The World War Essay

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Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Micole Caasalan
History 20
Period 1
Mr. Lepage
April 15, 2014

The horrors of a bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are unimaginable. To be able countries fight with nuclear weapons. A nuclear war has never happened, but because nuclear weapons are extremely powerful and could cause destruction throughout the world, even a small nuclear weapon has enough potential to wipe out an entire city. Nuclear bombs were first invented during World War II. They were used to bombard two cities of Japan to convince them to forfeit. Despite its ability to cause destruction, nuclear weapons have guaranteed our security for two generations. Nevertheless, it is expensive to maintain nuclear weapons in a good condition.
On 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were humiliated by two bombs that were dropped killing approximately 246,000 people. The main reason why the bomb was dropped was the US wanted to limit its own casualties by forcing Japan to surrender as quickly as possible; to surrender before the Soviet Union could enter the war to secure a stronger political position after the war. The U.S. also wanted to use the weapon in war to measure its efficiency. (Dennis, 2006)
The use of nuclear weapons would result in complete devastation and destruction, which is why the Cold War dragged on for so long. America and the USSR both realized that if either side decided to use nuclear weapons, the result would be disastrous. (WordPress, 2014) There are only minimal chances of having a nuclear war among countries, due to how devastating it would cause to earth. On the other hand, most states have nuclear weapons meaning there are possibilities that they will be used someday considering that their use is for security. There is very different political landscape today though, and it is not nuclear weapons are seen as the greatest threat, but rather terrorist cells. (Raghuvanshi, 2014)

If they were ever to be used, the outcome will affect international relations extremely. Innocent citizens would be killed and following generations would suffer from the ill effects of radiation poisoning. No national representative is likely to stand up and prevent the use of nuclear weapons, yet all are too afraid to give them up. Essentially, they are using nuclear weapons for