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PREVENT A TRAGEDY

Highly respected Mr.President:

It has come to my attention, as it inevitably would and should, that currently you are faced with a difficult decision of whether to use or not to use the atomic bomb developed by the crew of the Manhattan Project to bomb the city of Hiroshima, Japan. While in the end the decision is up to you no matter what, as your foreign policy adviser I urge you to take into consideration the following reasons as to why, in my point of view, utilization of this new weapon should not be allowed. It is absolutely unnecessary, and so might be the invasion. These two are not our only options, and they are certainly not the best ones. Even though Japan has displayed a stubborn resistance, I am confident that this struggle can be ended with less damage and casualties by our diplomats rather than our soldiers. (1) First of all we must assure the Japanese that their emperor Hirohito, who is regarded almost as a god by his people, would not be removed from the throne or tried for war crimes. Of course in truth he will lose most of his power, but that will not matter. I would like to stipulate this point because I fear that if such assurances are not made Japanese will fight till the last man, bomb or no bomb. Secondly, we must dedicate as much as we can to make sure Russia declares war and threatens invasion on Japan as soon as possible. In fact I am almost certain that when presented with a possibility of an attack from the Red Army all responsible leaders will see that surrender is unavoidable. Therefore we must presently focus on two tasks, which combined will give us the desired result. We must assure the Japanese that Hirohito will not be dishonored and we must dedicate all our diplomatic forces to gain Soviet Union's support against Japan. When presented with these two arguments, I believe Japanese will realize that surrender is their better choice. (2) An important aspect of this issue is that of morality. Will we take up the responsibility of killing an estimate of tens of thousands of innocent people, many more later as a result of after effects, men, women, elderly and children? Is it not a crime to kill when it can be avoided even taking into consideration that we are at war? Please excuse my manner as it may seem a little bit inappropriate here, but I feel I must speak freely and honestly. We both know, and everyone knows that Hiroshima has little military targets. If such measures as employing a weapon of this magnitude are unavoidable, which is not the case here to start with; it should first be used on a strictly military target such as a naval base. If that does not produce an adequate result a warning that would allow for the evacuation of civilians should be given before bombing a highly inhabited area such as Hiroshima. Only if that fails should we go proceed to the final step. Without these preliminary steps what we essentially commit is murder. I fail to see the any moral justification of bombing women, children and elderly that were left behind in Hiroshima while most young men left for war. I highly doubt that this particular display of our "big stick" will gain us more respect than blame. (3) Not only should it not be used in those ways, it should also not be used as a first choice method. As I have mentioned before first we must attempt to find a political solution, by providing assurances that the Emperor would not be removed. Then seek a military solution, by perusing Soviet Union to declare war on Japan and threat invasion. In case both of these fail we will still have the threat of the atomic devastation available. However, it should only be used as a last resort. (4) Furthermore, I believe all we really need is a little more time. To put it plainly Japan is already defeated. Japan has virtually no navy, almost no air force, very little fuel or ammunition, and few of the basic supplies required to make war against the most powerful and most resourceful nation in the world. We are both also aware that, U.S. intelligence experts had broken Japanese diplomatic codes early in the war and were secretly listening to all Japanese cable traffic between Tokyo and its embassies around the world. It is clear that Japan is searching for a way to somehow end the war. (5) There are number of things that can be done first before dropping the bomb. Enforce a stronger blockade around mainland Japan to make clear our intentions. Push harder for the peace treaty, once again I remind you that we have to promise Japanese that Hirohito will keep his throne, this is extremely important. If the need to display our power still remains we could then drop a bomb on a deserted island to show that surrender is really their best option. (6) Lastly, and I know this will be something difficult to accept, I have to say that the invasion of main land Japan will in fact cost about as many or maybe even less lives than the Atomic bomb. The estimate losses that we will sustain are roughly two hundred thousand soldiers. It is not one million people, we are both aware that this overblown number was introduced rather to convince ourselves that we are doing what is best than to realistically assess the situation. Also, even though these people will be American soldiers, they are still soldiers. They will die for a cause, for a reason, they will die for their country. People in Hiroshima will die for nothing more than one country's lust for revenge.

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