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Deciding for the Bomb There are many reasons that the Atomic bomb was used on Japan There are many that criticize the bombing but I support it The main reasons for President Harry Truman decided to drop the bomb were to save lives American Lives to bring about a quicker resolution to the war and to send a message to the world that we now had military supremacy Growing up in a military family with a dad a Vietnam vet and a grandfather who would have fought in Japan if we had invaded may have biased my personal opinions but in my mind it is all a matter of numbers when it comes to war War is a matter of how many lives each side has to waste and who runs low first generally surrenders War is hate by its own nature It is a hate that reaches to the core of every citizen of each side at some level I do not believe the bomb was dropped in hate but in a step toward peace saving perhaps more lives than the bombs killed When looking at the Japanese I agree with Fussell on his ideas that the Japanese citizens were going to continue to fight for their side even when the ranks of their army had been depleted At this we see Fussell reference images of children and women with bamboo spears fighting our troops which very well could have been a reality but possibly more horrific with perhaps suicide bombings as seen in other later wars The honor these people feel for their country and heritage drives them so much To give up and especially giving up the emperor would have been turning their back on their culture and this dishonor they could not stand for They had the belief in them that they were right and their own hate fueled them enough to be admirable fighters A culture with beliefs
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