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Hiroshima Essay

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What is the purpose of an atomic bomb? It’s a weapon that when detonated, can produce massive amounts of heat and radiation, and dropping one of these devices on a city has the potential to kill and maim hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated 150,000 to 246,000 Japanese citizens from the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died from two atomic bombs in 1945 (Frequently Asked Questions). Those who survived the bombings had a greater chance of developing various kinds of cancers and diseases, which many of those people suffered from for the rest of their lives. This can be attributed to the amount of radiation from the bombs they were exposed to. Because of the dehumanizing effects from ...view middle of the document...

In the novel Hiroshima, by John Hersey, while the characters are fictional, what they saw following the bomb’s explosion is fairly accurate, according to testaments from various survivors of the Hiroshima explosion. For example, when one of the characters in the novel is trying to ask for a doctor to help treat some of the wounded citizens in Asano Park, he is shocked after the doctor tells him ; “In an emergency like this,” he said, as if he were reciting from a manual, “the first task is to help as many as possible—to save as many lives as possible. There is no hope for the heavily wounded. They will die. We can’t bother with them” (Hershey 50). Because of how devastating the Hiroshima bomb truly was, it injured so many thousands of citizens that the surviving doctors could not possibly tend to all their wounds. This meant that many thousands of people suffered from all sorts injuries for possibly hours or days before they eventually died. Not only is this inhumane and barbaric, but most of the people who died or developed health issues after the bomb dropped were civilians. How could they of prepared to protect themselves against a nuclear bomb? Their deaths had no strategic value to the US other than to provide fear and lower morale among the Japanese people. Most people would agree that the bomb had a horrific effect on both Nagasaki and Hiroshima, however many think that the bomb’s needed to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to force Japan to surrender. Some would also say that by using these weapons, future wars could be prevented by threatening to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor.

The truth is however, atomic weapons do not deter wars in the least. Just ask any Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan, or Iraq war veteran today. The US, which created the Atomic bomb,...

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