Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan

By November 29, 2016 Politics

When the atomic bomb went off over Hiroshima on Aug.

1945, 70,000 lives were ended in a flash.

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were weary from the long and brutal war, such a drastic measure seemed .

a necessary, even righteous way to end the madness that was World War .

II. However, the madness had just begun. That August morning was the .

day that heralded the dawn of the nuclear age, and with it came more .

than just the loss of lives. According to Archibald MacLeish, a U.S. .

poet, “What happened at Hiroshima was not only that a scientific .

breakthrough . . . had occurred and that a great part of the.

population of a city had been burned to death, but that the problem of .

the relation of the triumphs of modern science to the human purposes .

of man had been explicitly defined.” The entire globe was now to live .

with the fear of total annihilation, the fear that drove the cold war, .

the fear that has forever changed world politics. The fear is real, .

more real today than ever, for the ease at which a nuclear bomb is .

achieved in this day and age sparks fear in the hearts of most people .

on this planet. According to General Douglas MacArthur, “We have had .

our last chance. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable .

system, Armageddon will be at our door.” The decision to drop the .

atomic bomb on Japanese citizens in August, 1945, as a means to.

bring the long Pacific war to an end was justified-militarily, .

politically and morally. .

The goal of waging war is victory with minimum losses on one’s .

own side and, if possible, on the enemy’s side. No one disputes the .

fact that the Japanese military was prepared to fight to the last man .

to defend the home islands, and indeed had already demonstrated this .

determination in previous Pacific island campaigns. A weapon .

originally developed to contain a Nazi atomic project was available .

that would spare Americans hundreds of thousands of causalities in an .

invasion of Japan, and-not incidentally-save several times more than .

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