POL208Y1 Lecture : lecture 1

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Three crucial events: decision to drop the bomb in hiroshima, fall of the berlin wall in 1989, 9/11-terrorist attack. From these three events we are still living with the shadow. On aug 6 two nuclear bombs were dropped on hiroshima, killing 200 000 people. This decision to drop the bomb ended wwii. How was this decision was unanimous, which causes mass murder killing 200 000 civilians. The main reason why such a decision was made was because the us was at war. The invasion of mainland japan was done because it would save american lives and japanese lives, in the form that less soldier casualties. From us perspective the bombing was a mass murder. The nuclear bomb was the tip of the campaign for us. President armand truman was inexperienced with international affairs. He was unaware of the nuclear project, the manhattan project which was top secret. Truman was feeling the pressure and signed a paper to pass the project.

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