The Pros And Cons Of The Atomic Bomb

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Register to read the introduction… Truman was the most important in the deciding factor of this situation. He was immediately thrown into this position after President Roosevelt's death on April 1, 1945 (Jennings). Though Truman didn't know much about the situation, he was one hundred percent confused, he knew the war had to end so American lives could be saved, even though he was aware that alternatives to using the bomb existed (Bird). If Truman had been more informed on the atomic bomb, he might have made a better decision, the right decision. Truman was informed on the atomic bomb mostly by James Byrnes, also known as "Mr. Atomic Bomb" (Jennings). Byrnes and General Groves had a big impact on the matter. They basically manipulated Truman into doing whatever they said because they knew everything there was to know about the atomic bomb and Hiroshima (Hunt,403). Henry Stimson was another figure involved. He along with Groves were the two who wrote the order for dropping the atomic bomb, even though Stimson was very cautious about it all (Jennings). Finally Truman had decided in Potsdam to use the bomb after a successful …show more content…
The scientists were servants, paid to complete what the U.S. want them to (Morley). Only a few people who worked on the bomb actually knew what they were doing with it (Thomas, 23). The scientists had to think of the morality of the subject. They believed Japan should not have to go without warning that an atomic bomb would be dropped. In the end, Japan was warned from leaflets that bombs would be dropped, but not until the city was in ruins which makes the bombing even worse. People think everyone involved was pro bomb, but this is far from the truth. Dwight D. Eisenhower knew Japan was defenseless and was completely against using the bomb. Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces, also knew Japan was hopeless because they had lost control of their own air, as well as the importing of food, oil, and industrial supplies needed to carry on in a war (Freeman). Even General Marshall, who was one of the three most important people, questioned the bomb because it would destroy America's image (Jennings). Henry Stimson was haunted by the bomb according to Evan Thomas. He would refer to the bomb as "the thing", "the dreadful" and "the awful" (Thomas, 25). We have to remember this was someone directly involved in the situation. Robert Lewis, co-pilot, had even said, "My God, what have we

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