Since its detonation in 1945, controversy has surrounded the American decision to drop the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. By exploring the basic moral integrity regarding the detonation of the atomic bomb unto the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it can be said that there is more to the story than there first appears. The primary goal, however, isn't to sway the reader to believe that the bomb's detonation was right or wrong, but rather to help one discover and be well-versed on a topic so an education opinion can be made.
Since the internet was not even conceived as an idea in 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped, there wasn't, unfortunately, a live tweet feed for me to scroll through. There were, however, some very interesting pictures, facts, and videos I found on Twitter that help contribute towards evidence on the devastation brought about by the atomic bomb. This was great, but not everything I needed. I had more substantial luck with the blogs. I found a great blog that gave a good amount of information onto how the environment and personal health of the Japanese people were effected.
While it is quite easy to believe that America was entirely heartless and in the wrong by choosing to drop the atomic bomb, many factors of consideration went into this serious decision. There was no "red button" that the President just randomly decided to push because he was tired of war. Rather, after a bloody battle at Okinawa, the future possibility of a land raid was predicted to be very costly massacre in terms of lives, both American and Japanese.
America had always planned on using the atomic bomb. There were critics among scientists, but in general, little consideration of the effects allowed great distress to be ensued among the Japanese. Even though America began the Manhattan project in competition of German development of nuclear warfare, according to president Truman, "The target is and always was Japan."
In my research, I learned that Japan surrendered out of fear of the atomic bomb. It was not the devastation that had already ravaged the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that brought the nation to its knees, rather it was the residing fear over the demonstrated power of destruction. Research shows that by early 1945, well over half of the Japanese citizens viewed the war as an inevitable defeat, for United States Air Raids were particularly damaging and had wiped out countless towns and the thousands of civilians that lived there.
After the European front of the Second World War had both stunned and devastated the world, America still had conflict to resolve on the Pacific front. Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor was more than enough to incite rapid support with the American public over involvement in the war. America had soldiers fighting on both the European and Pacific fronts, against both Nazis and Japanese soldiers. After Hitler's suicide and the end of the war on the European front, known as D-Day, the war on the Pacific front was still going on.
In George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, the world was divided into three separate regions; Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia. The main character, Winston, noticed that his native Oceania was constantly at war, whether it was with Eastasia or Eurasia. In fact, one of the three slogans for Oceania was "WAR IS PEACE." This contradictory statement is later explained in the novel as a demented way of saying that war spreads fear, resulting in total blind loyalty and obedience to the government.
Humans, while good at heart, can be belligerent by nature. Fighting over territory, pride, and females is something that can be found in nature with many animals. Therefore, it is not surprising that humans have this trait as well. Unlike animals, however, we as a species have taken fighting to an all new level - war. Over thousands of years, the conflict of war has changed dramatically with weaponry like guns, tanks, bombs, and airplanes, evolving from fist fights and daggers. Populations have been devastated over matters that purely involve the government.
I'm a student at Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hi, I'm Rachel Henkels. Currently, I am reading the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The question I am exploring is, "...