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Truman was the only person in history to order the nuking of a civilian population. Do you think he is a good man or a bad man?

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  • 6 months ago

    To him the concern was not for the Japanese population but for the lives of allied soldiers who lives would be in jeopardy should and invasion have to take place of japan. one has to consider the dilemma he was in, to use the A bomb or not that was the question, allied live over japanese lives, i think he was a good man.

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  • 6 months ago

    Can't tell from just that bit of knowledge about him. In time of war, a leader does terrible things, as such things are being done to his country. It's part of the job. The guy may have got off on it, or vomited and sobbed about it. We don't know. But it's the job of a leader to take care of the country and in war that means destroying the enemy.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    he saved thousands of american lives with that decision. that was a good result.

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    • Fred
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      You are correct, I made an error. Scrap everything before the word "WANT" There are other mentions of previous similar acts with captured bomber crews.

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  • 6 months ago

    It is silly and pointless trying to say he was 'good' or 'bad'. Very, very few people are unequivocally one or the other. You have to consider the circumstances of, and reasons for, what he did.

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  • 6 months ago

    I think he was a man who had to make a horrific decision. Good men can do bad things. Bad men can do good things. Applying a subjective label to a person's entire life is a futile exercise.

    • Fred
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      The decision for use of atomic weapons was sealed at the attack of Pearl Harbor. Repeated at Peleliu, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. The Japanese military had far more to do with the decision than anyone else. Harry S. Truman was destoned … only to 'go with the flow'!

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  • 6 months ago

    There are, unfortunately, civilian casualties in every war. THEY started it. We finished it.

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    • Fred
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      (Please excuse missing punctuation) I would do it over... it's late in the day!

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  • 6 months ago

    "We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark."— Harry Truman, writing about the atomic bomb in his diary on July 25, 1945.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Good man, it ended the war and there would have been hundreds of thousands more dead American, British, Soviet, and Japanese soldiers and civilians if Japan had to be invaded to end the war. And Hiroshima and Nagasaki were military targets also.

    Second paragraph under Hiroshima, third paragraph under Nagasaki.

    https://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/mp06.asp

  • 6 months ago

    So? More Japanese civilians died by our firebombing campaigns then those who died during or after the nuclear explosions.

    If you don't know what the firebombing campaigns are. American B-17 (Flying Fortress) and later B-29 (Super Fortress) would drop incenduary bombs, bombs that are desgined to cause massive fires. Due Japanese cities being nearly entirely constructed of wood, this would lead to massive city wide fires. Which resulted in millions of civiians dying from fires/burning to death.

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    • Fred
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      Jimmy Doolittle was moved from Europe to Okinawa placed in charge of the Airforce 8 th. never received replacement B-29's in time for hostile action. … So the only bombs Doolittle ever dropped on Japan … was in a B-25B Mitchell in his famous 'Doolittle raid' April 18,1942!

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    they were already carpet bombing cities before they dropped the atom bomb. destroying cities is part of world war.

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