Truman's goal of peace, still elusive
The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima brought forth a lot of hand wringing, condemnation of President Harry S. Truman, and calls for the United States to apologize for the nuclear bombing of Japan.
Most Americans, however, concentrated on remembering the end of the Second World War. It was achieved by the use of the nuclear bomb against Japan, an act that compelled it to surrender.
Nevertheless, whether the use of the nuclear bomb against Japan was motivated by racial animus and exaggerated expectations of American casualties resulting from the invasion of the Japanese mainland, remains an open question.