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26 May

 

Against the Atomic Bombing of 1945

 

 

The United States should not have used the atomic bomb to stop the Japanese militaristic threat during World War II, seeing that it was unnecessary to cause untold suffering unto hundreds of thousands of people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Seeing that the United States is nowadays a champion of nuclear warming, it would be ironical if the nation would continue to agree with the logic of using an atomic bomb to end war.  Certainly, the atomic bombs used during World War II – Little Boy (especially named for Hiroshima), and Fat Boy (detonated in Nagasaki three days after the Hiroshima bombing) – were deadly, to say the least.[1]  The bombs used by the United States served to terrify the Japanese people, and therefore ended the war quicker than previously believed.  However, today the United States knows that the cost that was paid by the Japanese people at the expense of a war, was humungous.  It should not have happened.  What if it happens in our homeland?  The photographs that have arrived from Hiroshima and Nagasaki are enough to convince us that the bombing was actually unnecessary (See Appendix).  If Mr. Truman were to be asked his opinion today, he might agree, although he might add that it was necessary to check the potency of those bombs for the world to stop using them altogether. 

     While it is a fact that the world has stopped using atomic bombs after the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombing, it remains true that it was unnecessary to use the atomic bombs in the first place.  It was unnecessary because we knew all along that those bombs are powerfully dangerous.  Indeed, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings were a crime against humanity.  Needless to say, it is essential to stop such crimes.  Thankfully, still, the U.S. has realized its mistakes and today acts a spokesperson for ‘freedom from nuclear proliferation and explosions,’ which Mr. Truman had thought were actually equivalent to the harnessing of universal energies, if not the powers of God, as of the Big Bang.  At the same time as the atomic bombing of 1945 acted as a revolution for humanity, and the marriage between technology and human beings – it was a “terrible” disaster.  In the words of the then-unapologetic Mr. Truman, the extent of the disaster was also expected:

 

         We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world.  It may be the fire

    destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.

         Anyway we “think” we have found the way to cause a disintegration of the atom.  An

    experiment in the New Mexico desert was startling – to put it mildly.  Thirteen pounds of the

    explosive caused the complete disintegration of a steel tower 60 feet high, created a crater 6

    feet deep and 1,200 feet in diameter, knocked over a steel tower 1/2 mile away and knocked

    men down 10,000 yards away.  The explosion was visible for more than 200 miles and audible

    for 40 miles and more.

         This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th.  I have told the

    Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it so that military objectives and soldiers and sailors are the

    target and not women and children.  Even if the Japs are savages, ruthless, merciless and

    fanatic, we as the leader of the world for the common welfare cannot drop that terrible bomb

    on the old capital or the new….[2]

 

The experiment was not essential to conduct upon the lives of countless civilians who ended up losing their existence to Mr. Truman’s whim.  The United States should simply have shown the New Mexico desert example to the Japanese, and warned them thereby.  Science allows for such examples to serve as warnings.  In any case, Mr. Truman was successful in that he managed to warn the Japanese alright.[3]  As a matter of fact, the Americans promised the Japanese more ruin to come from the air, if the latter failed to concede subsequent to the Hiroshima explosion.  Was it not reasonable for the U.S. to have waited more than three days before it also bombed Nagasaki – for the effects of the bomb to show up in greater intensity in Hiroshima, or for the Japanese to simply look upon their damages and surrender?  The effects of the bomb were present the first day to boot.[4]  Unfortunately, the Japanese did not concede until after the Nagasaki bombing.[5]    

     According to the Americans, by bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they terrified the Japanese into surrender.  However, it can reasonably be argued that the United States should have used its actual scientific testing of the nuclear weapon (in the Mexican desert) to scare the Japanese, instead.  The U.S. could have easily reported the scientific testing in the Japanese press.  Furthermore, the U.S. should not have bombed Nagasaki after Hiroshima, seeing that the effects of the bomb in Hiroshima were horrible at best.  The United States is a nation of people standing by God through their world-famous Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  It is quite obvious from news reports about the Hiroshima bombing alone that the attack called for the help of God.  In actual fact, the attack was a miserable failure for the United States because it stopped all sense of normal life in Hiroshima in the twinkling of an eye.  Quite similar to 9/11, the Hiroshima bombing was enough as warning, even if we were to give the U.S. the benefit of the doubt by assuming that the scientific experiment could not have been enough of a warning for the Japanese.  The U.S. should not have gone forward with the Nagasaki bombing after inflicting a disaster similar to 9/11, but bigger in magnitude than 9/11.  It was an inhumane mistake.

     Fortunately, however, the United States is now wise enough to avoid such disasters in the present and the future.  The world knows that the nation is capable of inflicting such a disaster, and other countries are developing similar military power in a race to rule the world.  All the same, everybody now understands that it is atrocious to use atomic bombs on other human beings like unto ourselves.  It is not only inhumane, but also stupid to use nuclear weapons when scientific experiments (including Hiroshima) have clearly shown the immensity of the damage that these weapons may inflict.  It is, moreover, a terrible mistake to be thinking of developing such weapons.  Even though they serve as good warning measures, or may be later used in an ice age; atomic bombs are atrocious to employ on people.  Lastly, it is essential to realize that it is never necessary to be violent and horrible.  Rather, the concepts of peace, love, and brotherhood – all emotional appeals – plus numberless varieties of logical appeals could keep us on the paths of peace and prosperity.  In fact, the relationship between U.S. and Japan as it exists today is evidence that the realization has hopefully occurred.       

 

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Works Cited

 

 

“Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Wikipedia. 2007. 6 June 2007

            <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki>.

 

“Harry S. Truman, Diary, July 25, 1945,” Atomic Bomb Decision. 6 June 2007

            <http://www.dannen.com/decision/hst-jl25.html&gt;.

 

“1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima.” BBC (6 August 1945). 6 June 2007

<http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/6/newsid_3602000/3602189.st&gt;.

 

 

 

 


[1] See “Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Wikipedia (2007), 6 June 2007, Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki; and “Harry S. Truman, Diary, July 25, 1945,” Atomic Bomb Decision, 6 June 2007, Retrieved from http://www.dannen.com/decision/hst-jl25.html.

[2] “Harry S. Truman, Diary, July 25, 1945,” Atomic Bomb Decision.

[3] “1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima,” BBC (6 August 1945), 6 June 2007, Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/6/newsid_3602000/3602189.stm.

[4] See Appendix.

[5] “Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Wikipedia.