The Atomic Bomb

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The Atomic Bomb
There were many factors both political and military that caused President Truman to order the atomic bombing of Japan. Politically, he felt as though Japan didn’t follow the laws of warfare; “… against those who have abandoned the pretense of obeying international warfare” (The Atomic Bomb). Japan had dropped a bomb on Pearl Harbor without America being warned. Truman believed that this act went against the laws of warfare. He also knew what was to come upon America if he didn’t make an order to drop the bomb; “… the disaster which would come to the nation…if they had found it first” (The Atomic Bomb). He knew there would be serious consequences that America would face if they didn’t drop the nuclear bomb first.
Militarily speaking, Truman wanted to end the war quickly with as few American casualties as possible. He wanted “…to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans” (The Atomic Bomb). The bombing of Pearl Harbor killed a great number of the U.S. military. Truman states that they will use it “agains...

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