Why So Many Nuclear Weapons Essay

1361 Words Nov 8th, 2014 6 Pages
Why So Many Nuclear Weapons? As of 2014, only two nuclear weapons have been used in the course of warfare, both times where by the United States near the end of World War II. August 6th 1945, the first atomic bomb code-named "Little Boy" was detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9th, the second atomic bomb code-named "Fat Man" detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. These two bombings resulted in the deaths of approximately 200,000 civilians and military personnel from injuries sustained from the explosions. This resulted in Japan 's surrender and the end of World War II. In Mark Weber’s article “Was Hiroshima Necessary” he quotes former Japanese Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoye, who said: "Fundamentally, the thing that brought about the determination to make peace was the prolonged bombing by the B-29s."(Weber) this is interesting because the prime minister didn’t say the dropping of the atomic bombs is what led to Japan’s surrender. He is in fact was talking about raids of bomber planes on japan causing extensive destruction to the country 's cities and killing anywhere from 241,000 to 900,000 people. This is more than the atomic bombs approximate 200,000 people killed. So why did the United States unleash the atomic bomb onto Japan. Some historian’s belief it was to show Russia the United States abilities. Whatever the reason for the use of the atomic bomb it is what sparked the age of the atomic bomb. Since the bombings of…

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