Two Atomic Bombs In The Same Country And They Call That Justified? Revision

->In August 1945,during the final stage of the Second World War, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Japan,in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.A uranium gun-type atomic bomb called “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 ,followed by a plutonium implosion-type bomb (Fat Man) on the city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.It ended up killing at least 150,000 people in Hiroshima and 75,000 in Nagasaki, which is why it remains to be the only nuclear weapon used in our history.I think that the dropping of the atomic bomb was not even close to being justified for several reasons.One, they killed thousands of innocent of civilians,two it caused to much damage that they couldn’t fully recover from and three we didn’t learn much from it.

->The amount of destruction that was done is something that the Japanese can never and will never recover from.The causes of mortality among infants and young children was indifferent. “Around 2,400 American Naval personnel were killed in Pearl Harbor, and around 1,200 were injured. How is it justified, the bombing and killing of over 300,000 people, mainly CIVILIANS, due to petty revenge. Big deal, they killed 2,000 odd people; those people were military personnel. The Japanese killed were mainly innocent civilians. Worse than the Nazis, at least they targeted potential threatening points.”[1] How is it justified by killing a huge amount of people that are CIVILIANS,that are innocent who just happened to die because they lived in a country they called their home. If the bomb was dropped on the enemies as in the military/armies then maybe my opinion would be a lot different.However the difference between a civilian and a solider are obviously different.A solider is risking his or her life to ensure the safety of ones country or people, signing some kind of contract, knowing that they could possibly die or get severely injured and I respect each and every single one of them for that. But a civilian is the total opposite they are not risking their lives , they want to be in a safe and secure place away from all the conflict.If you think otherwise then maybe it is justified. “After the dead had been buried and the wounded had been sent to whatever medical facilities were available, the task of surveying and clearing the vast fields of rubble and debris began. This process took the better part of 2 years to complete.”[2] Additionally they had to spend millions to get a bare minimum of what was once home. “12,442,000 yen in 1955 and 25,682,000 yen in 1956 to cover A-bomb victims medical expenses”[3] It took 2 YEARS to cover just on medical expenses because their own hospitals and facilities were destroyed.Which leads me to my next point,the amount of damage caused in the country.

->There were damages done not only to the land, but their were effects to their health.The two cities before the attack were both different in their shapes and sizes of the land so it resulted in great difference in the damages.Hiroshima was all on low,flat ground, and was roughly circular in shape. Nagasaki however had cut up hills and mountains, with no regularity to it’s shape like Hiroshima.Due to that fact,Hiroshima’s damage wasn’t as much as Nagasaki. “All Japanese homes were seriously damaged up to 6,500 feet in Hiroshima, and to 8,000 feet in Nagasaki. Most Japanese homes were damaged up to 8,000 feet in Hiroshima and 10,500 feet in Nagasaki.”[4] Even though thousands of people died,many had actually survived based on how far they were to the proximity of where the bomb was dropped.About 40,000 people had survived,you would think that each and every one of them would be happy to be alive but in this case,they would rather be dead.Each and every single one of them, man, women, and child had what the researchers/doctors called “Injury Phases.” Injury phases were different conditions of injury that would change over a certain period of time.The first two weeks,” mainly burns from rays and flames, and wounds (trauma) from blast and falling structures.”[5] The 3rd week through the 8th week,”symptoms of damages by radioactive rays, e.g., loss of hair, anemia, loss of white cells, bleeding, diarrhea.”[5] Finally, the 3rd and 4th months,”some improvement in burn, trauma, and even radiation injuries.”[5] Even after almost a century later, their are still many aftereffects that still remain in the country such as: “leukemia,
A-bomb cataracts, and cancers of thyroid, breast, lungs, salivary glands, birth defects, including mental retardation, and fears of birth defects in their children, plus, of course, the disfiguring keloid scars.” [6]

