Nuclear Warfare With The Soviet Union

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In declaring this, it is evident that the fear of what the Japanese-Americans may have done if they remained loyal to their “native land” (which was not the case for most of them having been born in America), allied with Nazi Germany, rather than what actual threat they posed that put them into the camps and revoked them of the right to their businesses, their property, and their ability to move freely within the nation. The effects of the fear caused by communism within the United States was embodied by foreign issues as well, especially involving nuclear warfare with the Soviet Union. As two nations with neither willing to be the first to strike and fighting for two different ideologies, there was a constant fear of sudden destruction…show more content…
Being in the midst of the second World War, the cities of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kokura, and Niigata of Japan were chosen, partly for testing and observation, and partly to have a chance to put an end to Japan’s tyranny during the war, having been allies with Nazi Germany, attacking its Asian neighbors, and their attack on Pearl Harbor (Ferrell 36). When the bombs were dropped, millions of Japanese civilians were killed for the assurance of the working order of a new weapon and the possible end of a war. Even worse is the manner in which the information regarding the bombings was handled. As stated by Thomas T. Handy, the Acting Chief of Staff in regards to the bombing in a letter to General Carl Spaatz, the Commanding General of the United States Army Strategic Air Forces: Dissemination of any and all information concerning the use of the weapon against Japan is reserved to the Secretary of War and the President of the United States. No communiqués on the subject or releases of information will be issued by commanders in the field without specific prior authority. Any news stories will be sent to the War Department for special clearance. (Ferrell 36) In short, Handy is indicating that the bombings should be kept secret from American citizens. Once it was publically discovered that these bombings were purposely kept from the American people, citizens broke into debate on whether or not they were justified. However, a definite effect was the fear that came from the
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