Atomic Weapons Against Japan During Ww II Essay

768 Words Oct 25th, 2015 4 Pages
On 6 August, 1945, President Truman’s decision to utilize an atomic bomb on Hiroshima to end World War II was carried out. The second bombing on Nagasaki was the final assault needed to push Japan into surrender and end the dreaded war; a decision that left President Truman with a feeling of distaste and horror, a decision that very few attempted to sway the presidents’ mind on, and none that were successful (Miller Center 1). However, there was one petition, which if it had reached President Truman in time that could have made the difference in the choices that were made. Leo Szilard 's petition to President Truman, urging him not to use atomic weapons against Japan during WW II, used all three types of persuasive appeals to accurately describe what a rash decision to utilize these weapons would do to the Japanese populace, to the American military in the public eye, and the probable opening of a Pandora 's box across the nations in the use of atomic technology. Although Szilard’s petition never reached the President’s desk, one could deduce that the heavy use of Logos, along with the tone of the petition, would have been a successful appeal that would, at the very least, challenge the President to look into other means of ending the war. When using Logos in an argument, logic is the key means of persuasion. Szilard uses many examples of Logos throughout his petition which also contained the appropriate tone and language to grab the Presidents attention and show what the…

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