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Dropping the Atomic Bomb

On the early morning of December 7, 1941, the Japanese without any formal warning attacked Pearl Harbor. It was an American port in the Pacific, which sheltered most of America’s pacific naval power. The Japanese had an idea that a war could be won by attacking the enemy before actually declaring war. Many unsuspecting military personnel and their families were killed on that morning. The name Pearl Harbor is a name for “Japanese quilt and shame” (“Hiroshima 1945” 3). To redeem itself on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM, America dropped “a bomb called ‘Little Boy’ weighing more than four metric tons” (Engelhardt 76) on Hiroshima, Japan, causing mass destruction. The names Hiroshima and Nagasaki are names for “American guilt and shame” (“Hiroshima 1945” 3), but for good reasons. The Japanese were being “’repaid many fold’” for attacking “without warning at Pearl Harbor…[for starving]…[beating] and [executing] American prisoner of war” Truman said (“Hiroshima: Harry Truman”). People often look to the “ashes of Hiroshima and Nagaskai” (Engelhardt 75) to find the answer to why the bomb was dropped, but “the real answers lay in thousands of graves from Pearl Harbor to Normandy and back again” (Engelhardt 76). President Truman was given no other option but to drop the atomic bomb because funds had to be justified, the Japanese were becoming ruthless, and it ended the war quickly. A large amount of money and energy went into the manufacturing of the atomic bomb or A-bomb. The A-bomb was the very latest development in the long history of destructive technology. It took the “construction of a virtual city in an American desert, two billion dollars of government funds, years of intense work by an army of scientists and technicians to create, produce, and deliver” this tremendous explosive device (Engelhardt 76). If the American people would have known that two billion dollars of the...

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