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Truman's Decision for an Atomic Bomb

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Andy Zhang Mr. Avallone US History II December 3 2009 Truman's Decision to Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki Even though the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II may be seen as vital in winning the war, it was unnecessary, inhumane, and unfair because the Japanese were going to surrender anyways, many innocent Japanese civilians were injured and killed, and that the Japanese was not given enough time or information to order surrender. ...read more.


In addition, the US military just regularly bombed Japan's cities and many were already destroyed. Japan was being blockaded by the US navy, and Soviets attacked Japanese troops in Manchuria. It seemed hopeless for the Japanese and it was obvious that sooner or later, the Japanese would have to surrender. Even though the Japanese would have quit sooner or later and their military was exhausted, both atomic bombs were dropped at civilian centers with no military purpose. ...read more.


In addition to being particularly devastating, the atomic bombs were dropped by the Enola Gay with little warning. The Japanese would have probably no idea how devastating the bomb would be when it was dropped. If they were given a demonstration, they would be intimidated into surrendering. Nagasaki was bombed only three days after Hiroshima was. This bomb was definitely unnecessary, as the bomb on Hiroshima caused enough casualties. These three days did not give enough time to Japan to surrender as well. Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an ill one, as it was an act of terrorism and an act against humanity. ...read more.

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