Truman 's Choice Was A Good One

989 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
On August 6, 1945, a bomb with the force of 20,000 tons of TNT, was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later a similar bomb was dropped on the city Nagasaki. Both cities were effectively eradicated and so was there people. Six days after that, Japan surrendered, thus ending World War II. Americans supported the action of Truman, that is until they saw the images of the destructive power of the bomb. The horrific images showing the victims of radiation and of burns that are caused by the force of the sun. As the Christian Century writes “What the use of poison gas did to the reputation of Germany in World war I, the use of the atomic bomb has done for the reputation of the United States in World War II.” The people of America began to question is Truman’s choice was a good one. Could have there been a different way to end the war without using Nuclear force?
After six years of war, Germany finally surrendered. This did not mean that Japan would too. Both countries ultimately entered the war for different reasons. Germany did not because other countries declared war on it because of their imperialism in Europe. Japan entered the war because they saw a opportunity to acquire land in the Pacific and jumped on it, even if it meant war. So when Germany surrendered, it did not really affect Japan 's plan. They still wanted land and continued to fight for it.

Truman only learned of the bomb when he became president. It had only recently been tested and found…
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