Argument: Atomic bombs were unnecessary; Japan was looking for peace

Issue Report: Bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Rob Edwards. “Hiroshima bomb may have carried hidden agenda”. 21 July 2005 – “According to an account by Walter Brown, assistant to then-US secretary of state James Byrnes, Truman agreed at a meeting three days before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that Japan was “looking for peace”. Truman was told by his army generals, Douglas Macarthur and Dwight Eisenhower, and his naval chief of staff, William Leahy, that there was no military need to use the bomb.”