Truman knew Russia would enter the Asian war in mid-August 1945, but the scale and objectives of that intervention were unknown. The ferocity of Japan's military aggression and the appalling atrocities Although the full extent of the appalling atrocities committed by the Japanese military was yet to be revealed, the President would have been aware of the savage manner in which the Japanese had waged war in the course of their military aggression. Postponing the use of the atom bomb would only have prolonged the war and potentially created an even worse fate for the people of Japan, with an estimated five to 10 million Japanese fatalities — a number higher than some estimates for the entire Soviet military in the Second World War. Do you think the man-made Maginot Line was some kind of secret or that it altered the basic geography of France? If the war had gone longer, without the use of the atomic bomb, how many thousands and thousands of helpless men, women and children would have needlessly died and suffered. Adolf Hitler's sustained terror bombing campaign against the civilian populations of London and other British cities appears to be conveniently ignored.
Yes i think it was justified and in the long run saved more lives than both bombs took. It was a majority fact that Russia entering on the side of the allies that swayed the Japanese to ultimately surrender. Joseph Rotblat, a physicist on the Manhattan Project that created the first atom bombs, resigned in protest prior to the successful test detonation. Damn right using the A-Bomb was justified. They had thousands of cannon and machine guns aimed at those beaches. The real reasons for using the atomic bomb against Japan often appear to be ignored and this can lead to an unfair judgment being passed against the United States. Code-Name Downfall: The Secret Plan to Invade Japan — And Why Truman Dropped the Bomb.
The United States sent a warning to Japan and the two cities that they were going to bomb them but Japan refused to leave. As United States Senator and former Vietnam prisoner-of-war John McCain has stated, we treat prisoners of war humanely to preserve our own humanity and in the expectation that our captured soldiers will be treated in kind. The bombing was an act of desperation and cowardice on part by Trueman and his government. Also, America wanted revenge from the Japanese for the surprise bombing at Pearl Harbor. They had to be ordered to surrender or they could have created a hundred Nanking's when the invasion took place. In addition, there were hundreds of thousands of Japanese troops scattered throughout Asia as garrison troops.
Those who push this line conveniently ignore the fact that between five and ten million Chinese were slaughtered by invading Japanese troops between 1937 and 1945. Burrell puts the range between 18,061 and 18,591, with exactly 216 of these taken prisoner. District governors and police chiefs were reporting that the Japanese people were war-weary and despondent, and that popular hostility to the emperor and his government was increasing rapidly. American commanders said it would save money and the lives of American servicemen and Japanese soldiers and civilians too. Rather than risk the predicted 1,000,000 American battle casualties in an amphibious assault on Japan, President Truman elected to use the atomic bomb. On both occasions the all clear followed swiftly.
The Strategy of World Order. Not to mention that it had become an irrelevant relic long before Allied forces began pushing the Germans back after Normandy. Neither fanfare nor hesitation accompanied their choice, and in fact the atomic bomb used against Hiroshima was less lethal than massive fire bombing. Be it nuclear bombs, firebombs, high-conventional bombs, etc, it doesn't matter because what the warnings said on August 1st 1945 was serious. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.
Pay particular attention to the placement of the beach side German batteries and the water's edge and then imagine the men coming off those landing crafts into the teeth of the firing from those batteries and the hours it took just to advance 100 yards. It was considered a spectacular success. Pay particular attention to the placement of the beach side German batteries and the water's edge and then imagine the men coming off those landing crafts into the teeth of the firing from those batteries and the hours it took just to advance 100 yards. Try to explain the fact you had something that would end the war to the 1,000,000 mens' loved ones but their son, brother, or husband had to die. It was a strong signal that we were the worlds only nuclear superpower. In this sense, the U. It is clear from these accounts that while many in the civilian government knew the war could not be won, the power of the military in the Japanese government kept surrender from even being considered as a real option prior to the two atomic bombs.
Thank God For The Atom Bomb, And Other Essays. After six weeks of fierce fighting, and fanatical resistance by the Japanese over every foot of ground, the island of Iwo Jima fell to the Americans. They tried negotiating through Russia, even offering alliance benefits, without considering such neutrals as Sweden, Switzerland and Portugal. Before the United States dropped the bomb, they allowed Japan a chance to surrender. No matter that the atomic bombs actually killed fewer Japanese per city and were thus less effective than conventional firebombs. The Japanese were quite clear in how to defend their territory, all you had to do is look at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa to know that they would respond rapidly and rabidly. Although bombings do not meet the definition of , some consider the definition too strict, and argue the bombings do constitute genocide.
Legion Magazine is published six times a year in English with a French insert. Intensive conventional bombing would have continued or increased prior to an invasion. They were the nightmare of the Americans, an extremely powerful force equipped everything from the latest technology to the toughest soldiers. Those men would be someone's son. Was the United States justified in the dropping of the atomic bomb? To put this into context, the 82-day lasted from early April until mid-June 1945 and U. Critics believe a naval blockade and conventional bombings would have forced Japan to surrender unconditionally.