Gar Alperovitz, another revisionist, says that Truman’s main purpose in dropping the bombs was to demonstrate its power in order to intimidate the Russians (127). Even American generals, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and Curtis LeMay have stated that the A-bombs were unnecessary (Dower 92), arguing that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional means. If these charges are true, than Truman committed a war crime against Japan and its people. However, the historical record shows that in the summer of 1945 Truman was concerned only
The USA was occupying Japan before the Korean War started and the original aim was to make Japan pay for the damage done in World War 2. However, if Japan was rebuilt then it would be a good trading partner for the USA. Korea had threatened Japan in the past and the USA saw a communist Korea as a dagger pointed at the heart of Japan. A communist Korea would threaten Japanese and American interests as Japan is a western style democracy, as well as a cold war ally to the USA. However, the reasons for US involvement in Korea can’t be explained simply by their interests in Japan.
It is important to United States History as it marks the first time war had been brought to the country’s shores. It ended the belief that the United States was untouchable because of its distance from other worldly powers and it propelled the country into the spotlight as a world power to be reckoned with. In the early morning hours of December 7th 1941 an intelligence report was obtained by United States government officials indicating that an attack on a United States port by the Japanese was imminent. But the information was not passed on to officials at Pearl Harbor until after the attack was already in progress. The attack came in two waves, the first of which consisted of 183 planes and the second of which consisted of 167 additional planes.
After the Attack on the United States by the Japanese, the citizens of the United States viewed the world differently. Even after Japan concluded that it seemed useless to continue existing diplomatic negotiations just one hour after Japanese air squadrons bombed the American Island of Oahu. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy gave his speech to the nation using ethos, logos, and pathos to convince the nation that going to war with Japan was necessary. ! !
HIS 270 3/7/2013 Unit IV Response Essay Unit IV: Ultra-Nationalism and the Return of War Media has become a strong tool for persuading the masses of a certain thought or ideology. Media of all kinds were used during the war and during peacetime to make situations seems better or worse than they really were. Film was the primary media of choice at this time, as it was still an evolving and developing media format. All forms of media available at this time were used to try and persuade people to believe what the government believed in. France and Germany had never been on good terms with one another, but some films, such as The Eye of Vichy, attempted to make the Franco-German relationship seem better than it really was.
This is known as Ridgeways revival as he got the UN forces back in the war and stalemate for the rest of the war. This was a success as the Chinese attack overwhelmed the US/UN forces meaning they had to retreat, but Ridgeway got them back into the war. The main military failure was Macarthur Provoking the Chinese. As he ordered the troops to push further north towards the Yalu River, China saw this as the beginning of an attack on them so they intervened. Not only for this reason did China attack the US, but also Mao Zedong wanted to strengthen his position in china and thought attacking the US would do so.
They stated that the United States only used the atomic bomb to show its power to the USSR. It was not a question of saving lives; it was about showing our power to the world. The affirmative side also argued that although the Japanese population was extremely loyal to their emperor and would have sacrificed themselves to protect him, the United States could have used a conditional surrender by allowing them to keep their emperor as a symbolic leader. The Japanese population would have been satisfied because they would get to keep their emperor, and the war would have ended without any lives being lost. However, if violence was absolutely necessary, the United States should have continued bombing Japan with conventional bombs and proceeded to invade Japan.
While Japan wanted to expand in Asia-Pacific and build an Empire. America tried to get Japan out of China to maintain the balance of power. As WWII continued, Japan needed resources like oil, which the US imposed economic sanctions on to halt Japan. This meant Japan felt a war with America was inevitable if they were to achieve their goals in the Pacific. These factors led the Japanese to launch an attack on an American shore in the Pacific, Pearl Harbour.
To prevent going through an invasion, Truman made a hasty decision to drop the bombs. He saw the decision as an improvement to the country’s outlook. Another difference between the two as stated in an article titled, “Would FDR have dropped the bomb?”, there was much evidence that Roosevelt had been pondering possible alternatives to using the bomb on Japan, while Truman’s first instinct was to utilize the bomb at first chance only a few months after Roosevelt’s death (Mitchell
President Roosevelt used Pathos and Logos to attract the nation to the idea that if we did not act swiftly with force we would get attacked again and many more innocent lives would be taken. Roosevelt used the fact that Japan attacked not only Midway, but also Hong Kong, Guam, Philippine Islands and Wake Island along with attacks on American ships between San Francisco and Honolulu. The attack of this nature is the showing of unethical behavior that had to be stopped. This speech was given by Franklin D. Roosevelt on 8 December 1941 to the Senate, House and the citizens of America. This speech was given to the people by Roosevelt to show that he had declared a state of war, due to the actions of the Empire of Japan.