Prosecution Case (Combo Class of 2015)
War is hell. The rules and conventions of war have tried to protect civilians from this hell, but men such as Hitler, Tojo, and Harry S. Truman continue to sacrifice them. Only one walks free. Until now.
Case-line: Truman was willing to sacrifice civilians despite other alternatives to stop communist expansion.
We will prove that:
1. Truman intentionally targeted civilians in firebombing campaigns in Japan, Germany, and Korea, without sufficient strategical justification. In all the cases factories, barracks, and other military instalations could be destroyed without destroying entire cities.
2. Truman could have saved the lives of both soldiers and civilians by accepting conditional Japanese surrender.
3. Instead of using the atomic bomb Truman could have been patient for three days for the Soviet Union to enter the war, and then assesing the situation, or demonstrating the atomic bomb. He did not do this to have complete control over Japan.