Essay: Bombing of Japan

By | April 28, 2011

Sample Essay

Herbert Hoover, another famous politician met President Truman after hearing the decision in a bid to stop the bombing and suggested

I am convinced that if you, as President, will make a shortwave broadcast to the people of Japan – tell them they can have their Emperor if they surrender, that it will not mean unconditional surrender except for the militarists – you’ll get a peace in Japan – you’ll have both wars over.” (Long).

Even Admiral William Leahy, who was the Chief of Staff to President Truman was quoted as saying

“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons” (Long).

Paul also makes a strong case for his argument that the stubbornness of Japan could have only be broken by the Atomic Bomb. Paul quotes Alsop   as saying

“Japanese surrender could never have been obtained, at any rate without the honor – satisfying bloodbath envisioned by . . . Anami (Japanese War Minister), if the hideous destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had not finally galvanized the peace advocates into tearing up the entire Japanese book of rules “(Fussell).

He further paints the picture of this stubbornness by explaining

The Japanese plan to deploy the undefeated bulk of their ground forces, over two million men, plus 10,000 kamikaze planes, plus the elderly and all the women and children with sharpened spears they could muster in a suicidal defense makes it absurd, says Alsop, to “hold the common view, by now hardly challenged by anyone, that the decision to drop the two bombs on Japan was wicked in itself, and that President Truman and all others who joined in making or who [like Robert Oppenheimer] assented to this decision shared in the wickedness(Fussell).

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