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1.) For What Reason Did President Truman Decide To Use Atomic Weapons To End The War In The Pacific?

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Truman used the atomic bomb to shortening the war in thePacific and to save the lives of Americans and to keepAmerican public opinion positive. Truman's defense inusing atomic weapons was that it protected and savedthousands of American lives and money that would havehad to been used to fight the war.I disagree with President Truman's reasoning in droppingan atomic weapon. I feel that Truman could have useddifferent tactics to get the Japanese to surrender. Bydropping an atomic bomb the United States killedthousands of innocent civilians. While I disagree withdropping bombs, I feel ...view middle of the document...

Lifton, talks about how the survivors appeared healthyfor over ten years and suddenly their hair would fallout unexpectedly and they would die. When I was youngerI read a book called Sadako and the Thousand PaperCranes by Eleanor Coerr. Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanesegirl, on the threshold of adolescence, developedleukemia in 1955, from the effects of radiation causedby the bombing of Hiroshima. It explains how Sadako wasonly an infant when the bombs were dropped in the cityof Hiroshima, her mother was holding her and they wereoutside their home. Her grandparents were in their homeactually praying at a shrine in the house and when thebomb was dropped the house collapsed on them and killedthem. Ever since reading this book I have beeninterested in the theory of dropping the atomic bombs.Again I think Truman could have chosen a differenttactic rather than dropping the atomic bombs. One ofSadako's friends shares an interesting thought and Ifeel the same way when asked the question about Truman'sdecision to drop the atomic bombs. "I can't be silentany more. I'd like to appeal to people of the world forbanning atomic and hydrogen bombs.Atomic bombs remind meof Sadako because Sadako was very vigorous, but shedied." (http://www.sadako.org/sadakofriendletter.htm)

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