The Atomic Bomb
By: Hannah Haines
August 6th, 1945, Japan changed forever, it was the day President Harry Truman decided to drop two atomic bombs “little boy” and “fat man” over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The explosion of “Little Boy” over Hiroshima alone wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people. Tens of thousands more would eventually die from all of the radiation exposure. On August 9th the Nagasaki bomb “Fat Man” killed about 40,000 people resulting in Japan's official surrender on August 15th.
A question that a lot of people probably asked was “why did he drop those bombs?” In my opinion he did the right thing by dropping the bombs, yes he killed men and women and children but so many more would have died if he hadn’t of dropped the bombs. “For Truman, the choice whether or not to use the atomic bomb was the most difficult decision of his life.
First, an Allied demand for an immediate unconditional surrender was made to the leadership in Japan. Although the demand stated that refusal would result in total destruction.” In the end Truman did what had to be done.
Would the Japanese have surrendered without the dropping of the atomic bombs? The world would have been such a different place if they had of just surrendered. By the 1970’s some scholars say that “the atomic bomb was unnecessary because the Japanese would have surrendered by the end of 1945.” So looking at it from their perspective I don’t think it was worth dropping the bombs, but what if they claimed...