My Opinion on the Use of Atomic Weapons on Japan

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My Opinion on the Use of Atomic Weapons on Japan

The only use of atomic weapons on a city was in 1945 when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on two Japanese cities. The first city, Hiroshima, was hit on August 6, 1945. The second city, Nagasaki, was bombed on August 9, 1945. The use of these atomic weapons caused inconceivable destruction. I do not believe that atomic weapons are the way to solve conflicts.

The primary reason that I do not agree with the use of atomic weapons is because of the effect that they have on people and their habitats. When the bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki over 140,000 innocent Japanese civilians perished instantly. The buildings near the blast either collapsed or were transformed into an inferno. The ceilings of many buildings buckled, trapping and killing many inside. Numerous people who were near the blast acquired fatal burns.

Many others attained severe burns and lost their eyesight due to the blinding light from the explosion.

Innocent people's lives were turned upside down. Those that survived the initial blast found their towns and homes in shambles. As soon as they attended to their own injuries they began to worry about the fate of their relatives. The majority of families lost at least one family member. If that is all they lost then they were lucky.

The dropping of the atomic bomb caused more than physical injuries. Numerous individuals in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were out of work. One of the only professions in high demand was doctors. The hospitals were swamped. Many places went without electricity. Children ceased going to school. Most people just wanted a semblance of order to be returned. They also wanted answers. No one could fathom what could cause such extensive damage.

Eventually the...