Use of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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"Houses, electric poles, trees started to burn everywhere. Adults and children with burns over their entire bodies were gasping and pleading, "Save me!" "Give me water!" Glasses, caps, and water bottles were scattered all over. The streets were filled with glass fragments. It was heartbreaking to see so many children crying and dying. They were saying, ‘I hate America!' Many adults were killed, too. And I saw dead horses, cats, dogs and other animals." - Torako Hironaka (Exposed approximately 1,300 meters from the hypocenter in Hiroshima, Japan), August 6, 1945. The fateful decision was made on July 25, 1945, the day when the official bombing orders were placed on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was on this day that sent Miss Torako and many others like her to face their unfortunate doom in the microcosm of the end of the world. But it was only a few months later, on the Sixth and Ninth of August 1945, that these poor victims actually get to experience this tragedy. Some people estimated no more than 400,000 people were truly victimized from the effects, others said more. But even now, almost seventy years later after this terrible calamity, people were still utterly disgusted but gruesomely fascinated at the true brutality that these two atomic bombs brought to the world. This fact made people argued and debated for decades on end. Two sides, two perspectives, absolutely and completely different from one another, but nonetheless, never came to a proper conclusion. Should the United States really have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan? Was it, in all reality, truly necessary? To put it blatantly, yes, the United States should have dropped the two atomic bombs on Japan. It had to have been done. With those conditions a... ... middle of paper ... ...the 1910s before their rapid industrialization slowly lowered the standards of upholding these Bushido idealizations. It was only until the time around World War II where the Japanese started to follow the same code of honors that the samurai followed previously. And by the last years of the war, everyone, men and women, over the age of thirteen was a part of a sort of National hgyGuard and were following the same rules as the rest of the military; which was in turn fighting under a modified code of the Bushido which dictated that they never surrender and leave behind the wounded. Thus this group mentality made it unthinkable and impractical for an individual Japanese citizen to disagree with any of the political leaders. So as long as the military oligarchy wanted the war to continue, which they did, the majority of the people would be willing to follow through.
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