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Truman used the atomic bomb to shortening the war in the Pacific and to save the lives of Americans and to keep American public opinion positive Trumans defense in using atomic weapons was that it protected and saved thousands of American lives and money that would have had to been used to fight the war I disagree with President Trumans reasoning in dropping an atomic weapon I feel that Truman could have used different tactics to get the Japanese to surrender By dropping an atomic bomb the United States killed thousands of innocent civilians While I disagree with dropping bombs I feel that by dropping a different type of bomb would have had the same effect and spared lives Also to drop a second atomic bomb only a few days later on Nagasaki was unnecessary The effects of the atomic bomb affected the lives of Japan for years to come Many say that by dropping an atomic bomb the US saved thousands of lives How is this true when ten years later there was an increase of children dying of leukemia and other diseases caused by radiation In his book The Threat of Impending Disaster Robert J Lifton talks about how the survivors appeared healthy for over ten years and suddenly their hair would fall out unexpectedly and they would die When I was younger I read a book called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr Sadako Sasaki a young Japanese girl on the threshold of adolescence developed leukemia in 1955 from the effects of radiation caused by the bombing of Hiroshima It explains how Sadako was only an infant when the bombs were dropped in the city of Hiroshima her mother was holding her and they were outside their home Her grandparents were in their home actually praying at a shrine in the house and when the bomb was dropped the house collapsed on them and killed them Ever since
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