Dropping the Bomb Essay

953 WordsFeb 27, 20154 Pages
The decision for whether or not to drop the atomic bomb was a big decision for President Harry S. Truman. When Harry Truman knew what would happen with the Manhattan Project, he knew he was faced with a major decision. The ability to end the war with Japan was in his hands, but it would involve releasing the worst weapon ever known. Few of the most important people of that time had completely different thoughts that changed the views of many citizens. There are many strong, primary, and effective arguments about this controversial topic but the strongest argument was made in article two for many reasons including the following, it was a petition and petitions are usually very strong, many people supported it and it had the most supporting evidence. One of the weaker arguments about this decision was from Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project. In a speech made by him to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists he stated, “As scientists I think we have perhaps a little greater ability to accept change, and accept radical change, because of our experiences in the pursuit of science. And that may help us – that, and the fact that we have lived with it – to be of some use in understanding these problems,” (Oppenheimer, 9, 1945). By reading this statement, it is inferred that he agrees with the decision to drop the atomic bomb. His argument is good but weak, as he does not have as much supporting evidence as document two. Robert Oppenheimer never stated anything against the choice of dropping the bomb. This argument is different from the others because the second article to reference is against the dropping of the bomb. This article directly opposes the second article therefore making the arguments different. Overall, by inferring, it is concluded that Robert Oppenheimer agreed with the idea to drop the bomb and that is his primary argument. The
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