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The Atomic Bomb That Ended The War, But Many Innocent Lives Were Lost

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My body seemed all black, everything seemed dark, dark all over…. Then, I thought, the world was ending (World War II and the Nuclear Age). One could recall this as describing about one of the most devastating atrocities of World War II, the mobilization of atomic bombs, a weapon of mass destruction. During World War II, President Truman went through an important decision to end the war against the Japanese; losing more American soldiers or using the atomic bombs. With the assistance of J. Robert Oppenheimer and lack of public’s knowledge of this so-called monstrous weapon, Truman decided to introduce the atomic bomb which was the key to ending war. However, even fearful weapons such as ...view middle of the document...

Not only had the United States exterminated many innocent citizens of Japan; they also created public controversy in America. The public never knew “behind the scenes” of the government until the first atomic bomb was dropped. In World War II, the U.S. had used propaganda effectively, encouraging civilians to stay strong during wartime. In addition to this, the government hid all the information about the atomic bomb even after both atomic bombs were dropped. Only a few American had noticed about the deaths of innocent Japanese and spoke against the government, the rest believed it was revenge against Pearl Harbor. In reality, the payback was more than what the Japanese deserved; two major cities were left in the ruins. This consequence conveys how citizens should know the truth and the “behind the scenes” of their government.
Once atomic energy was discovered and harvested into making destructive weapons, the world shifted into a new era. This era was known as the Nuclear Age. By the end of World War II, two powerful nations, the Soviet Union (S.U.) and United States, wanted to prevent a nuclear arms race against each other, yet both countries were never willing to give up on their nuclear programs (Nobelprize.org). Later, this competition of producing nuclear arms came to be known as The Cold War. During this time, British and China also began nuclear weaponry. Nevertheless, these two nations could not compare the production with U.S. and S.U., which combined together; they could destroy the entire world. To prevent from this happening, the U.S. and S.U. “took the lead in negotiating an international agreement that would prohibit the further spread of nuclear weapons without banning the utilization of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The result was known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty” (Nobelprize.org). By the end of the century, other nations...

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