Enola Gay Essay
When you think of the words “Little Boy” you think of innocence and incorruptibility, but the atomic bomb targeted for Hiroshima carrying the code name “Little Boy” was anything but, and was one of the last straws for Japan is World War II. The bomb caused massive destruction and three days later when another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan couldn’t take it and surrendered. If today I was asked to drop an atomic bomb on an enemy I would have to consider a lot before accepting the mission.
When the U.S. dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima it killed tens of thousands of civilians and devastated Japan. They didn’t have long to recover, however, because three days later another atomic bombed nicknamed “Fat Man” was dropped on Nagasaki, causing a lot more death and destruction. If I was asked to accept a mission like this to defend my country my first thought would be to consider how much destruction I would cause to the country. Although in a war deaths are inevitable, I feel that it is wrong to kill a lot of civilians, especially innocent women and children. Soldiers sign up for war to defend their country, knowing that they are risking their lives every
day. Civilians did not sign up to risks their lives every day, they are just trying to live their lives as routinely as possible. Also, dropping an atomic bomb causes long term damage with the fumes that the bomb releases. For the people that survive in the surrounding areas there are more struggles down the line. They can get sick, have deformed children, etc. On the other hand, the duty of a soldier is to defend his country to the best of his ability, and dropping an atomic bomb would definitely help our country a lot in a war. However, the civilian damage is too great for me to take a mission like that. All in all, the damage caused in World War II to Japan by atomic bombs dropped by the U.S. to civilians is too great to have me take a mission like that now towards another...
August 6, 1945, the United States of America dropped an atomicbomb on Hiroshima,
Japan. The United States was justified to do this because of the unprovoked attack and bombing of
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which occurred three years prior to the bombing of Hiroshima, and it was
necessary to stop the war because it saved thousands of American lives. Until then, the fight had
never been on United States soil. The innocent civilians of Japan did not have to worry about being
killed on their land until they bombed us on December 7, 1941, the attack of Pearl Harbor. They hit 18
U.S ships, it destroyed the U.S naval fleet in one day. The bombing also destroyed 180 fighter jets
used in the U.S Air Force. Dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was justified.
The United States was justified in dropping the atomicbomb on Hiroshima due to the
unwarned attack on civilians and docked naval ships at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. For example,
the bomb displayed the power the U.S wielded when they dropped it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It
showed other countries that the United States had weapons, and would use them. This especially
threatened the Soviet Union, our current ally, and emerging enemy. The day after the Pearl Harbor
bombing, the United States declared war on Japan, and had ultimately avenged the dead at Pearl
Harbor with the atomicbomb dropped on Hiroshima. In addition to...
Michael A. Joyner
25 0ctober 2014
The Atomic Bombings Were Necessary
To the dismay of many people on August 6, 1945, the first atomicbomb was used in the history of mankind as a part of warfare. Many people died as a result of these bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and because of the bombings, Japan knew it had been defeated, so it soon afterwards surrendered to America. I believe that the bombings were necessary in order to make Japan surrender because Harry Truman, the President of the United States of America, knew that the Japanese military was not going to slow down on its war effort unless the Commander in Chief reacted in an extreme manner to cripple the Japanese war effort enough so that Japan had no choice but to surrender.
The purpose behind the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan was to try and force the Japanese to surrender the war effort against the Americans. However, the Japanese military would still not come to terms with surrender, so American airmen responded by dropping another atomicbomb a few days later on Nagasaki, Japan. The atomicbombs that were dropped started a very controversial issue on whether or not America’s dropping the bomb was the right thing to do to end the war with Japan.
Some people are under the belief that Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomicbombs on...
... The AtomicBomb
The Manhattan Project was a United States government research project where they produced the first atomicbomb. The project started in 1942, with only six thousand dollars in funding, and ended in 1945, when the first atomicbomb was produced. “ The atomicbomb took four years to produce about two billion dollars” (Moss 22). Dropping theatomicbombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was justified, that is why we dropped the bombs. The dropping of the atomicbombs saved many American lives, as well as many Japanese lives. Dropping the atomicbombs also ended World War II. Why shouldn’t we have dropped the atomicbombs on Japan? After all, Japan did not want to surrender and they were the hated enemy of the United States.
A few other countries had already thought of the idea of making an atomicbomb, such as, England. Japan had already started the actual procedure of making an atomicbomb. The United States was curious and worried about how the Germans were doing on their construction of the atomicbomb. The United States knew nothing about the production of the atomicbomb by the Germans nor the...
