Paul Fussell’s “Thank God for Atom the Bomb”: A Critique

3 pages | 770 words

In this essay, I will be critiquing the argument made by Paul Fussell in his essay “Thank God for Atom the Bomb”. The essay is a response to Arthur Hadley’s argument that the use of the atomic bomb on Japan was unnecessary. In his essay, Fussell tries to justify the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by arguing that it saved American lives. He claims that the US Air Force would have continued to bomb Japan until they surrendered and that this would have resulted in hundreds of thousands of American casualties. He also argues that the bombing forced Japan to surrender and saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Japanese people who would have been killed in a ground invasion. Though the arguments in favor of the bombing presented by Paul Fussell are based on facts, however, they fail to justify the bombing at all


Sexual Violence in Wartime: The Japanese “Comfort Women” System and the Prostitution of Korean Women during the American Occupation of Japan

5 pages | 1300 words

This essay looks at two cases of wartime sexual violence: the Japanese "comfort women" system during World War II, and the prostitution of Korean women by American GIs during the US occupation of Japan following the war. Although both cases involved the exploitation of women, they differed in many ways, including the scale of the violence, the involvement (or lack thereof) of military authorities, and the response of the international community.