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On the morning of August 6 1945 the first Atomic Bomb in history was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima Three days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki Soon after on August 14 1945 the Japanese abruptly surrendered abandoning their ancient customs regarding honor in war The fact that only two bombs were able to bring an entire country to its knees is a true testament to the awesome power they held There is nothing in modern warfare that can compete with the devastating effects of nuclear weapons At the beginning of World War II the Japanese were a major threat to the Asian World On December 7 1941 when they decided to attack Pearl Harbor a US naval base in Hawaii it was evident that their intentions were not limited to Asia The United States entered World War II as a result of this attack The war continued for six long years and involved most of the major World Powers During this time there were many battles between the United States and Japan including one of the bloodiest battles of World War II which took place at Okinawa If allowed to expand Japan posed a serious threat to the allies During the war one of the most brilliant scientists in history Albert Einstein hypothesized that if the true power of the atom were released in a weapon the results would be devastating This was soon confirmed by a large portion of the scientific community Whoever possessed such a weapon would be in complete power Many government officials felt that such a weapon could put an end to the war For this reason in 1942 the United States decided to pursue the atomic bomb Later that year Franklin D Roosevelt began the Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project was a massive engineering enterprise aimed at the ultimate goal of creating an atomic bomb At one time it employed over 129000 workers The United
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