The Atomic Bomb

Topics: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nuclear weapon, World War II, Hiroshima / Pages: 3 (540 words) / Published: Sep 9th, 2013
World War II & the Atomic Bomb

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the end to the world's largest armed conflict. Many debates have surfaced over the ethics of such an attack. The bomb itself caused massive amounts of casualties while the unknown effects of radiation caused many more deaths amongst the survivors of the blast. Despite the ghastly effects of such a weapon, it offered the best choice for a quick and easy defeat of Japan. President Truman, who authorized the use of the atomic bomb, made a wise decision under the circumstances of the war. The Japanese refusal to surrender, the massive amount of allied casualties involved in invading the Japanese mainland and the ineffectuality of a military blockade enforcing Japan to surrender made the bomb a necessary last resort.

The side effects of atomic weaponry weren’t known when Truman gave the order to drop the bomb over Hiroshima. Neither the military nor the scientists working on the Manhattan Project were aware of the long-lasting radiation effects. In turn, President Truman didn’t know the effects would be so long lasting when he made the decision to drop the bombs. We now know of the deadly lasting effects of atomic weaponry, but these side effects were unheard of during the war.

The atomic bomb provided tactical advantages in addition to its unparalleled power. Only one plane needed to be fuelled, crewed and maintained. The risk of being shot down was drastically lower that of a squadron of planes needed to accomplish the same goal.

Before the bombs had been dropped the Japanese government was at a standstill over matters of peace. The roughly equal civilian and military parties were locked in a struggle over surrender. The only way in which surrender could be achieved is if a consensus could be achieved amongst the parties. The military leaders refused to back down, unwilling to accept defeat and dishonor. The massive toll that American

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