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Assignment 5: Cause and Effect Throughout the history of the world in which we live today, there have been hundreds of wars that have essentially shaped our way of life. Whether they have caused more harm than good is questionable, but surely they have been the reason for a tremendously large scale of loss of life. In the early ages, man resorted to sticks and stones when engaging in combat. Now, warfare has become a complex art that involves highly perfected weapons. Sticks and stones are now replaced by weapons so technologically advanced and deadly that they could potentially wipe out the majority of the human race if used in a lethal combination. We are now in the nuclear era where the brute force that was used by the Vikings back in the day is now replaced with atom power which has proven to be far more deadly and effective if harm is the goal. With the rise of such lethal weapons in the hands of today’s world powers it is necessary to ask, is war becoming too deadly? I believe that it is. Not that it hasn’t been deadly before, but now it’s able to create mass destruction and death far beyond than its previous reach. The institution of war should be dismantled as a means to problem solving because it is too costly and extremely risky. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945 during World War II is the first example. This tragic abuse of atomic power was brought about by several factors. The most immediate cause was revenge from the U.S for the sneak air attack on Pearl Harbor five months prior. Yet, there were several more remote causes that contributed greatly to the dropping of Little Boy and Fat Man (the names of the two bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively). Besides revenge, the US had to show to several other world powers during World War II that it too had destructive weapons and was not afraid to use them. At the

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