In Paul Russell’s passage from Thank God for the Atomic Bomb, he describes how the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were fully necessary. Russell agrees with President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs because of the logical reasons. He gives examples that compare to the overall effect to America, and the positive things that happen to America such as the fact that the war would be over. I agree with Fussell’s opinion because the atomic bomb solved many problems in one shot, including and most importantly the war.
Before Paul Russell was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, he was an infantry lieutenant in World War II and has had first hand experiences about what happens at the war front. As a lieutenant in the war Russell did not want to see him men die anymore. His insight into the very graphic things that happened during war compelled him to believe that the atomic bomb was the only solution. As a professor Russell’s opinion sounds much more believable, especially because he specializes in the 18th century.
The atomic bomb improved the life of most Americans, because it took them out of the war. Even though many people may say that it destroyed even more lives of the Japanese, in the long run it helped us. Robert R. Wilson gives us an example that states “Unless strong action is taken within the near future toward a positive control, this country will be drawn into an armament race which will inevitably end in catastrophe for all participants.” He is saying that unless some kind of dramatic step would be taken toward improving Americans situation than it would just get worse. Some people have said that the leader of Japan during that time, Hirohito, was just about to sign for a treaty or was about to surrender but there is no real truth on that. There are no documents stating that, only people’s stories.
Russell uses multiple examples explaining why the atomic bomb was necessary, but he doesn’t give any examples of the tragedy that struck the people of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. When Russell only gives examples of the positive effects and not the negative ones, it changes our views on the atomic bomb because it doesn’t tell us about the stories of the many people that died. Although, for me, it gives me enough information to tell me both sides, from looking at multiple resources I have come up with the idea that back then it was much more important for our country to win, and not only for “winning” but for also the long term effects for America.
In Paul Russell’s passage from Thank God for the Atomic Bomb, he describes how the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary. I too agree with this decision to drop the bomb because of the logos reasons. Russell completely agrees with President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs because of the logical reasons. He gives examples that compare to the overall effect to America, and the positive things that happen to America such as the fact that the war would be over. Russell’s decision shows his ethics in life, one may say that because he doesn’t seem to care about what happens to the Japanese he is cruel and cold. But he is thinking about the good of our country and you have to remember that during World War II the world was much more different than in the present. The ethics and morals were much more different than those in the present.