The Atomic Bomb “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on
Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first
attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But
that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not
surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and,
unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost. I urge
Japanese civilians to leave industrial cities immediately, and save
themselves from destruction.” Harry S. Truman appears to be perfectly
confident in his radio address to the world on August 9th 1945.
Confident that he has made the right decision in dropping the first
weapon of mass destruction, and thus hurling the world into an atomic
age. It is, however, the poise of this strong leader, that makes it
unclear to many just how agonizing and belabored his decision was.
While at the time, to the public, the dropping of the atomic bomb was
perfectly justified by the horrors of World War II. However, looking
at this subject in retrospect, the atomic bomb has been lowered from
its savior status, and in some people’s eye’s ranks among the world’s
most horrible crimes of war. This debate has raged between historians
for years, yet research and articles written in recent years how show
the atomic bomb not only ended the war is a timely fashion but also,
holistically, saved both the US and Japan, much distress and agony.
Nevertheless, the net worth of Truman’s decision to drop the World’s
first atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki well out weighed any
fallout that might be attributed to their destruction.
In the last days of World War II, victory for the allies seemed
inevitable. It was only a matter of time, until the Japanese would
surrender, and the world would be safe again. However, despite this
confidence, an invasion of Japan would prove to be a costly event, in
both capital and human resources. President Truman decided to take
the only logical way out of this war and ordered the dropping of the
Atomic bombs. By 1945, the war effort encompassed every aspect of
American life, draining the country of economic resources and creating
a level of instability within the government’s infrastructure. Also,
with the loss of hundreds of thousands of America’s finest men, it was
likely that any further damage in this respect would severely hurt the
United States in years to come. But this problem was not only in the
United States. Britain and France were both drained by war and it
was likely that they would be of little service to...