The Atomic Bomb Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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On the 6th of August 1945 America dropped the atomic bomb by the name of ‘Little Boy’ dropped by the plane ‘Enola Gay’ on the Japanese city, Hiroshima. Three days later on the 9th of August America dropped another bombed called, ‘Fat Man’ on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. A surrender was received and accepted by America on the 15th of August and the war against Japan had ended. Harry S. Truman, the man responsible for dropping the bombs claims it ended the war more efficiently and was in fact the best option but many suspicions arose as news from Japan came to light and the utter destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was revealed. It was never formally called a war crime but it should have been. A war crime as defined by the statue of the International Criminal court are ‘serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict’ and ‘serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in an armed conflict not of an international character.’ The international laws that are being applied currently for wars and international conflict are the Geneva Conventions. These conventions are a series of treaties about the treatment of civilians, Prisoners of War and soldiers who are incapable of fighting. The Geneva Conventions are extensive but a relevant one relating to the bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is, ‘extensive destruction or appropriation of property; not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.’ From the
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