Why US Truman Dropped The Atomic Bomb

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When Harry Truman learned about the Manhattan Project, a secret military project created in 1942 to produce the first US nuclear weapon, he knew he had the chance to end the awful war Japan, but he also knew he would be unleashing the worst weapon created. The scientists who created the bomb wrote a petition against the use of the bomb to President Truman on July 17, 1945. They did not think that dropping a bomb was a good idea due to several reasons in which they state in the petition. The stated that the only reason they created the bomb was because they were afraid the United Sates was going to be attacked by atomic bombs. Though creating the bombs were merely a safety precaution, they knew the bombs were s very effective method of warfare,…show more content…
They wanted to give Japan assurance that they could look forward to a live of peace in their homeland. If they still didn’t surrender, only then, did the scientists want President to drop the bomb. The scientists pleaded that Truman would drop the bomb after they thoroughly warned Japan and gave them a chance to surrender. They also wanted to make sure that the decision was to be made when President Truman was in the right state of mind and that he carefully read the petition and make a moral decision. On August 6, 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped by a plane called the Enola Gay in the city of Hiroshima. Three days later, a second dropped in the city of Nagasaki. Between these two bombs, 150,000 people died on impact. Over the course of several months and years later, an addition 100,000 died from burns and radiation sickness. The decision to drop the bomb was said to be the most difficult decision of his life. An unconditional surrender was made to the leadership of Japan, in which the weapons were not mentioned. Japan rejected the offer but there were indications that conditional surrender was
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