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Hiroshima

Hiroshima

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Case Report against the Hiroshima Bombing. Stupid format refuses to let me edit the damn page gap.
Case Report against the Hiroshima Bombing. Stupid format refuses to let me edit the damn page gap.

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Justification of the Means
 A case study of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings
 I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary-Former President Dwight Eisenhower, (
Mandate For Change
)
 
There are a number of startling numbers and statistics in the world and its historythat impact populations in the exact same manner of disbelief and horrified awe, only afew will be listed here. Nine out of ten people in the Hiroshima blast were killed withinhalf a mile of the impact area. 70,000 people died in the initial blast and 200,000 totaldeaths from radiation poisoning over the course of five years. Total deaths from theNagasaki Raid, the second bombing, range to 80,000. Soldiers, women, children, theelderly faced no judgment, specifications or difference in manner of death, but insteaddied in the same horrifying fashion as citizens of the Japanese Empire, equal in death.
 
D
ecember 7, 1941 marks the first day that the United States was attacked by aforeign enemy. 2,402 men were killed and the United States declared war on Japan.The next four years 106,207 Americans died with another 248, 316 MIA or wounded inthe Pacific. The German Third Reich surrendered to the English and Soviet Union onMay 7
th
, 1945 and May 9
th
respectively. It was the close of World War II, however theconflict in the Pacific Theater between the U.S., The Chinese, Australia, and the U.K.against Japan continued. By July of 1945 the Allied forces had control of Tiam andGuam, the two islands directly below the four main islands of Japan and had thecapacity to muster soldiers and divisions capable of Siege-ing Japan at the risk of Alliedcausalities. These ,as the paragraph preceding this one, are facts. Unchanging facts of history. That the allied forces had the means prepared to do a sea-based invasion andconquering of the remaining Japanese forces. In our eagerness to end the war, we (theUnited States and our respective allies) employed a weapon that has the power todecimate an entire city in several minutes. Our actions cannot be condemned for thewar did end by the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the question that rises iswhether the ends justify the means? Can out actions be convicted if the desired result isachieved?TIME magazine interviews the Captain and Crew of the
nola Gay 
every year on the anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombings and for the last four decades whenasked, ³
D
o you regret your decision?´ the unanimous answer is yes. The photo abovethis paragraph was taken four hours after the bombing. You see the open misery andregret on the men¶s faces. Cpt. Lewis (third from the left) is openly sobbing. With theexception of Pvt. 1
st
Class Nelson (first on the left), the men share a burden on knowingthey killed an unfathomable scale of people. As enlisted they had no choice to follow
 
orders and again they respond the TIME correspondents that they were proud to havetaken part in such a dramatic mission in American History.If one was to break down the decision of whether to drop the bomb or not toextremely black and white terms its whether you value the lives of American soldiersover the lives of Enemy civilians. But that abstract cannot exist without controversy. If the decision was as simple as that than no conscious guilt would exist. But it¶s not. Thecons of the Hiroshima Bombings overweigh the pros tremendously.Prior to the Manhattan Project, the general technological consensus on warfarewas ³bigger: better´. The Germans had unveiled their latest super weapon, the Adolfkanone or Adolf Cannon was the latest attempt at a weapon of mass destruction.To give a brief idea of scale, one of its shells is roughly the size of a Sherman Tank. Asingle weapon capable of annihilating a city was, at the time, completely unheard of. Nointellectual at the time would have thought the technology possible. The revelation of the Atomic bomb would eventually lead to the Soviets aspiration to have a weapon of similar power. The destruction of Hiroshima lead to the Cold War and several decadeswhere the fear of immediate destruction was the principle thought of every American.In the Greek epic
 Anabasis
, the Army of 10,000 faces consistent persecution asthey march through Persia back to Greece only to be pardoned and recognized for their trails and losses. They are hailed as valiant heroes by bothPersians and Grecians. The valiant tenacity reflects the Americanconduct of warfare and patriotism. The American tradition of honoring our servicemen and veterans has been a massive prideand nationalist tradition. We honor the dead and MIA for their valiant service. And as Americans we prefer to reflect on pastmilitaristic operations with a proud sorrow. We would rather 

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