Decision to Drop Atomic Bombs
The Justification behind the Detonation of The Little Boy and The Fat Man
How could anyone possibly justify a decision that would result in over 265,000 potentially innocent people losing their lives? Justifications like this have been made throughout history by evil leaders with mal-intentions, or by psychopathic fundamentalists, but never by a governmental organization as respected and trusted as the United States. How is it possible that the most financially and socially developed country in the world is not asked to apologize for taking the lives of thousands of civilians? When reflecting on this decision made by the United States, there are a few factors worth mentioning. The first is the animosity held by the US not only against Japan but the axis powers in general, the strong desire to conclude a very painful time in world history, and the United States desire to become heroic. Although I do not know the specific thought processes and or actions that took place during this difficult time, I do have the ability to gather facts and attempt to recreate a simulation of what took place.
Dear Mr. Truman President of the United States of America,
As of May 8, 1945, the conflict in Europe has come to a halt. We are now on track to eliminate the threat that the Japanese pose to our democracy and our ways of life. Since Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 we have lost over 100,000 soldiers in an attempt to secure our position in the pacific. This loss of American life in the pacific combined with the causalities suffered in Europe has been far too great. Japanese soldiers and government show no sign of surrender, or an indication that they are willing to surrender. Despite the obviously devastating effect a nuclear bomb would have on innocent people, all options must be assessed in order to preserve American lives. It is clear from communicating with Japanese diplomats located in Portugal that unconditional surrender is not...
Harry S. Truman to Thomas Murray, January 19, 1953. President 's
Secretary 's File, Truman Papers.
Handwritten notes by former President Truman, ca. 1958. Post
Presidential File, Truman Papers.
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