The Reasons For President Harry Truman 's Decision Of Drop The Nuclear Bombs On Hiroshima

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On August 6, 1945, American forces dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Just three days later, on August 9, was Nagasaki’s turn. Instantly, the cities were left in ruins, and death took its toll. It is estimated that about 70.000 people died immediately in each city. What followed was destruction and increasing death rates due to the radiations. Although there may be many reasons for President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the nuclear bombs, the primary one must have been terminating the war avoiding additional U.S. losses. Japan was a part of the Axis, a military alliance with Germany and Italy created in September 1940. During 1941, America became more and more involved with the nations fighting the Axis. President Franklin D. Roosevelt disliked Japanese, and he made several moves to hurt the country. In fact, he caused a U.S. economic warfare by blocking all Japanese assets in the United States. Such action was specifically aimed to cripple Japan’s economy, and in fact, it froze the sale of the oil for Japan. Japan saw this as a provocation, and the tensions escalated until it attacked the United States at the naval base of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. This attack specifically hit the Americans because it was the first one on U.S. soil since the 1819 war and by a foreign power. Consequently, President Roosevelt asked the Congress for permission to declare war on Japan, and just the following day, Germany declared war on America. What had just…

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