Cause And Effects On The Atomic Bomb

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In all of World War II, some events stand out above the rest. Many think of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the worst events in the war. These bombings, carried out by President Harry S. Truman, had an immense impact on the history of the U.S. and the history of the world. The question is, were these bombing a true necessity, considering how many innocent people they killed as well as the damage they caused to Japan? By bombing these two cities, America created a new type of warfare that could potentially destroy the world: nuclear warfare (OI). The nuclear bomb is a horrible weapon, capable of killing tens of thousands of people with one explosion. In this case, “Little Boy” took the lives of 80,000 Japanese people, innocent or not, with another 70,000 people being injured (OI). Although devastating events, these bombings specifically were integral to ending the war, as well as being a military necessity. First off, a big part of the question is how far the taking of lives goes. Although “Little Boy” took tens of thousands of lives, the Japanese also killed a greater amount of U.S. citizens. For example, in the 1940’s the Japanese hosted the Bataan death march, in which they forced 76,000 captured allied soldiers to march about 80 miles to the Bataan peninsula without getting food or water for three days (Doc. B). Those who fell behind were beaten and killed by the Japanese. The march lasted for six days and there was a total death toll between 5,000 and

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