How Will The World Use Its Nuclear Capability? Essay

1150 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
"How will the world use its nuclear capability?" (“The Decision to Drop the Bomb”) is a conflicting question that the world does not know the exact answer to. The American people never imagined the strength and lasting effects of the nuclear bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Most American citizens believe that bombing Japan was the only option at the time. While arguments against and for the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are substantial and noteworthy, the appalling effects were ethically unjust to the civilians and suggest that American leaders were selfish and racist.
The article, “The Decision to Drop the Bomb” from USHistory.org, examines the “decision of unprecedented gravity” that President Truman faced. The article claims that the decision was the “most difficult decision of his life” with no text citation. (“The Decision to Drop the Bomb”). After four years of US involvement in World War II, the vast majority of Americans were exhausted and ready for an end. The Japanese, on the other hand, were ready to continue the war and had military forces ready for US invasion (“The Decision to Drop the Bomb”). After Japan refused to surrender, the Americans dropped the first bomb on the city of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. The article explains several critics opinions on the reasoning for the bombing. Most noteworthy being the accusation of the American government being “racist” because “such a device would never have been used against white civilians.” (“the…

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