Paradoxically Life Saving

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On the morning of August 6th, 1945, 1900 feet above Hiroshima, Japan, one hundred forty pounds of highly enriched uranium-235 collided with itself, triggering the first manmade nuclear explosion ever detonated over a populated city (“Little Boy” 1). Seconds later, the lives of 70,000 men, women and children were extinguished (“The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima” 6). Over the course of the next several years the effects of radiation poisoning would kill an additional one hundred thirty thousand people, making the first atomic bomb, nicknamed “little boy”, the most devastating weapon ever used by mankind - for an astonishingly short four days (“The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima” 6). On the morning of August 9th, 1945, another atomic bomb, more…show more content…
In comparison with the 14 million lives that could have been lost in a direct land invasion of Japan, the two cities and several hundred thousand lives obliterated by the atomic bombs seem insignificant. Some objections to the use of these weapons include unfounded claims that President Truman, the President of the United States who assumed control after President Roosevelt died in 1945, wanted to use the bombs only to satisfy his own bloodlust, and the bloodlust of American citizens. But the clear presentation of the facts involved with Operation Downfall, which President Truman did have available to him at the time, should be enough to convince anyone of the almost paradoxical life saving power of the atomic bombs. Among the many objections raised by opponents of the use of the atomic bombs, one of the most difficult ones to substantiate is the claim that Japan may have been coerced to surrender in other ways. Evidence for this claim includes the Russian declaration of war against Japan on August 8th, 1945, the day before the use of the second bomb on Nagasaki, and Japan’s possible willingness to accept a conditional surrender (Gordin 5). Seeking not only the surrender of Japan, but an expansion of their own territory, the Russians decided to commit forces to an Eastern front. On August 8th Russian troops invaded Japanese occupied Manchuria, which the Japanese had
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