Hiroshima Persuasive Essay

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J. Robert Oppenheimer once said “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky that would be like the splendour of the Mighty One… I am become death, the shatterer of worlds.” This is quoted from Bhagavad Gita and that is a Hindu scripture. He is known as the creator of the atomic bomb in World War II and quoted this after seeing the atomic bomb for the first time in the control room. Pearl Harbor also had a bomb dropped on a ship but it wasn’t nearly as dangerous as the one in Hiroshima. What is Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima? More importantly, what caused these attacks? Located in Hawaii, this was a military strike by Japan against our nation's naval base that was unanticipated by the United States Army. Japan’s aircrafts…show more content…
Almost four years after Pearl Harbor, on August 6, 1945 there were nuclear weapons dropped on Hiroshima because the U.S. had a great deal of tension with Japan for decades. President Harry S. Truman had a plan called the Potsdam Declaration that agreed to peace terms and more importantly to end the war. I believe this was the right thing to do because we were giving Japan a chance to surrender unlike what they did to Pearl Harbor. This was announced less than two weeks before the “Little Boy”was dropped on Hiroshima, so all of these deaths could have been avoided. Little Boy was a codename for the uranium atomic bomb. However, Tenno Hirohito, the Emperor of Japan, during World War II would not agree to those circumstances. Truman then authorized the use of the atomic bomb, which was made to save American troops because military advisers stated that around half a million soldiers lives were at risk if they were sent overseas (“The Bombings of Hiroshima” n.p.). Around one-hundred and forty thousand civilians died over time from the effects of the atomic bomb and almost seventy percent of the buildings were destroyed. Only five buildings didn’t need major repairs even though their buildings are more stable than ones in America for earthquakes regulations (Hersey 81). Just imagine what people were going through, some people were disintegrated, others lost limbs, and then after the bombing the distress wasn’t over, people then died of radiation sickness. The
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