19 February 2012
Truman: Bomb Dropping
It was August 6, 1945 when the first ever atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later another was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, Japan and this let to the surrender of Japan in World War II. The surrender would have not occurred so soon if it had not been for President Harry Truman’s decision to use the first ever nuclear attack on another nation. His decision changed history and the way the world worked. This meant that nuclear power was out there at the disposal of the United States for them to use whenever they saw fit. The decision Truman had to make was extremely difficult seeing as he was faced with a huge ethical dilemma whether to kill entire cities to save millions of American lives. The issue was not only was it ethically right but did he have enough justification to prove to the world that dropping the atomic bomb was the only way to end the war.
When you look at Truman’s decision from an ethical perspective, many different ethical views have to be taken into account to judge whether the decision was right or wrong. Utilitarianism is one way to judge the actions that Truman carried out in the bombings in Japan. Utilitarianism is basically a way of trying to create the most happiness possible for the most number of people. In Utilitarianism every one counts for one person and one person only because everyone matters equally. The easiest way to justify a right action is that the end justifies the means. The outcome of the action has to be beneficial to the majority of the people. The point of Utilitarianism is to think about your actions and what consequences they will have before you do them. Determine whether they are right or wrong by looking at all of the possible outcomes and see if it is going to be positive for the majority of the people involved. In President Truman’s case, he did look at this from a consequential standpoint. Him and his team analyzed all of...