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There is no doubt in anyones mind that September 11th 2001 was a horrifying day in American history However it has been built up to seem much worse than it was in actuality When compared to the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 the occurrences of 911 were much less significant Although there are a few similarities between the events most of the details are greatly dissimilar First of all the circumstances of the time during which the incidents occurred were very different Also amount of damage in casualties and economic effects was much greater in Hiroshima and Nagasaki than in New York The occurrences also generated drastically different reactions Lastly the international impact of the events was very different After these points are taken into consideration it is easy to see that what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was much more devastating When the first plane crashed into World Trade Center North Tower it was a total shock No one was expecting anything like that to happen We werent at war We werent at the brink of war The country was doing well It was a time when we felt safe The United States was caught off guard and that is what made the events of September 11th so overwhelming Conversely the attacks on Japan were anything but unexpected A little less than four years earlier December 8th 1941 the United States had declared War on Japan after their attack on Pearl Harbor Since then the war in Europe had ended and the United States wanted to end it once and for all Also in that time frame they had secretly funded The Manhattan Project whose main point was to develop atomic weapons They offered Japan an ultimatum sign an unconditional surrender or face complete devastation The Japanese had until August 3rd to sign the agreement but they failed to do so On August 6th the first atomic bomb to be used
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