World War II

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On the early morning of December 7th 1941, hundreds of Japanese bombers surprise attacked Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base in Hawaii. Around 2,000 U.S. soldiers were killed that day in the attack. What was the U.S. supposed to do other than retaliate? The surprise attack finally brought a reluctant U.S. into the war. After 4 years of excruciating war, it had to end.

The man who saw the U.S. through most of the war was President Franklin D. Rosevelt, who died on April 12, 1945 from heart complications. Vice President Harry S. Truman succeeded Rosevelt to become President. President Truman was handed the great responsibility of having to decide whether or not to use the new "atomic bomb"� The U.S. had been developing a new type of bomb, the atom bomb.

The newly created atomic bomb had the power equivalency of 20,000 tons of TNT. With only 20 days between testing and delivery of the weapon on Hiroshima early in august 1945, no one really knew the power of the bomb.

The 2nd bomb was dropped on Nagasaki only 3 days later in which Japan unconditionally surrendered. President Truman ended the war with his decision to use the atomic bomb between the U.S. and Japan. Today the question is still asked; was President Harry S. Truman politically, morally and economically justified in his decision to employ the use of atomic weapons in World War II President Truman was justified to use the use of atomic weapons in World War II. He saved both American and Japanese lives. It is estimated that if the bombs had not been dropped, that the whole Japanese population would have been wiped out by conventional bombing within one year. Meaning that if the war had gone on for one year longer, the...