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Attacking Hiroshima Essay

908 words - 4 pages

No one has the right to justify whom has the right to live or to die. In my opinion, I think that Uncle Sam is guilty for preceding the act of nuclear bombing Japan. When President Harry Truman authorized the nuclear bombing against the Japanese many innocent civilians were killed. The radiation from the nuclear bomb still remained in the soil causing many health defects for people that live there. The bombing also cause many post traumas for many families.
First of all, President Truman shouldn’t have initiated this savage way of ending a war. He could’ve found an alternate route by either cutting of the Japanese’s supplies and resources and force the people to surrender. Also Truman could’ve just fought out the war with Japan instead of just bombing their land and killing many innocent lives. According to Truman’s diary, Truman even wrote in his diaries that he did not know how extensive and lethal this nuclear bomb was. He claimed that his main intention to bomb Hiroshima was to test out the strength of the nuclear bomb and stop the war. But I think Truman went too far with this testing of his, this little test that he pursued to fire at the Japanese had caused many lives. "I have always felt that if, in our ultimatum to the Japanese government issued from Potsdam [in July 1945], we had referred to the retention of the emperor as a constitutional monarch and had made some reference to the reasonable accessibility of raw materials to the future Japanese government, and it would have been accepted. Indeed, I believe that even in the form it was delivered, there was some disposition on the part of the Japanese to give it favorable consideration. When the war was over I arrived at this conclusion after talking with a number of Japanese officials who had been closely associated with the decision of the then Japanese government, to reject the ultimatum, as it was presented. I believe we missed the opportunity of affecting a Japanese surrender, completely satisfactory to us, without the necessity of dropping the bombs." McCloy quoted in James Reston, Deadline, and pg. 500.
Second of all, the atomic bomb gave off uranium 235 which had the equivalent of approximately 15 kilotons of TNT gunpowder. (www.enviroweb.org) the intense thermal heat that was emitted by the bomb caused severe burns and loss of eyesight. Many whom were exposed to the thermal rays died. Also after the nuclear bombing the radiation that was left behind still remains in the soil. And during rainy seasons the water flows from the soil in to the ocean and surrounding bodies of water. And when a person consumes the contaminated water, they are...

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