Essay on The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Hiroshima

1293 Words Aug 19th, 2015 6 Pages
On August 6th, 1945 a bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The plan was authorized by Harry S. Truman and it was the first time in history that a nuclear weapon was used in war. The bombing of Hiroshima has raised many questions about nuclear weapons used in war; the bomb had many negative long-term effects, which include physical, environmental moral issues. The three main causes of the bombing were that the United States wanted to end the war quickly to minimize casualties, they wanted to observe the effects of a nuclear weapon, and Japan refused to surrender to the U.S. The three main effects of the bombing were, the bomb caused significant damage to the city of Hiroshima, moral and legal issues arose, and global politics were considerably influenced. There are many proposed reasons why the United States decided to bomb Hiroshima. The most significant cause of the bombing is that the United States wanted to end the war quickly as there was already a huge amount of American casualties in the war. By the end of WWII there was an estimated 407,000 American soldiers killed and 671,000 wounded (“By The Numbers,” n.d.). Another major cause of the bombing was that Japan refused to surrender to the United States. On July 26th, 1945 the U.S. issued the Potsdam Declaration, which was a statement demanding all Japanese armed forces to surrender and if they rejected the request, Japan would face “prompt and utter destruction” (“The Bombing of Hiroshima…,” n.d.). Japan ignored the…

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