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One of the single most catastrophic and important decisions ever made was the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki The effects were felt by many and are still being felt today The decision to drop the bombs was a result of many years of bloody fighting in World War II and Americas quick and easy solution of ending all of the fighting The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7 1941 forced the reluctant entry of the United States into World War II Many years of fighting followed both in the Pacific and in Europe After the defeat of the German forces in Europe America now turned its attention towards Japan The United States then fought a hard and bloody trail going from island to island in hopes of eventually making it to and defeating Japan The path was long and Japan proved to be a very formidable foe making the war very difficult to say the least The United States eventually made its way all the way up to Okinawa a very strategic island off the coast of Japan This island allowed Americans access to fly bombing missions based from land The Americans also did just that After many months of bombing though we soon realized that another solution was needed so we turned towards science for the answer The answer lied in what is known as the atomic bomb a bomb capable of flattening whole cities at a time and causing mass devastation After Roosevelt died the decision was left up to Harry Truman to make either drop the bombs or dont Much consideration went into the decision In the end we estimated one million more American lives
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