The Atomic Bomb that Ended the War, But Many Innocent Lives Were Lost

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My body seemed all black, everything seemed dark, dark all over…. Then, I thought, the world was ending (World War II and the Nuclear Age). One could recall this as describing about one of the most devastating atrocities of World War II, the mobilization of atomic bombs, a weapon of mass destruction. During World War II, President Truman went through an important decision to end the war against the Japanese; losing more American soldiers or using the atomic bombs. With the assistance of J. Robert Oppenheimer and lack of public’s knowledge of this so-called monstrous weapon, Truman decided to introduce the atomic bomb which was the key to ending war. However, even fearful weapons such as the atomic bomb have its own consequences. The consequences that Japan suffered from the loss of many innocent citizens, created public controversy in the United States, and tension between countries rose.
When the atomic bomb was dropped, the destructive weapon disintegrated and claimed innocent lives in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. On August 6th, 1945 in Hiroshima, around 83,000 people were deceased in an instant and tens of thousands of more died in the following year due to wounds and radiation poisoning. In addition to this, food became scarce and most could not find shelter in Hiroshima, which encouraged civilians to migrate from Hiroshima to other rural areas. Three days later, on August 9th, Nagasaki also suffered the same fate as Hiroshima. The explosion of the atomic bomb destroyed anything within a half-mile radius. Moreover, around 40,000 to 75,000 citizens were killed by this blast. Survivors of the atomic bomb left the city and fled to any other villages near it. Although Japan announced its surrender a few days later, the United States...

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