The Moral And Legal Effects Of Hiroshima

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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 …show more content…
The bomb brought up many moral and legal questions considering how much damage the bomb caused and how the operation was carried out. Many people were upset, especially Americans, who felt ashamed in their country for being the one’s responsible for all the damage. Very few people praised the bombing but many people openly criticised the decision to bomb the city, saying that the U.S. committed a crime against humanity, and that the United State’s decision would influence other countries to consider using nuclear weapons (Steele, n.d.). David Lawrence, editor of the United States News, was one of the most outspoken critics of the bomb and he compared the atomic bomb to gas chambers used by the Nazis during the Holocaust, Lawrence (1945) wrote "If the right to use the atomic bomb is sanctioned, then the right to invent weapons that will deal a so-called merciful death--indeed as quick and instantaneous as the lethal chambers of Buchenwald--is also sanctioned.” More legal and moral issues arose when people realized how poorly this operation was carried out. After the bombing, many people involved in the bombing of Hiroshima talked about what happened with the project, one of which was General Groves, director of the Manhattan Project, and he made many statements that showed exactly how poorly the situation was handled and the little planning that went into this project. He admitted that "There was never any definite approval of this conclusion and there was no limitation placed on our plans on the number of bombs to be used” (Loebs, 1995). This shows that there wasn’t any real plan that went into the project. People were upset knowing that the situation wasn 't handled as well and looked over more carefully as it could have been considering the damage it caused. Robert Lewis, a co-pilot wrote “my God, what have we done?” (Lifton and Mitchell, n.d.) in his diary shortly after his plane

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