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Atomic Bomb Morality

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The development of the atomic bomb and chemical warfare forever changed the way people saw the world. It was a landmark in time for which there was no turning back. The constant balancing of the nuclear super powers kept the whole of humankind on the brink of atomic Armageddon. Fear of nuclear winter and the uncertainty of radiation created its own form of a cultural epidemic in the United States. During these tense times in human history officials made controversial decisions such as the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Dangerous biological experiments and bombs tests were carried out in the name of the greater good and national defense. Some historians and scientists argue that the decisions and acts carried out by the U.S. during World War II and the Cold War were unethical because of the direct damage they did. The United States' decisions were moral because it can be proven their actions were aimed at achieving a greater good and those that were put in potential danger volunteered and were informed of the risk.

The dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan were ethical decisions made by President Harry Truman and the United States government. By the time of the atom bomb was ready, the U.S. had been engaged in military conflict for over four years and lost over 400,000 soldiers. Truman claimed, "We would have the opportunity to bring the world into a pattern in which the peace of the world and our civilization can be saved" (Winkler 18). The bomb was aimed at ending the war immediately and avoiding prolonged battle in the Pacific Theater and the inevitable invasion of Japan. President Truman hoped that by showing the Japanese the devastating weapon the U.S. possessed, that the war could be brought ...

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...these tests ensured a long, relative peace between the U.S. and Soviet Bloc and greatly benefited the scientific community.

The dropping and the atomic bomb and the continued use of human subjects during scientific testing in the 20th century continues to be a controversial subject. It is because the actions carried out saved many lives and that those hurt were informed and volunteered that these methods were moral. It is because of the debate surrounding these actions that science has continued to evolve. From these earlier practices, more rigid experimental methods are enforced. These new regulations protect the patient and continue to ensure that those sacrificing their safety to aid others are not injured without fully understanding the risks involved. The modern world will continue to benefit from the actions taken by the United States during the 20th century.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the development of the atomic bomb and chemical warfare forever changed the way people saw the world.
  • Explains that the dropping of atomic bombs on hiroshima and nagasaki were ethical decisions made by president harry truman and the united states government.
  • Explains that the early 20th century was marked by a rise in nationalism, which is defined as an embracement to one's own country.
  • Explains that nuclear weapons were used by the soviet union and the united states during the cold war.
  • Explains how physician walter reed established the ethics of modern testing that ensured future experiments would be fair and moral to those subjugated.
  • Explains that during world war ii, the american committee on medical research was faced with confronting malaria. the feeling of nationalism and national pride was at its peak.
  • Explains that atomic bomb testing was ethical because of the amount of publicity it was given.
  • Opines that the dropping and the atomic bomb and continued use of human subjects during scientific testing in the 20th century continues to be a controversial subject.
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