The Atomic Bomb On Japan Essay

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It was the spring of 1945 and the German forces had been defeated by Allied troops. World War II was now a one front war in the Pacific when President Truman moved into office and was informed of the Manhattan project’s success; America now had the first atomic bombs. While American soldiers and civilians were weary from four years of war, the Japanese military was unwilling to give up their fight. This left President Truman with as he said, “The most difficult decision of my life.” On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb, named ‘Little Boy’, was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later ‘Fat Man’ devastated the city of Nagasaki, Japan. Shortly after these catastrophic events, Japan issued its surrender and World War II ended, but even 70 years later, the decision of whether or not America should have dropped the bombs is a controversial topic. This would come as no surprise to President Truman, because while he made the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan he knew the world would be forever changed. ‘Pandora’s box’ would be sprung open and the question of “How will the world use its nuclear capabilities?” would come flying out.

President Truman wanted to be given all the alternatives to ending the war without the use of the atomic bomb before he made a decision. He appointed a group of government officials, military leaders, and scientists to advise him. There were several other options besides using the atomic weapons on Japan. The first option…

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