On the 6th august 1945 the first atomic bomb ‘little boy’ was to be dropped on foreign soil for the first time from Enola gay to Hiroshima, japan. Harry. S Truman (the president of the USA at the time) commanded for the dropping of the bomb in an attempt to make Japan surrender. The bomb destroyed Hiroshima and over 70,000 people were instantly killed the in blast. Then just three days after the first bomb the second atomic bomb, 'Fat Man' was dropped over Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945 about at least 50,000 people were killed because of the blast.
At 8:15am on August 6, 1945, approximately 300 to 500 feet above the highly populated city of Hiroshima Japan, the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was detonated. Only minutes later 60,000 to 100,000 people were dead, most were vaporized leaving only an eerie shadow of carbon behind. In the year and months that followed hundreds of thousands of people died of radiation poisoning and radiation provoked disease. Children born in months immediately following the bombing were occasionally born without vital organs or limbs. Was the decision to drop this historical bomb a correct one?
Truman believed using the atomic bombs would end the war and result in less casualties for both countries civilians and soldiers. There is great controversy over this decision. For months after Truman gave the order to drop the atomic bombs, the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered major radiation damage. Japan lost a large number of civilians due to radiation sickness, the radiation also gave farmers the inability to grow their rice crops which is a major food source for the people of Japan. This helped the death toll reach new heights over the next few months as civilians were dying of starvation and diseases.
“Did the United States have to drop the Atomic Bomb? Some have argued that Japan was so close to surrender that the use of atomic bombs was not necessary. Others have stated that the Japanese were controlled by an irrational and misguided military and the use of these devastating weapons was justified.” According to the research I have conducted, in my personal opinion I think the atomic bomb had to be dropped. There are a number of reasons why I agree with this decision that was made by former President Truman. First and foremost, it was said, “A continuation of the war would bring death to tens, perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of persons.
There was a total of 3 bombs constructed the first was a test the second was known as little boy and the third was known as fat man. When the bomb was first tested at the trinity site it created MASSIVE DESTRUCTION as it melted steel and tore apart houses that were placed near it in order to stimulate urban conditions. some creators of the atomic bomb were Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer. The code name for the project was “The Manhattan Project.” The dropping of the two other bombs would eventually mean the end of the war but it was a harsh ending because the bomb did not kill soldiers, it killed innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the war most of which were innocent women and children. The first Japanese city that the atomic bomb was dropped on was
The point that arises is , when it was known that Japan had already succumbed and an official announcement was on the cards anyhow , then why destruction of such nature was unleashed . Skeptics of Truman 's decision point to the fact that it was more of political drama , and it was the way of showing the Soviets the deadly arsenal of the country . Today the same nuclear bomb has brought up an arms race , where now quiet a couple of countries have become nuclear capable . Truman 's decision of unleashing atomic bombs has today made the world an unsafe place as bombs much powerful than the `little boy ' and `fat man ' are being developed and would be used in a blink of an eye running on the American example . In the end it can only be concluded that , killing thousands of people on the excuse of
A weapon so powerful that it destroyed two whole cities completely and ended the war. This nuclear weapon is known as the atomic bomb. Although it ended the war, there is still one question that continues to lurk in the back of many peoples’ mind. Was the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified or could it be considered an act of terrorism? Due to the fact of being part Japanese myself, one might say that my view on this particular subject is a biased one.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were both very populated cities that had military members living there. "As far as I am concerned I made one great mistake in my life, when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification - the danger that the Germans would make them” (Einstein 620). Many innocent women and children were killed. Areas near where the bombs hit were contaminated with radioactivity. People died of radiation months and even years later after the atomic bombs explosions.
Instead 1000’s of innocent Japanese people did. This was a major down fall of the atomic bomb, as the Americans couldn’t specifically choose who they were going to kill. The people that really deserved to die didn’t, and their country had to pay for that. Whilst getting revenge, and reasserting their self-pride, the Americans also planned on spreading fear over every country in the world. They knew that if they dropped this never seen before weapon it would shock the world and make themselves respected and feared.
Atomic Bomb Justification On the 6th of August, 1945, “Little Boy” was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. “Little Boy”, a nickname used by the United States, was one of the most disastrous bombs used in history. For decades, there have been feuds over whether or not the United States was justified for bombing Japan. Many people say that the U.S. killed poor innocent civilians, but both soldiers and civilians, were going to die in the war no matter what. The decision to drop the bomb on the two Japanese cities was what kept the war from prolonging.