Was the Bomb Acceptable or Not?

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Friday, November 13, 2015

An Opinion in Favor of the Atomic Bomb

Only twice in current world history has the use of an atomic bomb been used in wartime. Both of those times happened within a few days of each other and both attacks were delivered by the United States against Japan. Many people believe the use of the atomic bomb to end WWII was the better of two options the United States had. The first option that the United States felt they had was to form a massive invasion. Both the United States and the United Kingdom started to prepare their armies for invasion. After the war journalists got to “interrogate” a well-informed Japanese officer. “It would have been a very desperate fight, but I do not think we could have stopped you,” (Compton) stated the officer. “We would have kept on fighting until all Japanese were killed, but we would not have been defeated,” (Compton) said the officer. Plan two was to pick to cities in Japan that hadn’t been bombed and they would have the newly developed atomic bombs dropped on them. The Little Boy and Fat man atomic bombs each held the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT. The United States figured that it would save more lives if they went with the second plan over the first plan. It is commonly believed today, 70 years later, that if the United States had invaded Japan the death toll for both sides would have been catastrophic. Given the beliefs and culture of the Japanese people during WWII a land invasion would have led to a long ground battle with a huge death toll. For this reason the use of the atomic bomb actually spared many lives.


By: Kyle Pearson

An Opinon Against the Atomic Bomb

In the novel by John Hersey many people are influenced by the bomb, not only their military forces which were a big problem for America but innocent lives were lost. They were lost just because of the military and governments mistakes. The novel states that “...78,150 people had been killed , 13,983 were missing (presumed dead), and 37,425 had been injured.” (Hersey 81). Imagine how many of those people were family members to survivors. If you put yourself in their shoes imagine if you survived. What if Japan bombed the U.S.? You would either have lost someone close to you or you would’ve been so injured you might not even be able to walk anymore. You would also get something called a keloid tumor. “...hideously ugly, thick, itchy, rubbery, copper-red crab-like growths that often formed over bad burns that hibakusha (Bomb affected people) had suffered, and particularly those victims who had been exposed to the great heat of the bomb within two kilometers of the hypocenter” (Hersey 102). There were lots of innocent survivors that didn’t deserve what they got. The way the choose the city of Hiroshima was also unreasonable. They found that Hiroshima was one of cites that had an important military base. So the U.S. decided to test the effects of atomic bombs on a city with a high population of innocent lives, just to destroy the base. I will admit that some of the corrupt Japanese government should’ve deserved to be put out of power, but no one should have to go through the effects of radiation poisoning.


By: Ben Fast

In the Wrong Place Twice in his Life

Tsutomu Yamaguchi is one of the few people to survive both atomic bomb blasts. Yamaguchi had traveled to Hiroshima to take care of some business before heading back to his home in Nagasaki. He said that it was a nice calm and beautiful day outside when he heard one of the B-29 bomber planes overhead. Yamaguchi remembers seeing two parachutes come out of the plane and then a flash of bright light followed by extreme heat. When Yamaguchi came to, he realized that his back was badly burned and he had no hair on his body. Not knowing what had happened, he originally thought that the sun had crashed into the Earth. That night, Yamaguchi stayed in a local air raid shelter and set out for his home in Nagasaki the next morning. During his trip home, Yamaguchi had to swim through tons of naked bodies floating face down in the rivers, since most of the bridges were out.


When Yamaguchi arrived home in Nagasaki, he went straight back to work and started telling his supervisor what had happened in Hiroshima. Not believing Yamaguchi, his supervisor told him that he was crazy. Within moments, the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. However, this time Yamaguchi was not injuries further. Again by a chance Tsutomu Yamaguchi had avoided death. However, Yamaguchi was exposed to a second round of radiation which led to health issues in his later life and he died in 2010 at the age of 93.


By: Kyle Pearson

Hiroshima Book Review

The Novel Hiroshima by John Hersey takes you on a gruesome ride from the “Little Boy” being dropped on Hiroshima to the “Fat man” being dropped in Nagasaki. The book goes back and forth through 6 survivor stories. Each survivor has just a tiny difference that helped them survive the bombing, whether it was where they stood or why they were up that morning. Every slight difference helped on their journey. This book’s viewpoint is very much against the bomb being dropped as you can imagine. It goes into deep detail of how each Character survives and how they persevere through the atomic bomb. Some happenings could have been considered luck, but some might have been said to be “divine intervention”. All the same they made it out alive.


By: Ben Fast

Citations

Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1946. Print.

Truman, Harry S. "President Truman Announces That an Atomic Bomb Has Been Dropped on Japan." In Our Own Words. Ed. Robert Torricelli and Andrew Carroll. New York: Washington Square Press, 1999. 147-49. Print.

Compton, Karl T. "If the Atomic Bomb Had Not Been Used." Atlantic Dec. 1946. Web. 10 Nov. 2015.


Croucher, Shane. "Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Meet Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Survivor of Both Atomic Bombs." Ibtimes. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/hiroshima-nagasaki-meet-tsutomu-yamaguchi-survivor-both-atomic-bombs-1512263>.