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On July sixteenth 1945 a cloud of smoke rose up above the desert in New Mexico It was less than a month later when that same cloud of smoke rose up above the murdered bodies of at least 78000 Japanese in the city of Hiroshima Three days later at least 38000 more were killed in the city of Nagasaki by the same deadly bomb and again the same ominous cloud of mushroom-like smoke arose The dropping of these ruinous bombs led to the almost unconditional surrender of the Japanese The question that plagued the world was did we have to drop the bombs Was Truman right in his decision to drop a weapon with inconceivable power on two cities inhabited mostly by civilians In 1938 the United States got word that the Germans were producing the technology for an atomic bomb We then started our own research project on nuclear weapons its code name was The Manhattan District project The Manhattan District received heavy government funding after the attack on Pearl Harbor Most of the top scientists in America worked on this project to develop the first atomic bomb Major General Leslie Groves directed the Manhattan Project J Robert Oppenheimer a physicist headed the making and testing of the bomb in New Mexico It was when the bomb was tested on July sixteenth 1945 that the United States of America realized the great power they had in hand Many of the scientists who worked on or knew about the Manhattan Project did not approve the use of the weapon without a demonstration or warning the enemy about its power Dr Leo Szilard who once advised Roosevelt on the possibility of an atomic bomb now advised Roosevelt against dropping the bomb Szilard wanted Roosevelt to use an alternative method or at least give Japan a warning of destructive weapon before it was used Dr
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