The Bombing Of Hiroshima

1096 WordsJul 14, 20185 Pages
The morning of August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan did not begin in any exceptional way; in fact the people had no idea that they were about to be part of one of the most significant mornings in all of history. At 8:15 am, the United States Army Air Forces dropped the first atomic bomb, ironically called, when one considers the enormity of the bomb's significance, the "Little Boy" Three days later the U.S. dropped a second bomb nicknamed the "Fat Man" on the town of Nagasaki, Japan. Historically, the use of the atomic bombs is seen as a decision that the United States made during WWII in order to end the war with Japan. Regardless of the motivation for using the bombs, they left a death toll of 210,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This essay…show more content…
Source three spectacles how those who have survived Hiroshima still fear for their lives as well as their offspring's lives on a daily basis because of the lingering health effects. Many of them have suffered lung and liver cancer as well as breast cancer and Leukaemia. The offspring of these survivors worry what cancer they will develop as their parents were exposed to such a vast amount of radiation. In addition to the health effects many Japanese people were left scarred from the burns they suffered from the atomic bomb. Source three portrays an image of a man severely disfigured due to nuclear burns he suffered; this source proves the statement that many civilians were left horribly burnt and disfigured. These inconsiderate actions were all due to the stupidity and selfish actions of President Truman and his associates. United States thought that it was absolutely necessary to bomb Japan. The citizens of the United States thought that the bombings put an end to the Pacific War, and saved countless lives. At the time of the bombing, 50 million people had already died in WWII. On the other hand, some critics state that Japan's situation in 1945 was already "catastrophically hopeless," and prior to the bombing, Japanese leaders were preparing to surrender in the summer of 1945. It has even been suggested that the United States had decoded Japan's messages, and were aware of the impending surrender when they dropped the bomb, thus making the
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