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Effects of the WWII Atomic Bombs When the atomic bomb went off over Hiroshima on Aug 6th 1945 70000 lives were ended in a flash To the American people who were weary from the long and brutal war such a drastic measure seemed a necessary even righteous way to end the madness that was World War II However the madness had just begun That August morning was the day that heralded the dawn of the nuclear age and with it came more than just the loss of lives According to Archibald MacLeish a US poet What happened at Hiroshima was not only that a scientific breakthrough had occurred and that a great part of the population of a city had been burned to death but that the problem of the relation of the triumphs of modern science to the human purposes of man had been explicitly defined The entire globe was now to live with the fear of total annihilation the fear that drove the cold war the fear that has forever changed world politics The fear is real more real today than ever for the ease at which a nuclear bomb is achieved in this day and age sparks fear in the hearts of most people on this planet According to General Douglas MacArthur We have had our last chance If we do not devise some greater and more equitable system Armageddon will be at our door The decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japanese citizens in August 1945 as a means to bring the long Pacific war to an end was justified-militarily politically and morally The goal of waging war is victory with minimum losses on ones own side and if possible on the enemys side No one disputes the fact that the Japanese military was prepared to fight to the last man to defend the home islands and
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