Truman Made the Right Choice

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President Harry Truman’s use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during the Second World War is the most controversial decision in history. While it was an undoubtedly difficult decision, it was indeed necessary in order to end this six year war that had ravaged the world. While many critics argue that the bomb was used primarily as an act of vengeance toward Japan, simplifying such a crucial moment in human history downplays the very real threat Japan posed to the United States. While avoiding strained relations with the other Allied countries, Truman had to assess the possible danger of the Soviet Union in a post-war world. Furthermore, the possibility of an arms race, the moral implications of using this weapon, and…show more content…
The response of the panel to which the concern was sent was that the use of the bomb would be “an obvious means of saving American lives and shortening the war.” While these scientists did not agree on the issue of its use, all believed it was necessary to control this new technology through international cooperation. Due to the aforementioned increasing tensions between the two emerging superpowers, an issue of great concern was if, how and when to approach the Soviets with the news of the Manhattan Project. In spite of the differences between the Soviets and the United States, by Truman’s main concern was keeping unity amongst the “Big Three”, realizing that ending the war depended on the support of both Britain and the Soviet Union. The Interim Committee unanimously agreed that Truman should inform of the development of the weapon and our plans to use it against the enemy. They did not advise giving the Soviets specific details of the project, only informing them in order to “enlist Russian cooperation in the set-up of future international controls” of this new technology. Of course, because of the terms of the Quebec Agreement, it would also be necessary to discuss this with Churchill. The continuation of keeping facts from the Soviet Union in spite of the alliance
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