The Validation and Long-Term Effects of the Bombing of Japan During WWII
Heidi Shartrand // HIS 100
President Truman, who authorized the use of nuclear weapons on Japan
A beloved Japanese structure and the natural folige that was destroyed in the bombing.
A survivor gets treated for his radiation
burns by a Red Cross workers.
This lens provides a look at
events,such as the bombing
of Japan, from a political
The political lens would turn its eye on the political stage of the U.S. during WWII. The United States did not enter the Second World War until the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. This isolation, as a political move, was a maneuver to prevent the effects of the war on the U.S. shores. However, when Japan launches an offensive on the U.S. navel base in Pearl Harbor, President Truman had to flex the remains of military powers on the global stage.
This lens provides a look at the effect of the bombings on the local environment; the agriculture and the ecosystem.
This lens would examine the effects of the atomic radiation and fallout on the surrounding environment. This lens assess the local ecology, including the potential devastation of the local agriculture, the potential for demolition or extinction of local species of animals and plants, and the lasting radiation in the area. A well-known place affected by radiation exposure is Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Soviet Union.
A humanitarian lens sees the bombing of Japan as a humanitarian issue, an event that killed thousands and harmed even more. Despite the body count, the U.S. utilized this moment to leverage power by providing aid to the very country that it bombed. Between 1946 and 1952, Washington invested $2.2 billion towards Japan’s reconstruction. // Source: https://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/2014/06/06/the-lessons-from-us-aid-after-world-war-ii
Secretary of State George C Marshall
“Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.”
Researching the American and Japanese relations during the bombing of Japan has helped me understand the contemporary issues of the War on Terror after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the contemporary issue of the tension between the US and North Korea as nuclear weapons are yet again discussed as a way to assert dominance on the world stage.
The Value of
Knowledge and reverence for the cause and effect of historical events can provide helpful assessments for current and future leaders who wish to make changes, or who wish to stay the same.
"North Korea is a real threat. Our view has always been that we would prefer to resolve these issues peacefully,"
Below: President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe // Getty Images
Right: President Trump Twitter tweet discussing how big the U.S. "Nuclear Button" is. // FOX Carolina
The effects of nuclear power have already been seen with the bombing of Japan, and the value of this knowledge can either be utilized to discourage the destructive power or to utilize that power to intimidate others on the global scene.
Does History Repeat Itself?
History repeats itself in patterns, not in very specific events but in the ways that humankind cycle in their interactions with each other.
While this example is not of nuclear weaponry, the cycle of disease can be seen historically. to ebb and flow, depending on the social climate surrounding the subject.
Disease such as measles
Possible adverse affects of vaccinations or misinformation about vaccinations
Drop in childhood vaccinations
Historical repetition based on research done on the bombings of Japan in 1955.
President Truman approves the use of nuclear power to demolish two cities in Japan. He expresses that we now have the capability to demolish others faster and more efficiently than before
Barack Obama makes the statement that nuclear weapons would be an absolute "last resort" and not even available as defense against non-nuclear states.
The Cuban Missile Crisis provided the Soviet Union and the U.S. with 13 days of fear as leaders engaged in a military standoff.
President Trump threatens North Korean leader Kim Jung Un that if he used his "Nuclear Button", the U.S. would respond in kind.
As a participant in a functioning society such as the United States, there should be some obligation to understand the historical events that have impact current society. If one wishes to be a passive member of society, then the obligation is less however the social involvement should be reduced to prevent misinformation.
The Pew Research Center provides statistics for current public opinion on trusting the political knowledge of Americans.