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Atomic Bomb

            On August 6 and 9, 1945, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by the first atomic bombs used in warfare. The atomic bombs (Little Boy and Fat Man) dropped on Japan created a stir of controversy between those who feel the bombing was harsh and unnecessary and those who felt completely justified. Those who support the Atomic bomb decision argue that this event was responsible for the quick ending of the war since a land attack on Japan would have cost hundreds of thousands of Allied and Japanese lives, since the war would be dragged on. Furthermore, many feel that if Japan had not threatened the US by the bombing of Pearl Harbor then all carnage during this time would have been avoided. .
             Looking just at the definition of atomic bomb people can get an idea of just how destructive this creation actually is. The dictionary definition defines the atomic bomb as a very destructive bomb utilizing the energy released by splitting an atom. This concept of this bomb does not seem to difficult to master, but actually the atom bomb was probably one of the most difficult creations of the 20th century. The Manhattan Project was the code name for the making of the atomic bomb and the project was run from 1941 to 1945. At the completion of the project over $2 billion was spent on the creation of three atom bombs. (Davidson-Lytle 132) Even though the project was a success and accomplished the goals, there was still mixed reaction on whether or not to actually use a bomb of such destructive force.
             Many feel strongly that the bombings were completely uncalled for and not to mention inhuman as it unleashed horrors for years to come. Radiation from the blasts destroyed bodies cell by cell killing a countless amount of individuals. Arguments against the bombing also state that Japan was on the verge of surrendering and the blasts were completely uncalled for. The dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan was required for a quick and decisive end to World War II because American soldiers would have suffered great loss of life if they had to invade mainland Japan.

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