Paul Fussel- Thank God for the Atomic Bomb.pdf - 1 Paul Fussel \u2013 Thank God for the Atomic Bomb 2 Paul Fussel\u2019s document is towards the point of view

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1. Paul Fussel – Thank God for the Atomic Bomb 2. Paul Fussel’s document is towards the point of view that the US should’ve dropped the atomic bomb. He approved of the idea because he was in the war when it was happening. He saw the battle with his own eyes. When the bombs dropped he knew he’d be able to go home and live into adulthood, that the bombs weren’t to punish, but to end the war. 3. “I find this canting nonsense. The purpose of the bombs was not to “punish” people but to stop the war.” “When the atom bomb ended the war, I was in the Forty-fifth Infantry Division, which had been through the European war so thoroughly that it had needed to be reconstituted two or three times.” “When the atom bombs were dropped and news began to circulate that "Operation Olympic” would not, after all, be necessary, when we learned to our astonishment that we would not be obliged in a few months to 25 rush up the beaches near Tokyo assault-firing while being machine-gunned, mortared, and shelled, for all the practiced phlegm [calmness] of our tough farads [measurement of electricity] we broke down and cried with relief and joy. We were going to live.” “The killing was all going to be over, and peace was actually going to be the state of things.” 4. I agree that his happiness and joy towards being able to go home and live his adulthood is great. These men can live their lives to the fullest after the chaos and can realize they don’t have to die. Although, I do not agree with the mass bombing of people and the death of millions. Fussel said it wasn’t to “punish” but the “end the war”, sure that’s valid, but that doesn’t support the death of millions of innocent people and the resentment of the Japanese for months after.

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