Unwarranted Atomic Catastrophe

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Many people around the world view acts of terrorism as works of individuals not countries. But on August 14, 1945 the United States launched two atomic bombs that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Japan. The question at hand is if the usage of such devastating atomic bombs necessary. Over the years historians have argued whether or not the usage of the bombs was necessary, and if it was ethical (Kriger 1). Dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unnecessary acts of terrorism. There are four reasons as to why the United States’ attack on two major cities in Japan was immoral, unjust and excessively violent. The first reason pertains to the state of Japan’s navy versus the United States’ navy. The second reason was the balance of power between the two countries and the world. The third reason pertains to overlooking alternative humane methods to ‘avenge Pearl Harbor’. The fourth reason was the gravity of destruction that these atomic bombs possessed. Before the Atomic bombs were dropped, the state of Japan, from the repercussions of being a pivotal part of the Axis powers, was detrimental. Japan had lost its economic position and its military prowess. Japan is an island located in the Pacific Ocean; the emergence of Japan’s strong economic position was through the heavy reliance of exporting and importing manufactured goods such as weapons, cars, and natural resources such as oil and steel. The US navy after WWII controlled the Pacific Ocean thus preventing Japan from exporting and importing. Japan’s navy was entirely destroyed thus Japan was in no position to conduct military operations outside of Japan based on topography. Thus the US was entirely safe from any attack this brings the point of terror... ... middle of paper ... ...ed, and at minimum should have used the bombs in an unpopulated area in Japan rather then incinerating two major Japanese cities. (Gallager. 1) This incident has forever changed the world greatly in both a positive, and negative way. In a positive perspective international laws have been established to stop the usage of nuclear weapons, and it is illegal to drop bombs on other countries. In a negative perspective till this day the genetic defects that the Japanese face due to atomic bomb that has both still affects the Japanese environment, and people. Works Cited "Join Academia.edu & Share Your Research with the World." The Atomic Bomb Should Not Have Been Dropped. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2014. Ibuse, Masuji. Black Rain. Japan: "Kodansha USA", 1965. Print. "Were the Atomic Bombings Necessary?" Were the Atomic Bombings Necessary? N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Jan. 2014.

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