Essay heading: America's Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

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Stanley Lam

 

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July 1, 2009

 

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Because of such drastic Japanese resistance, it would not only be impractical, it would be senseless to launch an attempt to invade and occupy Japan. Thus, dropping the atomic bomb was a military necessity in order to prevent a disastrous and precarious land invasion. By avoiding a highly questionable land invasion, the bomb saved “half a million” American lives...
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In his personal diary, Truman wrote, “General Marshall told me that it might cost half a million American lives to force the enemy’s surrender on his home grounds.” This estimate was based on previous battle figures at Okinawa, where Americans suffered 50,000 casualties despite outnumbering the Japanese by two and a half to one...
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