Essay about Was Dropping an Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima Ethical?

1959 WordsMar 1, 20118 Pages
Gather the facts On December 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was the target of an unannounced military attack by the Japanese Navy. This resulted in the United States entry into World War II. After almost 4 years of war, 400,000 US casualties, 6 months of air strikes on Japanese cities and an impending defeat of Japan, an ultimatum was delivered to Japan by the United States: surrender or be destroyed. On August 6th, 1945 the United States military dropped the first atomic bomb as an act of war on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. 3 days later, the second and last to date, atomic bomb was dropped onto Nagasaki, Japan. Under the direction of President Harry Truman, the atomic bombs were dropped in response to the disregarded ultimatum…show more content…
The property of hundreds of thousands of owners would be destroyed in the dropping of the bomb. Any insured property bore the interest of the company insuring it. The construction companies that would need to rebuild the city have an interest in the potential profits from the work. The environment and all of its plants and animals also have a natural interest in this issue as stakeholders. The nature of the Atomic Bomb created a global and theoretical set of stakeholders that few other ethical dilemmas reach. In many ways this use of nuclear technology created the Cold War and the global fear of a nuclear Armageddon. At that time every citizen of the globe feared how the use of nuclear weapons would harm them and their world. The future is also a stakeholder in this conversation. The effects of nuclear fallout were not well understood at the time. Nuclear aftermath could last for decades and even longer, effecting the health and livelihood of all living things for generations to come. The information that could be collected and research opportunities created after a nuclear weapon detonation would be studied for centuries and will change medicine and research forever. Future citizens and scientists were also stakeholders in this decision. The list of stakeholders in the decision to drop the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima is essentially limitless. The earth and all of its inhabitants have a stake in detonating
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