The Emotional Attack Of The World War II And France 's De Gaulle

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2.2 Emotional Retaliation
On a more emotional level, Truman may have hoped to wreak vengeance on the Japanese for atrocities in China and other countries, as well as against Allied prisoner-of-war; a way of retribution for Japans history of barbarianism and inhumane military acts. These actions brought much fury amongst American and certainly played a role in the decision to drop the bomb. Dropping the bomb presented a dramatic way to bring closure to anger, resentment and bitter memories. Following Hiroshima, Truman stated, “they (Japan) have been repaid many fold” . With public feeling high against the Japanese, American leaders were “eager to crush the enemy” .

2.3 Post war diplomacy
However, despite the emotional intensity of the post-war period, Truman and other leaders like Britain’s Winston Churchill and France’s de Gaulle more inclined to be pragmatic, despite the influence of vindictive advisers like US Treasurer Henry Morgenthau, or General Dwight Eisenhower who orchestrated the Death Camps where over one million German soldiers died of starvation, exposure and disease. In fact, the Morgenthau Plan to turn Germany into an agrarian society with a minimum of industry and capacity to wage modern war was reversed because the capacity of the Russia to wage a modern war. Germany was needed as a buffer to the West to prevent rapid Russian mobilisation in the event of a war between capitalist democracies and communist oligarchies. Likewise, it was important to preserve…

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