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Fender 1 Adam Fender Melanie Newport Midterm 2 Question 2a The United States of America took a fatal blow as a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941. The next day the United States declared war on Japan resulting in their entry into World War II. This attack struck the feeling of hate towards the Japanese through out American hearts, especially the heart of President Harry S. Truman. Truman took office, knowing nothing about the first ever atomic bombs that were being developed in The Manhattan Project. When the bomb was available to be used, it became a crucial decision for Truman and his panel of executives to make. There were four necessary preconditions for dropping the bomb: first, keeping American casualties to a minimum; second, United States commitment to end the war as early as possible; third, for the Japanese to surrender unconditionally; and fourth, the lack of incentives to not use the bomb. However, there is one thing that one may not have taken into consideration, Truman hated the Japanese. His hatred for the Japanese was just as big of a factor for dropping the bomb as was the previously stated preconditions.
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