The Atomic Bomb Called Little Boy
Enola Gay Essay
When you think of the words “Little Boy” you think of innocence and incorruptibility, but the atomic bomb targeted for Hiroshima carrying the code name
“Little Boy” was anything but, and was one of the last straws for Japan is World War II.
The bomb caused massive destruction and three days later when another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan couldn’t take it and surrendered. If today I was asked to drop an atomic bomb on an enemy I would have to consider a lot before accepting the mission.
When the U.S. dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima it killed tens of thousands of civilians and devastated Japan. They didn’t have long to recover, however, because three days later another atomic bombed nicknamed “Fat Man” was dropped on
Nagasaki, causing a lot more death and destruction. If I was asked to accept a mission like this to defend my country my first thought would be to consider how much destruction I would cause to the country. Although in a war deaths are inevitable, I feel that it is wrong to kill a lot of civilians, especially innocent women and children. Soldiers sign up for war to defend their country, knowing that they are risking their lives every
day. Civilians did not sign up to risks their lives every day, they are just trying to live their lives as routinely as possible. Also, dropping an atomic bomb causes long term damage with the fumes that the bomb releases. For the people that survive in the surrounding areas there are more struggles down the line. They can get sick, have deformed children, etc. On the other hand, the duty of a soldier is to defend his country to the best of his ability, and dropping an atomic bomb would definitely help our country a lot in a war. However, the civilian damage is too great for me to take a mission like that.
All in all, the damage caused in World War II to Japan by atomic bombs dropped by the U.S. to civilians is too great to have me take a mission like that now towards another country.