content…
America had a bad experience with letting a condition slide during World War 1, which was a mistake and led to the next World War. The U.S. did not want to risk more war and denied Japan of their condition. They also believed that if they allowed Japan to keep their emperor, it would encourage Japan to be more resistant against the U.S. to see what they could get away with. We also didn’t want to show any signs of weakness by straining our strict policy of not accepting anything less than “unconditional surrender.” Historian B claims that Japan actually wanted more than just their emperor, which shows that the bombs were necessary to keep out further war. The quick dropping of the bombs wasn’t to keep Russia out of war considering the U.S. did not know the exact date of Russian entry. Officers were instructed to drop the bombs when weather was appropriate and the quicker to end the war, the better. The bomb was also not used to scare the Russia considering the Russians were too resistant to U.S. policies in Europe. The use of the bomb being dropped on empty land would have been a waste of a bomb and time. It took two bombings on Japan to bring the surrender shows that the bombing of empty land would not have been effective. The committee also recommended it be used on military targets. Importantly, the U.S. warned Japan that the use of an atomic bomb would be ordered against them unless they accepted
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