Arguments Against The Bomb Analysis

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Was It Right? Suppose your home, with all your belongings, was blown to pieces without warning. You would be left with nowhere to sleep and nothing to eat. This is what happened to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6,1945. Without a warning hundreds of thousands of Hiroshima residents were instantly killed by an atomic bomb the size of a small home, devouring the entire city. Being the first nuclear weapon in history, President Truman claimed the results were not intended to be so powerful and destructive as they proved to be. Truman believed that by dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the war would end. Although it did just that, there were many other peaceful ways of resolving this war. Both countries wanted the…show more content…
The bomb was not humane. In the article “Arguments Against the Bomb” by Michael Barnes, Barnes explains how powerful the atomic bomb is; “Entire families, whole neighborhoods were simply wiped out. The survivors faced radiation sickness, starvation, and crippling mutations”. In this quote, it explains how no human could stand against this bomb. Horrific injuries were inflicted upon everyone in the blast radius, upon women and children, and the lasting effects have still yet to fade. The psychological effects are unknown as well. Many survivors were most likely traumatized by seeing their entire lives turned to ruin, seeing family members dead, seeing their entire community turned to ashes. Thousands of years of culture, food, and literature was lost at the insensitivity of U.S. generals. Even though “The American government estimated 1,000,000 lives lost in a war”, civilians did not deserve to suffer for the sake of others (Zenger). Imagine if an atomic bomb was dropped onto American soil by the Japanese to stop the war? There would be outrage and almost a certain chance of retaliation from the U.S. and from other countries. The only reason that the U.S. did not face such backlash is because it is one of the world’s superpowers and no other country would dare cross it, especially during such an intense wartime situation. John Hersey shows another example of the torturous effects of the bomb in “Hiroshima” when he
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