...The End of World War II
The United States Decision to drop the Atomicbomb has been a controversial topic since the day the first bomb was dropped August 6, 1945. President Harry Truman made the ultimate decision to use the atomicbomb, to him it was a clear decision that this would end the war with America’s most hated enemy: Japan (Nathan, 2012). There had been thousandths of bloody deaths up to-this-point in the war, Japan was destroyed, they had just about nothing, their country was in starvation, the domestic infrastructure was ruined, both sides knew that America was going to win. The question was not if it was when? (Nathan, 2012) Truman’s decision in using the bomb was not taken lightly it came down to several factors but ultimately he wanted the war to end as soon as possible with the fewest U.S casualties (Maddox, 1995).
Although Truman made the final decision in the dropping of the bombs he had many other leaders around him giving him feedback on the situation, what they thought would be the best decision, and things he needed to consider before the ultimate bombing happened. Truman writes in his journal the night before meeting with his committee on June 18, 1945, “I have to decide Japanese strategy—shall we invade Japan proper or shall we bomb and blockade? That is my hardest decision to date. But I’ll make it when I have all the...
...Q2) After WWII, some of the key developments in science and technology became deeply involved in the production of military weapons, such as the atomicbomb and other conventional weapons used in the Korean and/or Vietnam Wars. Choose any one exemplary weapon or military-related technologies, such as the atomicbomb, missiles, rockets, or chemical weapons and pesticides. Please then describe the scientific and/or other social, political, organizational, and industrial developments that enabled the development of such weapons or related technologies (You can use Dwight Eisenhower’s remarks on the Military-Industrial Complex in your answer). As a conclusion you should discuss some of the ethical and moral implications of such developments.
The Manhattan Project is a very good example of the collaboration of science with military aspects. The project was implemented during World War 2 and produced the first atomicbombs, which was primarily for military purposes. After the ‘success’ of the World War 2, the twentieth century saw a tremendous increase in the relationship between science and military use. By the 1950’s, 90% of the funding provided for research in physics in American universities came from the Atomic Energy Commission supporting work on military use. Eisenhower however warned against the Military-Industrial Complex, saying that “the entire network of contracts and...
...August 6, 1945 during World War II, he decided to drop the atomicbomb on two cities in Japan. The first bomb that dropped on Hiroshima was nicknamed “LittleBoy”. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the Hiroshima and immediately killed an estimation of 80,000 people; thousands more people would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second bomb dropped another on the city of Nagasaki, it is estimated to have killed about 40,000 people. Although the bomb that was dropped on the city of Nagasaki was said to be more powerful than the first one, the terrain prevented them from more damages. Japan's Emperor Hirohito announced a surrender from the war on August 15, addressed on the radio. The two cities were ultimately chosen to be target because they were untouched during the war. Harry Truman’s decision is both unjustifiable and immoral.
Albert Einstein created the equation E=mc2, which means energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. Leo Szilard wanted Einstein to create a letter to the president, Franklin Roosevelt because he knew that he would it would get the presidents attention. They soon began to create a bomb to protect themselves from Germany. But as the time went passed, Germany did not threat the country and there was a new president named Harry Truman. Then there were threats and the bombing of Pearl Harbor initiated America...
...The AtomicBomb: Beneficial or Disastrous?
Was dropping the atomicbomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II the most affective action that the United States could have taken? In the American eyes it was a good punishment on Japan in response to the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941. The way the Japanese leaders launched the fighter planes that came in a destroyed many U.S. naval ships and took thousands lives, including soldiers and innocent bystanders, was a completely immoral action because Japan had hinted interest in keeping the peace with the United States. Pearl Harbor at the time was not in a high alert situation because the U.S. was under the impression that Japan would attack do to them being interested in keeping peace. In fact the U.S. soldiers were not manning anti-aircraft guns or any other defensive type weapons at the time prior to the attacks. The U.S. naval and air strength in the pacific were crippled by the attack, thus making the attack from Japan successful. On December 8, 1941 the United States Congress declared war on Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Not everyone wanted to enter this war. When I say everyone I only mean one. Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana was the only vote against declaring war on Japan. Rankin had also voted against going into World War 1 (Anderson). The attack on Pearl Harbor sparked the United States to take drastic...
During the time of WWII, two AtomicBombs named LittleBoy and Fat Man on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. This occurrence is one of the most debated events of WWII. However the dropping of The AtomicBomb was not justinfied because, Japan would surrendered anyways and many lives would have been saved either way.
The Dropping of fat man and littleboy were devistating for Japan but good for us. We saved many of the United States troops lives. President Truman’s decision to drop the bombs was a tough but correct call on the drop of both bombs. It was a clearly justified call as bpth bombs caused the surrender of Japan. Either way They would have surrendered to our great power over them but the bombs were an extra way of saying “GO DIE IN A HOLE WE WIN” because the y were a minority power to us.
Being against the AtomicBomb is what most americans in this time believed because they hated that so many people died for no reason at all when they weren’t apart of the war. In article 3 it states that the Manhatten Project would cost around two billion dollars and it would show a negative lookout on the way the war would end. In article 6 the staement given was “No clear reason to drop the first atomicbomb....