Dr. Brooklyn wrote:
I personally agree with Truman but not with Veidt. Mainly because my grandpa was on the list to g from germany to japan and thus I may not be here had the land invasion occured.
I don't get how that makes sense. I guess you can your happy that Truman did what he did, since otherwise like you stated, you wouldn't have been born, but you can't say that you objectively agree with Truman and still disagree with Veidt. Personally I haven't decided if Truman made the right choice. Sure he only killed 300,000 (don't know how reliable that number is, but I know its less than 3 million), but his reasons were a lot worse. When discussing this issue most people just generalize that all of the Japanese wanted the war to continue, but the truth is, that many people in Japan were already protesting the war, many of them wanted it to end. Nuking Japan was a political move, ending the war before the USSR could get involved. The whole move was in the U S's best interests. People keep trying to justify by saying how more lives would have been killed, but fact is they still took the lives of 300,000 innocent lives.
With Veidt on the other hand, it's easier to argue that he did for altruistic reasons. He really wanted to save the world. In fact he bombed New York, not Moscow or any other major Russian city, he clearly wasn't doing it just in the U S's best interests (though some could argue he did it in his companies best interests). In the movie he bombs two US cities, for only one Russian city, maintaining that the US gets the worst of it.