Today is the day the last atom bomb was used (Until the Iranians get theirs done anyway). As a right wing freak in good standing everything Truman did is suspect however I think the use of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the right decision. I think the Japanese are cool, I watch lots of their TV. It is an interesting culture with lots we can learn from, but in the war years, they were crazy. And given the way they waged war, I think the Atom bombs saved lots of lives, Japanese as well as American. Given the way the Japanese waged war, not using them would have been a greater tragedy than their use. Truman was looking at the record of Japan's military in Iwo, Saipan, Okinowa and all the other battlefields. Saipan suffered a civilian casualty rate of 70%, Okinawa about 60%. There were about 5 survivors from Iwo. conquering and subjugating and policing the home islands would probably have had the same results as what happened elsewhere. The japanese kept fighting with sticks after the officers and ammunition were all gone. Of course the US casualties would have been something amazing too. My father was in the army back then. He might have been one of those left on the beach. Some folks might even be willing to argue that the atom bombs brought the world a bit of Karmic balance. After the way the Japanese behaved in Korea, Manchuria, the Philippines etc etc still leaves a lot of resentment in those places. If you read Michelle Malkin, you get a taste of the anger the Japanese occupation left behind three generations on. I don't want to go there, but the Japanese are not in the position to whine about war crime.