The Hiroshima Bombing

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The Hiroshima Bombing

By Anicka Medina

The smoke settles on this formerly peaceful day in Hiroshima. There are skeletons on the ground, their skin reduced to ashes. Sometimes all there is to remember a person by are their ashes. Many were killed during the bombing of Hiroshima, and many more years later, and even more than 65 years later, there are still people dying and a very heated controversy on the topic. The bombing of Hiroshima was unneeded and unnecessary because the atomic bomb caused the other countries to create deadly atomic weapons as well, which if mass-detonated, could destroy everything we have ever known.. The bombers could have bombed a less populated area, like they were considering, like a forest or a smaller, less important town. President Truman should not have dropped the bomb. This will tell you why.

The first reason why I believe the bomb should not have dropped is that the atomic bomb started a race between the scientists of the world to see who could make the deadliest weapon. The Hiroshima bomb marked the start of the nuclear age, and everybody was wanting to get some atomic bomb action. The bomb cost about $7 billion dollars, and it killed 125,000 people on the first day of the aftermath, as soon as the bomb dropped. Now that most countries wield that power, the whole world could die of radiation. Some of those bombs are thousands of times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. There is a treaty to destroy the atomic bombs, called the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or NPT, but there are some countries that have refused to sign the treaty.

In fact, while we’re on the topic of other countries creating their own atomic bombs, and some bombs even have thousands of times of radiation in them, we have the power to destroy all life on Earth, if everyone were to go and start World War III. If even half the atomic weapons were to be set off, scientists believe that even that could create enough dust and smoke to cover the sun and reduce the world to an eternal twilight. The winter could kill plants and animals...and people. Some governments want atom bombs as defense from the other countries, but others want peace without nuclear weapons.

Now, my last claim and one of the things that I think should have happened in order to prevent such controversy: President Truman and the American bombers that dropped the atomic bomb could have arranged to drop the atomic bomb somewhere else, to show Japan how powerful we were and maybe bring about their surrender. A forest or somewhere in the green hills of Hiroshima, far from the city. Less lives would have been taken, and more saved from the war. The same damage would have been caused to show the Japanese that they had that kind of power and that if Japan hadn’t surrendered, then that nuclear power would be unleashed onto their cities. President Truman was considering Nagasaki, but he and the other bombers and scientists thought it wouldn’t be enough to subdue the Japanese. They also wanted to hit the Japanese military where it hurt: in a military stronghold. While considering this, the council of scientists that had developed the bomb, the bombers, and Truman himself, decided against Nagasaki and other isolated areas to strike Hiroshima.

Others say that when the Japanese were fighting in WWII, they were ruled by the samurai code bushido, meaning that the soldiers would rather die than surrender, as to not lose face. They say that dropping the bomb was the only thing to do, as the Japanese would never surrender and instead fight to the death. President Truman knew that, and when he asked one last time before the Hiroshima bombing, when they refused, he had no choice but to drop the bomb. I know that they were ruled by bushido, but even to surrender and save their lives and the lives of their next generations, the ones who might be infected with radiation sickness, seemed too wild.

In conclusion, President Truman should not have dropped the bomb, as many people lost their lives. Takashi Hiraoka, former mayor of Hiroshima, said, “We don’t forget the Hiroshima bomb, but we don’t forget Pearl Harbor either. We will not forget the tragedy of war. We must think of world peace. and must not amplify the hatred.” Now there is a park in Hiroshima at the bomb site. There is a museum near the park as well. Each year 1,200,000 people visit the museum near the park. Also in the park is the Atomic Bomb Dome, which shelters a single coffin. Inside the coffin is a list of all the people who have died as a result of the Hiroshima bomb. New names are always added as the radiation takes lives even after the bomb has been dropped and the smoke settled. There was also a little girl named Sadako that died of radiation sickness. She attempted to fold a thousand paper cranes in order to evade dying of the sickness. Unfortunately, she never completed the cranes and her wish would never come true when she died. There are many people who are touched by Sadako’s story and now people send as many as 400 million paper cranes to Hiroshima. So although the atomic bomb stopped the war, think now: Was it really worth it?


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