Essay on The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

1276 Words Oct 14th, 2014 6 Pages
President Truman Had the Right to Drop the Atomic Bomb
“On the morning of August 6, 1945, the American B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later another B-29, Bock’s Car, released one over Nagasaki. Both caused enormous casualties and physical destruction.” (Maddox 1). These disastrous events have weighted upon the American conscience ever since that day in history. Even though there are some people that disagree with the dropping of the atomic bomb, President Truman’s decision was very critical because he prevented the loss of many American lives, Japanese soldiers fought with no notion of ever surrendering, and it brought an end to a bloody war.
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He even stated in a public explanation given three days after the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima that the bomb was used “to shorten the agony of war and to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans.” (Cochran 173). Truman even states in his memoirs that using the atomic bomb prevented an invasion that would have cost the United States 500,000 American lives. The Joint War Plans Committee (JWPC) estimated that the invasions of Kyushu and Honshu would only cost the United States a total of 193,500 casualties. “Those who have cited the JWPC report in countless op-ed pieces in newspapers and in magazine articles have created a myth by omitting key considerations: First, the report itself is studded with qualifications that casualties “are not subject to accurate estimate” and that the projection “is admittedly only an estimated guess.” (Maddox 4). All in all, whether it was 200,000 lives or 500,000 lives, Truman still saved American soldiers from death by using the atomic bomb.
Second, President Truman had to make the decision to drop the atomic bomb because the Japanese showed no signs of surrendering. Many critics say that Japan was already beaten before the atomic bomb was dropped. “The answer is certainly “yes” in the sense that the fortunes of war had turned

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