Essay On The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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World War II was a testing ground for weapons the world had never seen before, with the most powerful weapons being the two atomic bombs dropped by the United States. The two bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively (“Avalon Project”). These bombs powered by nuclear fission caused destruction on a scale that had never been seen before. The bombs developed during the Manhattan Project were created in order to end the fighting of World War II. The bombs served their purpose as, after they were dropped on both Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the Japanese soon surrendered, ending the war on the Pacific Front. However, even though the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki quickly ended the war on the Pacific Front, …show more content…
The bombings are one of those events in history where the witnesses speak of it in utter horror and hope to never experience anything even remotely similar ever again. Hachiya Michihiko, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, has chronicled his experiences in his book, Hiroshima Diary. While recollecting the immediate moments after the explosion, he describes the people he sees and says, “These people puzzled me until I suddenly realized that they had been burned and were holding their arms out to prevent the painful friction of raw surfaces rubbing together.” (Michihiko). In his first-hand account of the damage caused by the bomb, it is seen the extent of the damage the bomb has caused to those who survived. He says that they held their arms outstretched so that they would not come into contact with anything, as that would give them immense pain. In this situation of extreme suffering and pain, most survivors felt like being alive was torture and wished for their own deaths. All this suffering was caused by a single bomb that had been dropped on Hiroshima. Some scholars say that the dropping of the bombs was justified as it quickly ended the war with Japan. As Truman himself says, “We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war” (Truman). However, the immense pain that the bombs have caused are still seen in today’s survivors, reminding people of the survivors’ suffering. For example, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, Akihiro Takahashi, is described by the New York Times as, “His [Akihiro] ears are missing, his fingers are deformed and he is weakened by chronic illness” (“Justified Bombings?”). Akihiro’s current appearance demonstrates the impact that the bombs have on people even to this day. His appearance is a gruesome thing, yet it is not his fault nor is it a result of his actions. Not only is he now disfigured and handicapped, but

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