Why Did President Truman's Decision To Drop The Atomic Bomb

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It appears as if mankind’s most destructive war is coming to end. Victory has been won at a steep cost in lives and treasure. We would not be here, however, had it not been for the valiant efforts of everyone involved in the war effort. While President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb may seem controversial in the long run, its immediate effect is that it saved lives. Nobody can argue the fact that the war needed to end as soon as possible. While history is full of examples depicting war and suffering; none match that of this current conflict. Endless streams of men have been sent to their death on the front. Not only that, but civilians have taken the brunt of the burden. Men, women, and children have been driven out of their homes…show more content…
New tactics were used against us, including the “Kamikaze.” These men preferred death before a perceived dishonor. This was the case until the atomic bomb was dropped. President Truman did not come to this decision lightly. Much care was put into the development of this new weapon at the Los Alamos, New Mexico testing facility. Some of our greatest minds designed this weapon, despite its terribly destructive nature. The President as given the tool to win the war, so he decided to use it. The decision to drop the bomb is a testament to the strength and ingenuity of the United States. The USSR is an ever growing threat to world peace. After the war, they may simply replace Nazi Germany as the new tyrannical power in the world. This bomb, however, would dissuade them. President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb was a necessary evil. Many millions of US and Japanese casualties would have resulted if an invasion of the Japanese home islands was required. By the taking of these Japanese lives, the President has saved the rest. What once was a closed heart in Japan is now an open mind. While lives were saved, we must endeavor to control this power we have unleashed. God only knows what will happen to the world if these weapons have to be used
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