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Imagine a deafening, loud, high pitched whistling sound made by a nearing bomb that had just been deployed upon your city. Your only hope was to cherish your last few seconds of life with who was near knowing it was the end. For the townspeople of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki in Japan it was a brutal fate they had faced. On April 6th, 1945, a B-29 bomber shadowed the city of Hiroshima carrying a weapon of mass destruction. The first-ever atomic bomb had been deployed and killed over 60,000 people. This act of “justice” served none that it spoke of, and after both bombs had been dropped it amounted to over 220,000 deaths. Among the dead were many innocent people, women, children, and the elderly. They claimed that it would put an end to the war, but this decision was not an honorable one they had favored. Although the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki caused japan to surrender quickly,  the decision to use them was not justified because Japan was on the brink of surrendering, we had other alternatives rather than using them, and that we were at war with three nations and only utilized nuclear weaponry on one nation, Japan.There was no need for President Truman to deploy the nuclear bomb on Japan. Japan virtually fought till its last soldier. Their soldiers fought with honor and pride which represented their “Kamikaze” mindset, which meant that they fought to the death. In the battle of Iwo Jima they proved their determination for domination and depleted their fleet from 20,700 men to nearly 200.(Doc. E). However, this did them no good in the long run as their navy and army served as a detriment rather than a benefit. Japan was on the brink of surrendering, and were in a deteriorated state due to lack of Army, Naval power, and number of soldiers to fend for themselves. (Doc K). In 1945 America bombed Japan in order to end the war and save an estimate of one million lives in warfare. However, it was not necessary to drop the bomb on Japan because of the terrible circumstances they were already in. In support of this decision were many of President Truman’s officers. General Dwight D. Eisenhower stated “I told him I was against it on two counts. First, the japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such weapon.” This supported the fact that the decision to use these bombs were unjust as it caused a severe amount of casualties, and many being innocent women, children, and the elderly. Although bombing Japan seemed like a great decision for the American military, there were other justified alternate solutions we could of utilized to end the war. There were approximately four alternate solutions to dropping the atomic bombs. First off, America could have carried out a demonstration of the weapon to persuade Japan to surrender. (Decision to drop the bomb). This tactic would of been used to scare Japan forcing them to surrender. Secondly, we could’ve waited patiently on the deteriorating state of japan’s military and the entry of the soviet union into the war to assist in forcing japan to surrender.  (Decision to drop the bomb). This decision could’ve of helped us tremendously as the soviet union’s Stalin declared war upon Japan once Nazi germany was defeated. (Doc J). Lastly, was the idea of carrying out with a full on invasion on japan. This operation was not carried out due to the estimate number of deaths to come to the American military, and the fact that Japan is an island and would serve a tremendous obstacle for the U.S. military. (Doc E). The decision to deploy the bomb was thought as a positive in regards of saving an estimate of a million people. However, alternate solutions were sought after by many who advised President Truman but were not utilized to justify the war. America was at war with three nations, and only utilized nuclear weaponry on one of them, Japan. Not only was the decision to bomb japan unjust, so was decision to only use nuclear weapons on them, and not the other two nations. With the many alternate solutions rather than deploying a weapon of mass destruction President Truman still stood assertive to carry out with the bombing. To this there were no threats to Italy, or Germany about utilizing the atomic bomb upon their countries. The Manhattan project was the development of the world’s first nuclear weapons, and was intentionally for Germany but was not utilized because of Germany surrendering on May 8th 1945. The project was completed on July 16th 1945. (Historical Background-DBQ). Approximately one month later America made the ultimate decision to bomb Japan to end the war. On the second day of september in 1945 Japan surrendered due to deterioration in their military and number of casualties that occured in the bombing. Back on American soil on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which called for the exclusion and internment of all Japanese Americans from the West Coast where the majority of Japanese Americans lived, outside of Hawaii. The exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans began in March 1942. We declared no such thing upon those of German, or Italian ancestry, why? The internment camps for the Japanese who sought for better opportunities in america were unjust, and very prejudice. Over 110,00 Japanese-Americans were held in these camps for a year after it was declared two months after the pearl harbor bombing and closed in mid 1946. As I stated before, the decision to bomb japan was unjust, and so was the decision to integrate the japanese population in minute internment camps across the nation. As the war neared its end in the pacific many decisions that were made were not justified. Decisions such as bombing japan and murdering hundreds of thousand innocent civilians, and corralling innocent japanese american immigrants into compacted internment camps. We had four alternate solutions to bringing a justified end to the war, but they were not sought after by our president. He believed that we needed to “destroy their docks, their factories, and their communications.” He also stated that “We shall completely destroy japan’s power to make war… It was to spare japanese people from utter destruction.” (Doc I). He had no remorse for the innocent and believed in a speedy end to the war instead. Without a doubt in mind I believe that America had unjust cause to ending WW2, there were many variables that factored into my belief, and I do not believe in civilian casualties as a “Justified” way to conclude many years at war.


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