->Even after all that happened,it seemed like the world didn’t learn a lesson at all.You would think that at that point in time in history the world would recognize it as a way to learn and to know about it so that we don’t repeat history all over again.Sadly, all it’s done is give an idea to the rest of the world,” hey if they have one, I want one to.” Now,about 9 countries own nuclear weapons that doesn’t just wipe a country of the map but ones that could destroy the whole world 10 times over. “Russia:7,500,USA:7,100,France:300,China:250,United Kingdom:225, Pakistan:120, India:110,Israel:80 and North Korea:10.”[7] Each and every single one of them has at least 10 nuclear weapons ,which is considered to much. “Nine countries in the world possess a total of 16,300 nuclear weapons.”[8] On top of that, they literally invented a “law” that said,”In short: Whoever shoots first, dies second.”[9]  It created what they call today the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Which meant that, “a U.S. doctrine of reciprocal deterrence resting on the U.S. and Soviet Union each being able to inflict unacceptable damage on the other in retaliation for a nuclear attack.”[10] 

->The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will always be apart of our history and will forever change the world we live in now.Two cities that were wiped off the face of the earth,with thousands of men,women and children with it. There were people that still have the scars to bare showing that they survived and they will never forget it, the month of August 1945.It caused damage that can never fully be recovered, and damage that had caused a new city to arise and create itself from what was once cities full of rich mountains and social activity.Even though many places around the world didn’t really learn from it some did, and the ones that did will be the ones to show the world can be a better place without atomic bombs.To teach that this was not justified.

[1]: “Was the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Justified?” Was the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Justified? 6 Nov. 2010. Web. 18 June 2015.http://www.debate.org/opinions/was-the-bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-justified

[2]: “How Did Cleanup in Nagasaki and Hiroshima Proceed following the Atom Bombs? • /r/AskHistorians.” Reddit. Danegeld87, 14 June 2014. Web. 18 June 2015. http://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/213vn5/how_did_cleanup_in_nagasaki_and_hiroshima_proceed/

[3]: “AtomicBombMuseum.org – After the Bomb.” AtomicBombMuseum.org – After the Bomb. After the Bomb, 9 Aug. 2006. Web. 18 June 2015. http://www.atomicbombmuseum.org/4_ruins.shtml

[4]: “The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” General Description of Damage Caused by the Atomic Explosions. AtomicArchive.com, 11 Feb. 2015. Web. 18 June 2015. http://www.atomicarchive.com/Docs/MED/med_chp9.shtml

[5]:”AtomicBombMuseum.org – After the Bomb.” AtomicBombMuseum.org – After the Bomb. After the Bomb, 9 Aug. 2006. Web. 18 June 2015. http://www.atomicbombmuseum.org/4_ruins.shtml

[6]:”AtomicBombMuseum.org – After the Bomb.” AtomicBombMuseum.org – After the Bomb. After the Bomb, 9 Aug. 2006. Web. 18 June 2015. http://www.atomicbombmuseum.org/4_ruins.shtml

[7]: “WORLD NUCLEAR WEAPON STOCKPILE.” Ploughshares Fund. World Nuclear Weapon Stockpile, 2 Mar. 2015. Web. 18 June 2015. http://ploughshares.pyramideast.net/world-nuclear-stockpile-report

[8]:  “WORLD NUCLEAR WEAPON STOCKPILE.” Ploughshares Fund. World Nuclear Weapon Stockpile, 2 Mar. 2015. Web. 18 June 2015. http://ploughshares.pyramideast.net/world-nuclear-stockpile-report

[9]:”Mutual Assured Destruction.” Nuclear Files: Key Issues: Nuclear Weapons: History: Cold War: Strategy: Mutual Assured Destruction. Nuclear Files: Key Issues: Nuclear Weapons: History: Cold War: Strategy: Mutual Assured Destruction, 13 Mar. 2015. Web. 18 June 2015. http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/nuclear-weapons/history/cold-war/strategy/strategy-mutual-assured-destruction.htm

[10]: “MAD.” Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, 13 Dec. 2015. Web. 18 June 2015. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mutual+assured+destruction

 

 

 

 

 

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