U.S. History: Truman and the Atomic Bomb DBQ Essay
Mr. Lapierre/Mr. Lesser
Name: Al-shareef Eyeadelrosiyhia
Throughout American history there has been many turning points for our country. One of the most controversial ones was the decision made by U.S President Harry S. Truman to use atomic weapons on Japan. Many people believe that these actions were cruel and unnecessary, but there were others who thought that the actions were a smart military tactic. Both opinions have very logical explanations, but one of them makes more sense. Bombing Japan was the right thing for the U.S to do. There are multiple reasons why this is so.
Japan seemed like a very strong military power in this world war. They had no problem showing us their might and power at Pearl Harbor. Therefore it was only right that we did the same and showed them how mighty and powerful the U.S can get when we come together. President Truman did a great job of making an example out of Japan. He showed the rest of the world that waring the U.S will never end well. Truman’s way of thinking was very similar to that of former U.S President Theodore Roosevelt, show the world that the U.S keeps a big stick. Making an example out of Japan was one thing, but there were other logical reasons to why bombing them was the right thing to do. Document E shows the opinion of a U.S soldier when the bomb dropped. Prof. Paul Fussel says “We were going to live.” This shows that U.S soldiers were relieved when the bomb dropped. The bomb ended up saving thousands of U.S soldiers, we saved more than we killed. The bomb was for benefit.
While others may say that bombing Japan was cruel and pointless, their argument isn’t completely wrong. Bombing Japan may have been cruel but it was never pointless. The purpose for us bombing Japan was way bigger than many people think it is. Our purpose for bombing Japan was to avenge our fallen at Pearl Harbor and to show the world that the U.S is not a force to be reckoned with. Bombing Japan was cruel but never pointless, this is where the opposers went wrong. Our actions were always purposeful. Truman’s decision to bomb Japan was 100% the right choice.
President Truman’s decision, one of the most controversial decisions in American history, absolutely right. This decision saved thousands of our own military men. It also opened the eyes of the world, to see how violent the U.S can get. The almighty United States of America.