World History II
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, a military base in Hawaii. It took America almost 4 years to retaliate against the Japanese. Still to this day there are historians that are debating whether America should have dropped the atomic bombs or if the government had known certain things if we would have still dropped the bombs on innocent Japanese civilians.
Many innocent lives were lost in Japan because of the Atomic bombs. The people that lived to tell what they remember, “a flash and then darkness” then, some lost consciousness before they were able to try and help out any way that they could. Even a mother lost her child due to radiation sickness. “I had plenty of milk, which he drank all throughout that day. I think my child sucked the poison right out of my body. And soon after then he died. Yes, I think that he died for me.[footnoteRef:1]” A lot of people died because we dropped a bomb. If we would have not dropped either bomb, then those people might still be alive to tell the tale about what happened to them during World War II. For example, Dr. Michihiko Hachiya is another survivor that lived. [footnoteRef:2]“Dr. Michihiko Hachiya lived through that day and kept a diary of his experience. He served as Director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital and lived near the hospital approximately a mile from the explosion’s epicenter.” He says that he remembers seeing the flash of light and then noticed that wounds that he had. If America had not dropped the bomb, then innocent lives would not have been lost and many others injured. [1: Testimony of a Hacthobori Streetcar Surviors] [2: Surviving the Atomic attack on Hiroshima 1945]
The military didn’t have to drop the bombs if they had listened to some advice that came from General Douglas MacArthur. William Manchester described the MacArthur’s reaction as appalled when he heard the news of the Potsdam Declaration. [footnoteRef:3]“He knew that the Japanese would never renounce their emperor, and that without him an orderly transition to peace would be impossible anyhow, because his people would never submit to Allied occupation unless he ordered it…Had the General’s advice been followed, the resort to atomic weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki might have been unnecessary.”[footnoteRef:4] Russia was planning on invading Japan 3 months after...