Truman may well have been publicly lynched on Pennsylvania Ave. had he even delayed the deployment of the A-bomb and caused avoidable casualties. By that stage of the war it is unthinkable that anyone would doubt the absolute political necessity of using the bomb first. This debate has always been farcical in my view. Could not agree more! The majority of the voices against the bomb were from those in the Forces who would have firebombed Japan and slaughtered the population, or the next generation who found the moral high ground without having to live through those terrible years.