President Truman's Japan Bombing Decision Essay

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The Ethical Merits of Truman’s Japanese Atomic Bombing Decision: Was it Justified? Name: Institutional Affiliation: Abstract Over the years since the end of World War II, there have been raging debates about the United States’ controversial decision to unleash nuclear atomic bombs on Japan. The decision that has sparked worldwide discourse among historians and scientists alike was made by the then US president, Harry S. Truman. One bomb hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 while a second bomb was dropped in the city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The aftermath of the two bombings was catastrophic, with hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians buried and killed by the bomb debris. There have been several arguments for and against that decision that had tremendous adverse effects on Japanese civilians. Legal, historical and political scholars are still divided as to whether the atomic invasion or bombing was a suitable and justifiable means of achieving victory by the United States. Some historians have lent credence and justified the decision as acceptable under the then prevailing circumstances in America while others have vehemently opposed and questioned the moral and ethical efficacy of that decision; whether it was necessary in the first instance. On similar note, questions have arisen over whether there must have been any hidden agenda or ill intentions by Truman in arriving at such a decision .The fact that Harry Truman defended his decision points to the fact that it was a means to an end (Bernstein, 1998). Besides the negative impacts that the atomic bombing decision by Truman had on Japan and its populace, the decision equally had political implications particularly for the United States of America. This paper evaluates and discusses President Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan during the World War II that killed and maimed

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