Truman and Atomic Bombs

649 Words Jan 13th, 2013 3 Pages
OPTION B
You are a member of the editorial staff of the New York Times. You are to take a side and then write an editorial on Harry S Truman’s decision to order the dropping of the atom bomb.
HARRY S TRUMAN
&
THE DECISION TO ORDER THE DROPPING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB
Boom! Boom! Seventy thousands Japanese citizens were perished instantly after the first atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Japanese still refused to surrender to Allied forces. On August 9, 1945, with the dropping of the second atomic bomb in Nagasaki, where eighty thousands people were vaporized, Japanese surrendered unconditionally and the World War II ended (“The Decision to Drop the Bomb” 5-6). But was it a right decision of Harry S Truman to end
…show more content…
He wanted not only to avoid Congressional hearings, but also another term of office. His chances of reelection would be a zero if it were known by the general public that he wasted money and lives of American soldiers by hiding a weapon that could have ended the war more quickly (“Why did President Truman Drop the Atomic Bomb” 4).
They also said that Truman should have chosen different ways to compel a Japanese surrender instead of dropping atomic bombs into two cities. The most obvious alternative is an invasion of American into Japanese mainland because Japanese was very close to defeat. And the World War II was close to the end. However, according to historians, the atomic bomb probably saved half of a million U.S. lives, not to mention the number of Japanese casualties than the invasion. Moreover, Japanese was close to defeat, but not close to surrender. Therefore, the decision of President Truman was necessary at that time. His decision was just for the good of America as well as was to save lives of both American and Japanese soldiers. If the war was prolonged, a lot of soldiers would die and the expenses would increase.
In conclusion, it does not matter the decision of Truman to order the dropping of atomic bombs was right or wrong. It matters how effective that decision in ending the war and saving lives of soldiers. And history proved it. With those two atomic bombs, the
Open Document