I know it isn't the anniversaries of these two horrific and deplorable tragedies and I know this is kind of ancient history for people not directly impacted by this event, but I looked at the past threads in PF and could not find a discussion of this topic, so I thought I would start the first one . Did Harry Truman make the right decision when he decided to dropped the atomic bomb onto the two cities because it supposedly would save millions of lives or do you believe that these events were largely war crimes because of the number of civilians causalities involved in this incident and a war crime because many of the residents of these two cities were not informed that the atomic bomb were going to be dropped onto the city. Do you think the pilot of the Enola Gay was justified in carry out these actions given by the president even though he would be responsible for thousands of deaths of people who did not initiate any aggression against this man or the US military. Many military advisers to Harry Truman advised him not to used the atomic bomb on the two cities. Personally, I don't think that millions of our US servicemen would have to die because there were many courses of action we could have taken besides implant our troops into the inlands of Japan ; We could have demonstrated the destruction of the Atomic bomb on an uninhabited island of Japan. Another course of action might be to have our allied forces surround the japanese islands sort of like quarantining the Islands like we quarantined Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis. After all, Japan was already weak militarily even though their attitude was very strong , its cities Tokyo was completely in ruins and their allied forces have been defeated by our allied forces.; attitude can take you so far if you are weak militarily; What are your thoughts? Did Harry truman carry out the right course of action or did you think a more appropriate action should have been carried out?