Ww2 Persuasive Essay

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There are many different ways to settle a dispute between two people. One person can concede defeat and apologize. An ultimatum can be issued and demands can be made. If these demands are not met, everything can turn ugly. In World War II, the Americans dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki. The bombs caused insurmountable damage and together killed over 100,000 Japanese citizens. Although at times the decision has been questioned; it was necessary for President Harry Truman to drop the atomic bombs on Japan in order to end the war. On July 26, 1945, at the Postdam Conference in Germany, the three main allied powers (Britain, America and Russia) met and issued Japan an ultimatum. Japan was left with two choices; surrender unconditionally or “face prompt and utter destruction” (Wheeler 58). If Japan would agree to surrender, it was suggested by the Assistant Secretary of War John J. McCloy that they be allowed to keep their monarchy style of government (Wheeler 68). Japan however, was not willing to negotiate surrender. This forced President…show more content…
An invasion of Japan could have caused tens of thousands of Allied casualties, while the bombs could be carried over and dropped by planes. Since Japan is an island nation, in order to invade it, the Allies would have to storm the beaches. When troops are all running in the same direction from one point, like from the beaches onto the land, they are basically running into the line of fire with no protection. In regards to a diplomatic solution to end the war, Arthur Compton, the co-creator of the atomic bomb said that “Though the possibility of a demonstration that would [end that war and] not destroy human lives was attractive, no one could suggest a way in which it could be made so convincing that it would be likely to stop the war.” (Alperovitz
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