What Are The Dangers Of The Atomic Bomb Essay

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On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber, notoriously known as ‘Little Boy’, dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in war on Hiroshima, Japan and instantly killed 60,000 – 80,000 upon impact. A few days later, ‘Fat Man’ (a second, bigger atomic bomb) was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Those who became hibakushas, a Japanese word for atomic bomb survivors, were significantly affected and were likely to have their lifespan reduced after radiation exposure. The rest of their lives were characterized by internal injuries, social isolation, and a wide array of problems associated with radiation poisoning. Consequently, the death toll was literally doubled when deaths after the initial bombing was taken into account. Clearly, the atomic bombs imposed on Japan display the sheer ferocity of nuclear warfare, and highlight its danger to humanity. Though effective, atomic bombs are simply too destructive and there are perhaps safer and less severe alternatives. Given the extensive consequences of atomic warfare and the dangers and anxieties it imposes on humanity, all nuclear weapons should banned from existence.
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Numerous critics and pro-atomic bomb people will inevitably argue that both atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were absolutely necessary to bring a swift end to World War II and save the lives of hundreds of thousands Allied soldiers. However, Japan’s military was already defeated by June 1945; both its naval and air forces had been almost totally obliterated. In fact, Henry Arnold, the commanding General of the Army Air Forces declared in his 1949 memoirs: "It always appeared to us, atomic bomb or no atomic bomb, the Japanese were already on the verge of collapse.” Furthermore, by mid-April of 1945, the United States Joint Intelligence Committee reported that the Japanese leaders were already looking to developing terms of surrender to end the

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