The Atomic Bomb: Beneficial or Disastrous?
Was dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II the most affective action that the United States could have taken? In the American eyes it was a good punishment on Japan in response to the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941. The way the Japanese leaders launched the fighter planes that came in a destroyed many U.S. naval ships and took thousands lives, including soldiers and innocent bystanders, was a completely immoral action because Japan had hinted interest in keeping the peace with the United States. Pearl Harbor at the time was not in a high alert situation because the U.S. was under the impression that Japan would attack do to them being interested in keeping peace. In fact the U.S. soldiers were not manning anti-aircraft guns or any other defensive type weapons at the time prior to the attacks. The U.S. naval and air strength in the pacific were crippled by the attack, thus making the attack from Japan successful. On December 8, 1941 the United States Congress declared war on Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Not everyone wanted to enter this war. When I say everyone I only mean one. Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana was the only vote against declaring war on Japan. Rankin had also voted against going into World War 1 (Anderson). The attack on Pearl Harbor sparked the United States to take drastic measures to ensure victory over Japan in order to have the peace of mind and to insure the safety of innocent Americans. On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped the atomic bomb named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the second atomic bomb name “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, Japan. On August 14, 1945 Japan agreed to an unconditional surrender and then on September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered and World War II was finally over (1942). Although the war was finally over there were a couple...
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