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William Buse comments

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The reason the atomic bombs were dropped were part of a cruel geopolitical struggle with the Soviet Union. At Yalta, before the US knew it would even work; Roosevelt extracted a promise from Stalin that the Soviets would enter the war against Japan. The bomb did work when tested at Los Alamos. The Russians entered the war and were rapidly moving through Manchuria. However, remember the US wanted them to help BEFORE they tested it. The last thing they wanted was to have the Soviet Union reach Japanese territory and have occupation rights. The bombs accomplished two things 1. Kept the Soviet Union out of Japan and 2. Show the Soviet Union we had it and would not hesitate to use it. Also keep the Russians out of the peace talks. Not the only reasons but definitely a major consideration

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