“Remember Pearl Harbor—Keep ‘em Dying,” were words spat from soldiers’ mouths in the United States military during World War II. Anger filled millions of citizens in the United States after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Were these unresolved feelings between Japan and the United States the cause of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Did the United States have a concealed passion to show their strength and scientific advancement? Was the United States terrified of another invasion taking place on their soil? Why were the atomic bombs created and used in the first place? The actions of the United States were derived from the initial attack by Japan, which was due to Japan’s unwillingness to surrender. The atomic bombs were initially created because Germany was believed to be in the process of creating their own nuclear weapons. Many people in the world today believe the bombings of Japan were not necessary; that the bombings were the United States’ way of depleting the Japanese culture. These theories are completely incorrect. The truth behind this unresolved conflict is the bombing of Hiroshima was necessary, where as the bombing of Nagasaki was unnecessary. These actions all occurred because of Japan’s refusal to surrender, the United States’ want to save American lives, and the Allies’ want for the war to finish.
In 1939, the United States was remaining passive towards World War II. They were choosing to stay inactive. Franklin D. Roosevelt first initiated the creation of a bomb “to counter Germany’s atomic program.” The original intent of the atomic bomb was to stop Germany’s progress in nuclear weapon production. The Allies dreaded the insurmountable casualties taking place throughout the war, but the United States remained isolated from the war until one horrifying event.
America’s involvement in World War II began on December 7, 1941. Japan invaded the United States and created the “largest attack on American soil” in United States’ history. It was an eye-opening event to the Americans, one had never before witnessed war on one’s own land. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor by bombing the ships anchored in the harbor; thus, taking the Americans stationed at the harbor off-guard. This critical event took the lives of 2,500 Americans, injured 1,500 other soldiers, and turned Americans from isolationists into activists.
The soldiers were sent in by the thousands to defend our country and put an end to the injustice causing the war. America could no longer relax on the sidelines of battle; they joined the Allies and fought in many of the bloodiest battles in the World’s history. During the soldiers’ courageous fight over seas, a battle at home was also taking place. The United States needed to produce an atomic bomb to defend itself against a possible nuclear attack from Nazi Germany. As the war began to conclude, “Germany surrendered three months” prior to the completion of the atomic bomb.
After Germany’s surrender, caused by...