The Nuclear Bomb Of The Atomic Bomb Essay

1037 Words Apr 13th, 2016 5 Pages
During WWII there was one major discovery that not only changed history then, but also continues to change how wars are fought to this day. Yes, this discovery was the atomic bomb. Harry Truemen is credited with saying, “It’s (referring to the atomic bomb) production and its use were not lightly undertaken by this government.” To the general public this might seem like a typical wartime statement. He goes on (in document H) to say that since we had the technology we used it to decimate Japan and stop them from attacking the U.S, but is that all the bomb was used for? From an astounding amount of examples against the idea that the U.S. only used the bomb to attack japan the answer is no. The bomb was used also, to intimidate the Soviet Union. In document H, as stated before Truman talks about why we must use the bomb to stop japan, but everything he says could also be applied to a future war, one with the Soviet Union. Truman, being the president at the time, saw that the Soviet Union was becoming more powerful and advanced and needed to flex his muscles, so to speak, by destroying Japan to show Russia that we were not to be messed with. This can be seen when he says, “We have used it… in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans.” He is to the normal person only talking about the present war, but to keen listeners, also talking about a potential war with Russia. Since he was the president; however, he could not just come out and mention a new war…

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