McClendon 1 Hailey McClendon HIST 1302 Tyler Laughlin 18 November 2016 The Justifiable Truth: Bombing Japan Death is never acceptable, but life is always worth fighting for. In 1945, the world was full of devastation and horror, innocent women and children were killed, cities were destroyed, and memories were forever touched by violence, all results from Japan’s crucial attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.There are many opposing views toward the United States bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but what is not understood, are the lives saved rather than lost due to the bombing. If the United States had not sent the Enola Gay to drop “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan forces would have never surrendered, and more U.S. lives would have been taken. Releasing the atomic bomb on Hiroshima was superbly justifiable because it protected U.S. lives, and brought the war to a swift end. On August 6, 1945, the United States chose a stance of atomic weaponry which would limit casualties to their own country. In “Why Was the A-Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima?”, Taketo Suzuki admits a common fact to her audience, “The American people were largely isolationist, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was given as a reason allowing the U.S. to go to war, also with Germany.” (Suzuki 87). She respectfully reminds her readers that the United States was in fact trying to avoid the war. The Japanese won their unspoken agreement to persuade the U.S. Military to join the war by bombing Pearl Harbor, killing approximately 2,400 people, and wounding over 1,000 including women and children. 1
McClendon 2 The Japanese put themselves in the line of attack and ultimately asked for devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. “Japan still had a large army in China, about 750,000 men in Manchuria alone (northeast China). If all these troops returned to Japan, U.S. troops would suffer terrible losses when they landed.” (Suzuki 88). Japan reluctantly contained more soldiers overall, which as stated in Suzuki’s quote, the U.S. would have been destroyed if all of those troops were in Japan as U.S. soldiers invaded their country. Which is why America and Russia
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- History, World War II, japan, Nuclear weapon, Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki