The Atomic Bombing Of Hiroshima

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This essay deals with a forensic analysis of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 by first exploring the context in which it took place and has been presented to the world, and then undertaking a forensic examination of the event in light of modern criminological knowledge as well as two readings in the context of modernism and modernity. As Japan had begun losing the Pacific War, the United States commenced the Manhattan Project to develop the Atomic Bomb partly with the input from German nuclear scientists ferried to the US after the Third Reich 's surrender. The bomb, when dropped, exploded at 1,900 feet altitude above Shima Hospital 's courtyard, 550 feet away from its target of Aioi Bridge on Ota River, and had a 12.5 kiloton yield. Upon detonation, the temperature on the ground reached 5,400°F, and the bomb created a half-mile radius fireball; 70,000 out of 76,000 buildings in the city were incinerated, and 110,000 civilians instantly perished and many more had their bodies burned beyond recognition, causing multiple cancers. When US President Harry Truman announced the atomic bombing, he directly linked it to the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese mistreatment of American POWs and Japan 's rejection of the Potsdam Declaration. To this day the atomic bombing of Japan remains a most controversial and politically sensitive issue, and an American apology is still awaited 69 years on. The United States at first suppressed all reports of…
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