Plutonium Bomb Persuasive Essay

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The day the bomb was tested will be remembered in many different ways by different people, some for the best, some for the better, and some for the worse. Cohen states that the plutonium core was delivered to the bombsite on July 12th, 1942. The countdown started at 5 a.m. the countdown was 20 minutes long (75). Sam Wilson, a physicist yelled,” zero.” The countdown ended and the bomb was to explode shortly (78). Cohen tells the tale of the bomb testing: Nothing happened. Then suddenly the sky ignited. The flash was seen in three states. It lit up the sky like the sun, throwing out a multicolored clout that surged 38,000 feet into the atmosphere in about seven minutes. The heat at the center of the blast approximated that of the center …show more content…
Cohen explains that August 4th, 1945 was the day that the bomb was to be dropped. Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, was to pilot the plane that dropped the bomb (102). The bomb bay doors opened at 8:15 a.m. on August 6th, two days after the planned bomb dropping (104). On August 9th the plutonium bomb was dropped on Nagasaki (104). The damage was done Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Physical, Medical, and Social Effects of the Atomic Bombings, a book, written by Eisei Ishikawa, David L. Swain, Committee for the Compilation of Materials on Damage Caused by the Atomic Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (CCMDCABHN) shows that 118,661 people died in Hiroshima alone (113). The bomb had the heat of 3,000 to 4,000 degrees Celsius at the hypocenter of the site where the bomb was dropped. The victims had heat injuries at 3-5 kilometers away (118). To put it another way, the bomb was so powerful that people that were 5 kilometers away had severe burns on their arms. Ishikawa, Swain, and the …show more content…
However, when the adrenaline is overpowering and clouds a man’s judgement then people are dangerous to themselves and to others. Lawrence Badash, a renowned, deceased professor of the University of California, Santa Barbara, a man who wrote,” American Physicists, Nuclear Weapons in World War II, and Social Responsibility” states that the scientist in the Manhattan Project created the most destructive weapon in history. However, they did so to stop the tyranny of Adolf Hitler and to stop him from enslaving mankind (142). When Germany fell and the Germans were incapable of producing a bomb many Manhattan Project workers started asking why they needed to keep research. One named Joseph Rotblat resigned because of his ideals and his beliefs. Many scientists at the Manhattan Project created a petition to give to President Roosevelt, at the time, stating that Roosevelt should give Japan a chance to surrender (143). Even one of the leaders of the Manhattan Project believed that Japan deserved a chance to surrender before the bomb was used (147). Sean Malloy author of,” ‘A Very Pleasant Way to Die’: Radiation Effects and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb against Japan” illustrates that President Truman, the president who decided to bomb the Japanese, knew about the power and he struggled with the decision (538). Truman was briefed on the effects of radiation

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