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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 history that impact populations in the exact same manner of disbelief and horrified awe, only a few will be listed here. Nine out of ten people in the Hiroshima blast were killed within half a mile of the impact area. 70,000 people died in the initial blast and 200,000 total deaths from radiation poisoning over the course of five years. Total deaths from the Nagasaki Raid, the second bombing, range to 80,000. Soldiers, women, children, the elderly faced no judgment, specifications or difference in manner of death, but instead died in the same horrifying fashion as citizens of the Japanese Empire, equal in death.

December 7, 1941 marks the first day that the United States was attacked by a foreign 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 in the Pacific. The German Third Reich surrendered to the English and Soviet Union on May 7th, 1945 and May 9th respectively. It was the close of World War II, however the conflict 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 and Guam, the two islands directly below the four main islands of Japan and had the capacity to muster soldiers and divisions capable of Siege-ing Japan at the risk of Allied causalities. 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 and conquering of the remaining Japanese forces. In our eagerness to end the war, we (the United States and our respective allies) employed a weapon that has the power to decimate an entire city in several minutes. Our actions cannot be condemned for the war did end by the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the question that rises is whether the ends justify the means? Can out actions be convicted if the desired result is achieved? TIME magazine interviews the Captain and Crew of the Enola Gay every year on the anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombings and for the last four decades when asked, ³Do you regret your decision?´ the unanimous answer is yes. The photo above this paragraph was taken four hours after the bombing. You see the open misery and regret on the men¶s faces. Cpt. Lewis (third from the left) is openly sobbing. With the exception of Pvt. 1st Class Nelson (first on the left), the men share a burden on knowing they 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 have taken 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 to extremely black and white terms its whether you value the lives of American soldiers over 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. The cons of the Hiroshima Bombings overweigh the pros tremendously. Prior to the Manhattan Project, the general technological consensus on warfare was 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. A

single weapon capable of annihilating a city was, at the time, completely unheard of. No intellectual 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 decades where 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 as they march through Persia back to Greece only to be pardoned and recognized for their trails and losses. They are hailed as valiant heroes by both Persians and Grecians. The valiant tenacity reflects the American conduct of warfare and patriotism. The American tradition of honoring our servicemen and veterans has been a massive pride and nationalist tradition. We honor the dead and MIA for their valiant service. And as Americans we prefer to reflect on past militaristic operations with a proud sorrow. We would rather

remember noble sacrifices for a greater cause, than mindless slaughter for the same cause. The genocide of Hiroshima was just that. An execution. The preference would be a list of names of soldiers who recognized their duty and gave the ultimate sacrifice in an invasion of our enemy¶s home land, and the war won by the efforts of the American Armed forces. It¶s not the merit of human life, but the merit of nobility and the American tradition of honorable warfare. The Hiroshima bombing was an act of desperation that did lead to the end of WWII but jeopardized too much.

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