Why Did Truman Decide To Drop The Atomic Bomb Essay

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Why did President Truman decide to drop the atomic bomb in August 1945? On August 6 and 9, 1945, the U.S. President Harry Truman decided to drop 2 atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Japan which then ending World War II. It caused a lot of casualties and disasters, killing 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. It has remained the only time atomic bombs have ever been used in warfare. The decision by the United States to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II remains one of the most controversial topics in Japanese history. Historians are still divided over whether it was necessary to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to end World War II. There are pros and cons on the droppings…show more content…
If USA didn’t drop the bombs, then it will give the USSR the chance to advance to china and influence those countries to Communism, therefore resulting in possibly sharing the occupation of Japan WITH USA after the war. Besides, it would suggest that the USA was afraid to use it. The US didn’t like that idea as the Americans and the office of Strategic services believed that Stalin have other plots and intentions, such as capturing the land’s resources and land. According to James Byrnes (Truman’s personal advisor), he made a comment in 1945, stating that he is worried and fretful about Russia’s spreading influence in eastern Europe. He also said that it will be impossible to persuade Russia to remove her troops from Poland and China and the island of Sakhalin unless they are shocked and impressed by American military strength. So in short words, James Byrnes believes that dropping the atomic bombs might make Russia more manageable and force Japan to surrender. If the USA did drop the bombs on japan, it will stop the USSR from advancing too far, plus halted the war quickly so that Stalin’s Soviet Russia did not demand joint occupation of

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