What comes to mind when you hear the word “bomb”? Is it the Boston Marathon tragedy? Is it the Pearl Harbor Bombing? How about the World Trade Center attack? All of these are major bombings that have happened in the U.S. Sadly, they aren’t the only ones. There have been numerous bombings that our world has survived, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t suffered from their outcomes. The devastation of war on our world is monumental. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima is an important event in history that has affected people greatly throughout the years since that tragic day.
The effects of the Hiroshima bombing on Japan were life shattering. Death counts rose as high as 80,000, just after the bomb was dropped, and 50,000 more later died of injuries, radiation contact, sicknesses, and long-term effects such as cancer and birth deficiencies("Counting Deaths"). This totaled 130,000 dead. (“The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”) “The plane dropped the bomb--known as "Little Boy"--by parachute at 8:15 in the morning, and it exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT, destroying five square miles of the city” (“The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki”). This was the power of just one bomb, the first atomic bomb ever dropped in history. The city of Hiroshima was left in ruins, with nothing left but rubble and bodies. Although the Japanese were affected tremendously, other areas were not as traumatized by the results, but they were still stunned.
“My God, what have we done?” Robert Lewis, commander of the Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima) was astounded by the impact and devastation of the bomb he had just dropped (“Counting Deaths”). And so was the rest of America. President Truman had made the perplexing decision to bomb Hiroshima with good intent. He only wanted the war to end quickly and peace to return once more to our country (Koeller). When Japan didn’t surrender after this tragedy, we bombed Nagasaki with the knowledge it would be too much for them. They now had double the devastation, and significantly fewer people and resources. Hiroshima had not yet been a target for bombs, and it was a productive city with a Navy base located there, so it was chosen as the atomic bomb’s mark (Koeller). We knew the bomb would devastate the city, but we had no idea how significantly. This bomb would forever have an impact on our world.
The Hiroshima Bombing still has an impact on our world today, believe it or not. We now take precautions with powerful weapons, and have specific regulations for the use of weapons of mass destruction ("Home » Topics » International Affairs » nuclear weapons "). We only use bombs in emergencies, and have learned their influence on war ("Home » Topics...