When Truman made his decision to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I think it was a bad idea, but in a good way of protecting ourselves from Japan. The reason why I think it was a bad decision was that he didn’t really give them enough time to respond, and send a surrender letter. When we didn’t receive a letter, we figured they didn’t take us seriously. I think the Japanese didn’t get the letter yet, or we didn’t give them enough time to respond to it.
The reason why I think it was a good thing we responded when we did, is because in the time of waiting for that surrender letter, we could have given them enough time to come and attack us when we weren’t ready for it.July 25, 1945, Truman made his final plans to drop the first and only two atomic bombs in existence, at this time, on Japan. A day after his decision, the United States of America warned Japan of their attack, and that they would stop only if Japan surrendered.
Japan refused to surrender.On August 6, 1945, President Truman dropped the first atomic bomb, named “Little Boy”, on the Japanese center, Hiroshima. Seconds later almost every building collapsed to the ground. Even after the Hiroshima bombing, Japan still refused to surrender. In regards to their “response”, three days later we dropped the second bomb, named “Fat Man”, right on top of Nagasaki, Japan.
Destroying half of the city, and taking 200,000 people’s lives, due to radiation poisoning and injuries caused by this deadly atomic bomb.After the second blast, Emperor Hirohito finally realized that his innocent people were getting hurt. He decided very quickly to end this war and surrender to the Americans. He told his leaders to “draw up the papers, to end the war”. On September 2, 1945, the formal surrender ceremonies were held on the U.S.
Battleship “Missouri” in Tokyo Bay.In concluding my thought, I feel as if Truman made the best decision he could possibly make. Even though we all have different opinions on how he should have handled it. He was President at the time, and he only saw it the way we never will.