Harry S. Truman's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

1857 WordsFeb 26, 20187 Pages
President Harry S. Truman was confronted with a difficult decision on August 3, 1945 that would drastically change the history of the United States. President Truman decided to drop two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end World War II and the U.S. would soon meet another formidable enemy with the beginnings of The Cold War. The Cold War developed anti- and pro-Communist views, shifting the United States’ focus towards defeating Communism and its supporters. The tensions from the Cold War developed into great animosity spurring from the clashing beliefs of Democracy and Communism. 20 years later, U.S. intervention combats Communism’s spread in The Vietnam War. Although the U.S. thought it was necessary to intervene the My Lai Massacre along with other horrific incidents of violence, Communism’s spread and the major disapproval of the war effort characterized the Vietnam War as a failed attempt by the United States to avert unification by Communist nationalist forces in order to preserve and instill Democracy in Vietnam’s government. The Vietnam War’s initial purpose seemed to be clear: to destroy and prevent the spread of Communism to Vietnam and neighboring nations. This notion was backed by the belief that Communism’s spread was similar to falling of dominoes. The belief was named the “Domino Theory”, as Communism spread to one country; each neighboring country would fall to the clutches of Communism, one by one like toppling
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