A New Weapon of Devastation

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“Suddenly, there was an enormous flash of light, the brightest light I have ever seen or that I think anyone has ever seen. It blasted; it pounced; it bored its way into you. It was a sight which was seen with more than the eye. It was seen to last forever. You would wish it would stop; altogether it lasted about two seconds.” (Isaac) The decision to employ atomic weapons against Japan remains a controversial chapter in American history. Even before the new President Harry S. Truman finalized his decision to use the bombs, members of the President’s inner circle grappled with the specifics of the decision to drop the new weapon, including those who were the backbones of the Manhattan project, the very scientists that gave birth to this devastating weapon. President Truman should have listened well to the creators, their well-founded concerns revolved around a cluster of related issues: whether the use of the technology was necessary to defeat an already crippled Japan; whether a similar outcome could be effected without using the bomb against civilian targets; and what effect the demonstration of the bomb’s devastating power would have on postwar diplomacy. (Hamner) The devastating strikes of the atomic bomb on two of Japan’s cities should be phrased as “kicking a country while it’s down.” President Harry Truman was torn at the decision to mark Hiroshima as their new target. Historians speculate that the president’s advisors on the matter were exceedingly different, including the opinion of the military, the scientists in the Manhattan Project, all of the Allies, and of course the president himself. Japan had already suffered approximately 9,702,000 deaths, and with the first strike, added 672,000 lives to the list. In 1995, ... ... middle of paper ... ...hives, Mar-April 2000. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. . Secondary Sources Burr, William "The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources." The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources. The National Security Archive, 27 Apr. 2007. Web. 08 Nov. 2013. Hamner, Christopher. "Teaching History.org, Home of the National History Education Clearinghouse." The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Teaching History, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2013. Sheikin, Steve. "Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon." Us.macmillan.com. Macmillan US, 4 Sept. 2012. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. BBC "WW2 People's War." BBC News. Ed. BBC. BBC, June 2005. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
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