The Atomic Bombs On Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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Upon reviewing Ronald Takai’s Hiroshima, it only makes me wonder what was going through the mind of President Harry Truman when he gave the “green light” to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It has been more than 70 years since that happened and the conclusion of World War II, and yet the legacy remains in our modern day history books and class lectures. But was deploying the atomic bombs on Japan really necessary? What was Truman thinking? And did the end really justify the means? Truly, upon reading Takaki’s Hiroshima, it led me to believe that Truman was probably more militant than his predecessor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and yet also showed a more personal side after the two bombs were used against the Japanese Empire. In this essay, I will describe how I would personally evaluate Truman’s decision and what possible scenarios could have led to the outcome as well as determining what other alternative routes he might have chosen if he decided not to use atomic bombs. The first question is always the one that often floats across the minds of young scholars: “what were his motives?” Truly, we have many theories and people who knew Truman most (either personally or through researching historical records into his legacy) have many differing opinions. We’ve heard that Harry Truman never had any second thoughts about ordering the use of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki—probably in an effort to avoid a possibly bloody land invasion of the Japanese
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