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Hiroshima Tragedy or Necessity The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was completely unjustified as a means to end the war with Japan The impact of conventional bombing of the Japanese homeland had completely destroyed Japans infrastructure industry and demoralized the populist Furthermore Japans significant military losses in its Pacific Rim islands demonstrated that Japan had lost its ability to effectively fight or continue the war Stokesbury A Short History Of World War II 372-375 However the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan was not made based on Americas desire to win the war quickly but on a desire to show Russia that America possessed the ability to destroy it Lyons The Russian Version of the Second World War 86 The goal of Americas use of the atomic bomb was not a means to end a current war but a tool to prevent another shooting war the result was the start of a non-shooting war the cold-war The Atomic Bomb An atomic bomb is a bomb in which the splitting of atomic nuclei results in an explosion of tremendous force and heat accompanied by a blinding light The destructive force of an atomic bomb is due to nearly instantaneous and uncontrolled successive fissions of uranium or plutonium atoms in a chain reaction each fission releasing tremendous energy and also neutrons which produce the succeeding fission Websters New Collegiate Dictionary 71 In 1939 after the German scientists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman discovered nuclear fission just before the beginning of World War II Albert Einstein wrote to then President Franklin D Roosevelt In his letter Einstein told President Roosevelt of efforts in Nazi Germany to use nuclear fission to create a bomb of enormous power It was shortly thereafter that the United States Government began the serious undertaking known as the Manhattan Project The official name of the agency that produced the bomb was the Corps of Engineers Manhattan Engineer
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