Essay The Atomic Bomb On Japan

1251 Words Dec 15th, 2016 6 Pages
At the conclusion of WWII, the United States developed and released the atomic bomb on Japan. As the most devastating bombs in history dropped on Hiroshima the world changed. The atomic age ushered in new and devastating weapons of mass destruction. It was then that world became tinted in fear at the uncertainty of this new age. It was not long until the Soviet Union tested and released its own weapons of annihilation. The arms race began. The two opposing giants of the 20th Century squared off with vitriol, bombast, and rhetoric. Like titans clashing, the world was put into a constant state of fear. While unveiling his portrait in the South Carolina House of Representatives, Bernard Baruch named that fear. “’Let us not be deceived’;” Baruch said, “’we are today in the midst of a Cold War. Our enemies are to be found abroad and at home. Let us never forget this: Our unrest is the heart of their success.’” (politico) In practice the Cold War became a protracted war between the US and the USSR via indirect conflict. The Cold War spread fear at home of our neighbors, bomb shelters were erected, and children were taught to “duck and hide” beneath their desks during a nuclear attack. Informing on neighbors became patriotic. The House Un-American Activities Committee sought communists in the military, universities, and the media. (Szczepanski) The demonization of communism during the Cold War was used as a tactic to turn the American people against Russian and unite…

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