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surrender and prevent themselves from any further potential attacks from our nation. America gave Japan an ultimatum on July 26th at Potsdam. Japanese leaders refused The U.S’s proposal immediately, which ultimately is the reason why the United States has decided to bomb Japanese land. Truman states that following the air attack with the atomic bombs, unexpected large numbers of American sea and land forces will come to fight in such power thatthe Japanese have already witnessed. The new found creation of such bombs have now created a future where it will be able to add to the power that currently comes from such resources such as, coal, oil, and water, but currently, it has not been produced at such a level ofpower, because first, thorough research must be done. Truman states that American scientists will not withhold their new founded research and scientific knowledge, thus, information about the development of the atomic bombs will be made known to the general public. But, because ofthe current situation of world conflict, it would not be wise to present the specific details of the production of the bombs, or any military tactics to the public, for the purpose of protecting the nation and the rest of the world from the threat of immediate destruction. If such information were to get out, other countries could easily use it against our nation, or potentially other countries as well. President Truman then concludes his statement by declaring his recommendation for Congress to hastily consider the formation of an authority, within the UnitedStates, to control the development and proper use of atomic power. Truman’s last statement in this document is that he would like to make further recommendations to Congress concerning how the atomic weapons can be used as a powerful and effective source towards preservation of world peace.Subtext: President Truman’s purpose for this press release was to notify the general public about the development of the atomic bombs used on Japan, including its catastrophic, dangerous power it holds, and the reasons as to why the United States used it against Japan.
Although President Truman clearly supports the bombs use, this document is a great example of how the United States’ motivation for the atomic bombs didn’t just include wanting to save American lives, but that they wanted revenge for Japan’s surprise attack on U.S naval base, Pearl Harbor, on December of 1941, which is understandable to a certain extent. From Truman’s statement, and the words he uses, it is clearly revealed that the United States have dangerous intentions, regarding retaliation against Japan. President Truman wants to completely obliterate their nation, destroying all resources they have left, knowing that the atomic bombs will complete this. This shows that the United States’ intentions for using the bomb were also for malicious reasons, and from this mindset, the United States wanted to do more harm than necessary on Japan.