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Background Information

 

My name is Angelos Makras, a 30 year-old lawyer, currently upon the case of Harry S. Truman and his connection with Crimes against Humanity. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 14th, 1985. I grew up in New York, in a rough environment, however managed to do perfectly in school. Upon that notice I was able to study law in Brown University, and pave my way to becoming a lawyer. I am proud, standing here today defending a great thinker, a wise analyzer and a problem solver who goes by the name Harry S. Truman. 

 

Relation to the Case

 

Defending President Truman, I will be justifying all his actions, and the fact that they where necessary to ending this brutal war that would continue for years. I will be defending the President from Crimes against Humanity. Mainly Harry S. Truman is innocent due to his actions in defending civilians of both sides, liberated other from Japan's grave danger, and ended WWII with the least possible casualties. 

 

Key Points

 

  • Japan was in a state of expanding it's territory, therefore relying on imperialistic instincts. This contributed a great sense of danger to countries on the border with Japan. Therefore, this had to stop since it would erupt into a much greater destruction. 
  • The Allies including the US gave a chance to the hierarchy of Japan to surrender, only accepting unconditional surrender. Japan did not sign the Potsdam ultimatum that gave an end to the war without any more casualties. Furthermore, Japan was not willing to surrender unconditional due to the fact that they could not lose not only their emperor, but their entire imperial system (government). 
  • Japan and its people where warned with leaflets, therefore the planned bombings where not a surprise. 
  • There where very little signs of radiation in the sites of where the bombs where dropped. The ground would be safe for habitation. Therefore stories that the radiation killed many civilians are possibly propaganda, the Japanese placing blame on a man who ended the war as soon as possible. 
  • Truman, a great thinker, a wise analyzer, a problem solver, exhausted all possibilities namely to sustain security for as many American and foreign lives as he could.

Witnesses

 

Defense Witnesses- 

  • Harry Stimson, Secretary of War- Focuses on how the decisions Truman took(especially the dropping of the atomic bombs) where needed and justified since they terminated the war as soon as possible.
  • Karl Taylor Compton, Atomic Scientist- Focuses on the fact that Truman ended the war with the least possible casualties.
  • Robert Oppenheimer, Scientist- Focuses on the Manhattan Project and its purpose.
  • Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea- Focuses on Japan's wrong ideology and brutality.
  • Carl Norden, Designer of the Norden Bomb Site- Focuses on the accuracy of the atomic bombs and refers to his own invention, The Norden Bomb Site.


Prosecution Witnesses- 

  • Emperor Hirohito- Discuss Japan's ideology and that they where not willing to unconditionally surrender.
  • Leo Szilard- Discuss that he was apart of creating this atomic bomb. Therefore was a contributor to the whole process.
  • Albert Einstein- Discuss that he was apart of creating this atomic bomb. Therefore was a contributor to the whole process. Solemnly an act to gain popularity(fact that he wanted to beat the Germans and build the bomb first).
  • Ralph E. Bard- Discuss his ignorance of the dropping of the atomic bomb(referring to his own memorandum). 
  • Colonel Lyle E. Seeman- Discuss his favoring of the bombs and the fact that there was little to zero radiation affecting the civilians after the explosion.

Important Sources

 

  • Works Cited- Foreign Relations of the United States: The Conference of Berlin, 2 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1960), II, 147~1476 

  • Works Cited- Togo. "Togo-Sato Cable." Letter to Sato. 12 June 1945. MS. Japan, Tokyo.

  • Works Cited- Suzuki, Prime Minister. Public Address. Japan, Tokyo. 9 June 1945. Speech.

  • Works Cited- Japanese Government. Prime Minister. Potsdam Reception. Tokyo: Suzuki, 1945. Print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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