Why Did Harry S. Truman Use The Atomic Bomb?

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Did Harry S. Truman make the right choice when he chose to use the atomic bomb or were there other options that could have been taken to accomplish the same results? In the essay “Petition to the President of the United States” by Szilard, Leo and Cosigners scientist petitioned President Truman to think about using other methods. At the time, the United States leaders had proposed a couple of different options to use instead of using the atomic bomb against the Japanese military such as, an all-out bombing campaign or an anaconda squeeze from all sides of the island but which was the right option.
In 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor killing more 2300 or more American lives. The reason for this attack was from an intense Japanese and American rivalry in the Pacific region and Japan needed to hit America where it would hurt the most, which would be the staging ground for naval forces in the region, Pearl Harbor Hawaii. This area is home to the Pacific Naval Fleet which Japan would use 353 aircraft launched from four heavy carriers
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During the late 1930s and early 1940s, the United States was working on a project called “The Manhattan Project” which was atomic bomb technology which had never been used before. The destruction power of this device had the power to diminish everything within a 1 mile area and leave radiation poisoning to the rest. (Atomic) 80,000 people were killed instantly with a total of 192,000 were killed in total between the bombing itself and the radiation of the first atomic bomb with another 70,000 killed instantly with the second bomb. The bomb itself could literally remove a populated area in the matter of seconds. America was looking for an answer and this could possibly be the reactive blow that they were looking for. The Japanese willpower had to be broken and with a mighty punch to the gut, the US ended the raging battle on Japan with these two