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Abner 1Alexis AbnerEarlyUS History 1302April 23, 2019A Ticking-Time BombPresident Truman said that the decision to bomb Japan was his, “hardest decision to date”(Walker 34). He was torn between bombing Japan with the United States’ newly discovered atomic bombs or allowing the Soviet Union to invade Japan until they surrendered. Truman wanted to keep war costs as low as possible and thought that by choosing the route of the atomic bombs that the United States would, “...win a complete victory and keep U.S. casualties to a minimum...” (Walker 48). The atomic bombs killed everyone within a few miles' radius, almost instantly. Those who did not die right away were, “blinded by the flash, burned and blistered by the heat...,” (Walker 75) and later suffered from the effects of radiation. The use of the bombs hasbeen controversial because historians argue about whether it was necessary to end the war and that if Truman had not used the bombs, Japan would have surrendered once all three of the neutral allies joined the war. Immediately after the war a poll was made that showed 85 percent of voters supported the use of the bombs and some even wished that the U.S. would have dropped more bombs. The question of whether President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bombs was necessary and justified to win World War II remains to this day, but by looking at his key actions and concerns, a conclusion can be made. In, “The Decision to Bomb Hiroshima”,historian Gar Alperovitz argues that Truman’s decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki was unnecessary and unjustified. Alperovitz believes that Truman chose to use the bomb because he wanted to win the war on his own terms rather than with help from the Soviets so that he could impress them. “...the United States rushed to usetwo atomic bombs at almost exactly the time that an August 8 Soviet attack had originally been
Abner 2scheduled: Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9,” (Alperovitz 3). This backs up