The Pros And Cons Of The Atomic Bombs

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The United States of America dropping the atomic bombs on Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and August 9th, 1945, was a very controversial decision and the opinions as to if the attacks were justified or not differ between those living in Japan and the U.S. The U.S’s act of dropping the atomic bombs was not justified because the long lasting health effects the bombings had on the population was disastrous, Japan’s army was inevitably facing defeat, and the mass destruction caused by the attacks lead to social damages throughout Japan.

Although the atomic bombs did ensure victory for the U.S and British forces, it was a victory that definitely came with a cost; the significant loss of the Japanese population. The atomic bombs did not only caused mass infrastructure destruction, it also lead to a tremendous amount of civilian casualties that took place instantly and after the atomic bombings.
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Black rain was ingested by breathing or consumption of contaminated food or drink and caused radiation poisoning. The ionized radiation had to power to strip electrons from neutral atoms and these rays hit the ground and damaged exposed living tissue. Dosages on ground level were high enough to be lethal for people not already killed by the explosions. The initial radioactivity was caused by the burst of radiation from the two atomic bombs and irradiated soil and other materials. The radiation effects included hair loss, development of keloids, thermal burns and increased cancer rates.Out of the seventeen types of cancers considered, the atomic bomb victims suffered from sixteen of them and by 1950, up to 200,000 people died due to cancer and the long term effects of the radiation. Although the bombs were dropped over 70 years ago, its effects can still be seen today, proving the huge impact atomic bombs

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