What Is Harry Truman Making The Atomic Bomb Decision

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The Decision When Harry Truman learned of the success of the creation of nuclear weapons, he was faced with the most difficult decision in history. The capacity to end the war with Japan was in his hands, but it would involve unleashing the most terrible weapon ever known. Truman ultimately had to decide if the gains from ending the war would outweigh the destruction from ordering the bombs and leading the world into the nuclear age. After very careful deliberation Truman made the right decision on ordering the use of the atomic bomb. The decision prevented millions of American casualties, millions of Japanese casualties, and served as a deterrent to the USSR expansion. The war in the Pacific had been raging for almost four years. The two battles immediately preceding the bomb decision were Iwo Jima and Okinawa; two battles where the Japanese fought to the death and the cost in American casualties was horrific. After those battles it was predicted that the invasion of the Japanese mainland would be even worse (51g. The Decision). The entire Japanese military and civilian population would fight to the death. The belief of the Japanese people was, “Real men, real…show more content…
Truman’s decision saved the lives of millions Americans, millions of Japanese people, and aided in restraining the Soviet Union. The use of nuclear weapons was what ultimately put an end to World War II. Some say the bombings were the last attacks of World War II, but the first attacks in the Cold War. Overall, Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons was the correct one. Works Cited "51g. The Decision to Drop the Bomb." The Decision to Drop the Bomb [ushistory.org]. Ushistory.org, 2008-2012. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. Cooper, John W. "Truman's Motivations: Using the Atomic Bomb." World War II. 9 Dec. 2009. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. "World War 2: Atomic Bomb." History. History Channel. Web. 17 Apr.
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