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Atomic Bomb - 3

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On August 6th in 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb the world has ever seen on a Japanese war industry city, Hiroshima. Three days later came another bomb upon the city of Nagasaki, also a war industry city. Over 100,000 lives were lost to the catastrophic bombs. The decision to drop the bombs is one of the most controversial choices made by a United States president. Historians have argued on what President Truman actually tried to achieve with the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. Some say it truly was meant to put an end to the Second World War, however others are challenging that that was not the only intent of the action. Historians are beginning to believe that President Truman really had a desire to intimidate the growing Soviet Union, who was gaining a steady momentum in their communist influence on the world. With the evidence provided, it is proven that the decision to drop the atomic bombs was not to end World War II as Truman claims, but that it was meant to exhibit the power of the United States to the Soviet Union. The reasons for dropping the bombs usually include saving many American soldiers’ lives from further fighting, ending World War II faster, and keeping the Soviet Union from being a major power after the war. The claimed reasons for dropping the bombs to prevent heavy casualties on the American side and to make Japan surrender are not the true reasons. The real reason is that it was a calculated plan by Truman to drop the bombs in order to intimidate the Soviet Union and to make sure it is clear that the United States is the world’s superpower country. Truman failed to tell the America the truth and instead focused it about saving lives and ending the war. McGeorge Bundy, co-author of Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s autobiography, justified the decision to drop the bombs in his essay, "Danger and Survival." His 1988 essay also expanded upon his justifications. Bundy was trying to defend the United States and his own...