The Pros And Cons Of Harry Truman And The Atomic Bomb

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Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb
There are many arguments on whether President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan was the right one or not. Some historians say it was completely unnecessary while others believe his decision was made to save time and lives. The past cannot be changed but personal opinions on the matter can always be changed. Whether it was the correct thing to do or not, Harry Truman had to make the biggest decision of his life when faced with dropping the bomb.
There are clearly many cons to dropping a very powerful atomic bomb on hundreds of thousands of civilians. Innocent people are not the ones who should be targeted and killed. However, Truman felt like making a statement that would be a sure fire way
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Of course he wouldn’t want to waste such an expensive piece of work on just a demonstration but still something could have been done to show how much destruction could be caused from the atomic bomb. That isn’t the most wholesome reason to drop a highly destructive bomb but it doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary for a government official to do so. Another reason said behind the dropping of the bomb is that it was to scare the Soviet Union out of continuing the war by showing how much power America had. It is hard to tell what the actual reason behind dropping the bomb was. America wanting to show who is boss is a big reason many people think the bomb was used. This reason could very well be true; America is known for trying to be dominant on numerous occasions. Because of reasons like this, it is easy to forget the positive side to the story when faced with all the negative implications that using the bomb …show more content…
It had appeared that the Japanese were not going to surrender the way America wanted them to. Of course a big reason why the bomb was used is that if Japan would have been invaded, the death toll could have potentially reached half a million or more instead of the hundreds of thousands that were killed by the atomic bomb. It is said that if the war had continued the amount of American lives lost could have greatly diminished the amount that was killed by the bombs. It is hard to tell what could have really happened but it is certain that if the war had continued so would the loss of

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