Truman And The Atomic Bombs

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What would you do if you were faced with two impossible decisions? One decision left people dead. The other decision left other people dead. Neither choice looks good, and neither choice comes out pretty. This situation is exactly what President Truman faced in the use of Atomic Bombs in WWII. He was faced with perhaps the biggest choice any man has ever had to face. War is known for being messy, dirty, and downright horrid. War is never going to be a pretty picture, despite the glamorization movies sometimes like to portray. War is horrifically, and disgustingly ugly. There is no question about it. In WWII, America was at war with some of the most powerful countries in the world. The United states and its Allies against the Axis …show more content…
The efforts in fashioning the Atomic Bomb were named the Manhattan Project. The development of these nuclear weapons was the largest scientific engagement ever embarked upon. More than 100,000 scientists, including two Nobel prize-winning physicists, participated in the creation of the bomb. Three years after the embankment began, their mission was finally completed. On July 16th, 1945, scientists successfully completed the first Atom bomb test, named Trinity, which took place in Alamogordo, New Mexico. When the Japanese attacked our country, by bombing Pearl Harbor, US forces joined her allies in WWII. President Truman, in July, delivered a declaration for the surrender and peace terms for Japan. Japan entirely rejected the treaty, and Truman soon after authorized the usage of the Atomic Bomb. He had been told by the military that the potential loss of American lives would be significantly lower if the bomb was …show more content…
In August, Japan surrendered, finally ending the second world war, and later that year the Japanese government completely submitted as well. Soon after the explosion, radiation caused by gamma rays and alpha and beta particles were emitted throughout the two cities. These toxins gave the atomic bombs their deadliness. Even if you survived the explosion, it was likely that you would eventually die of radiation illness. Because the radiation was so severe, the Japanese people’s entire bodies were affected. Their bones, spleen, and lymph nodes were impaired because of the blood being targeted. Western scientists and journalists created heart-wrenching stories and pictures of people who were charred, in pain, and choking on their own blood. All stories showing the graphicness of certain death being sure to soon follow. Winston Churchill also came out with an estimation of lives being saved. He claimed that a million American lives were protected, and over two hundred thousand British soldiers were saved because of the use of the two

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