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President Truman addresses America on the radio from the White House on August 9, 1945.
"The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold."
8/6/45:
"The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold."
"If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth."
8/9/45:
"The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost."
"Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American Prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans.
"We shall continue to use it until we completely destroy Japan's power to make war. Only a Japanese surrender will stop us."

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