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the decision to use the Atomic bombs in Japan

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Well my name is Terrence Wheaton and my topic for this project is the decision to use the Atomic Bomb. As we all probably know there where two atomic bombs dropped in World War II. Both of these where dropped in Japan. The bigger bomb was nicknamed, “Fat Man”. The other smaller bomb was nicknamed “Little Boy”. The “Fat Man” was 128 inches long weighed about 5 tons and had a yield of about 10 ½ tons. This atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki. It killed 80,000 people immediately after detonation wiping out 90% of the city. Then tens of thousands of more people died from radiation sickness. The radiation outcome was unprecedented from the scientist The “Little Boy” was 120 inches long, weighed about 4 ½ tons and had a yield of about 6 ½ tons of high explosives. This bomb had an estimated 40,000 kills. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced the unconditional surrender on August 15, 1945.

 

Many people say that the Atomic bomb’s use was completely unnecessary because Japan was already weak from other battles. Some thought that it damaged America’s great Humanitarian nation status. Others think that using the Atomic Bomb was the best thing to do in the situation that America was in and being able to end the war as soon as possible. Many other people think that Truman was intentionally aiming for the Japanese civilians. Just to show what the Atomic bombs could do and how terrifying it really was and could be. Also if one thinks about it the Soviets declaring War on Japan could have been enough to halt it and cause to give up and recede. Although this could have not only have been to stop Japan but also to intimidate the Soviet Union. I personally think that it was too rash, too much, too far for a nation already on its knees. Even the very scientists that made the bombs didn’t want it to be put to actual use. Some believed that it would spark other nations to use nuclear weapons as well. Or to cause future danger despite extinguishing the existing one for the moment. Some thought that doing this would make the U.S. too much of a powerhouse.

 

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:53 PM
Well rounded look at the use of the bomb, but what were the long term effects of using it (aside from the massive number of deaths). Remember to cite evidence and research to legitimize your thinking.
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Nuclear Threats | NTI

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The Cold War has long been ended. But new threats arise as new weapons are being made all around the world. Threats for the U.S. and Russia going into a nuclear war has decreased. However accidental and unprivileged use of nuclear weapons threatens the whole world. Iran and Syria have already violated their nuclear safeguards commitment because of regional issues. In the post-9/11 world, the potential for nuclear terrorism is also a serious threat.

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:49 PM
Great connection.
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The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources

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(Part 2)This is the Document Memorandum from Vannevar Bush and James B. Conant. First of all this was before the bombs was set off in Japan or even made. Many people worried about the political and military issues that could arise from the Manhattan Project. The Project rose many questions such as whether to tell allies about the bomb. They were afraid of having atomic competition. They were also worried about having an atomic monopoly which it seems was something they did not want. Although this memorandum was created to disprove this theory. 

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:49 PM
Need to post the memorandum to go with your analysis.
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(Part 2)This was the Atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagisaki. It was nicknamed the "Fat Man". It was 128 inches long and weighed about 5 tons. It had a yeild of 21,000 tons of high explosives. the "Fat man" and "Little Boy" were  the only 2 nuclear weapons ever used during war and they were both by the U.S. Japan finally Surrendered after this bomb was used. some people question if ending the war was Truman's true primary goal.

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Understanding the Decision to Drop the Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Center for Strategic and International Studies

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The Atomic bomb was partially to impress the soviet union.there weren't many reasons not to drop the atomic bomb so the do's outweighed the don'ts. The atomic bomb was the quickest way to end the war, rather than dragging it out with more people dying every day. The bomb remained untested until July 1945 roughfly a month before it was used in the war.

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:43 PM
Minor spelling and grammar errors.
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The Threat of Nuclear War, North Korea or the United States?

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While the Western media portrays North Korea's nuclear weapons program as a threat to Global Security, it fails to acknowledge that the US has being threatening North Korea with a nuclear attack fo...
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July 27 just last year the Koreans ended their war. I found an interesting detail in this article. While the U.S. was claiming that North Korea's Nuclear weapons were a danger to the world, we ourselves were envisaging them with our own nuclear weapons for over half a century. We supplied the South Koreans with nuclear supplies. This was so South Korea could pre-emptively attack the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. This was in violation of the July 1953 Armistice Agreement.

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:50 PM
Well done.
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The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II: A Collection of Primary Sources

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(10 Vocabulary words)

1) Disabuse - to persuade someone that an idea or belief is mistaken

2) Memorandum- a note or record made for future use

3) Controversy- disagreement, typically when prolonged, public, and heated

4) Vigorous- strong, healthy, and full of energy

5) Revisionism- a policy of revision or modification, esp. of Marxism on evolutionary socialist

6) Contribute- to give in order to help achieve or provide something

7) Unconditional-not subject to any conditions

8) Intimidate- frighten or overawe (someone)

9) Unprecedented- never done or known before

10) Regardless- without paying attention to the present situation despite the prevailing circumstances

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:49 PM
Good word choices, need you use them in a sentence as well.
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(Part 2)This was before the atomic bombs were used. It talks about how the military is considering all the possible outcomes of the usage of these nuclear weapons. They wondred if the military should keep the project secret or announce the power they behold to the world. They are afraid that using the nuclear weapons will cause other countries to retaliate in the same way. They believe that if they do this then it will give the U.S. military great power. It might bring great peace to the world for ending the war. At the same time it might do the very opposite and bring more war and terror.

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:46 PM
Good description but who is the source and audience?
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ATOMIC BOMB: DECISION (Hiroshima-Nagasaki)

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Many countries bombed their enemies civilians or not. many people thought that the atomic bombs use was unessesary.some people thought that the bombs use was a dent in the so called status as the great humanitarian nation. president Truman's diary said that the atomic bomb's use was only to hit the enemy military units and sailors. nothing of civilians.after the second bomb hit Japan they surrendered.

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:45 PM
Which document did you choose to analyze, need to focus on just one.
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The Decision to Drop the Bomb [ushistory.org]

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The Decision to Drop the Bomb
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this website taught me that the decision to drop the atomic bomb was the most important decision in President Truman's entire life. i learned that there were actually 2 atomic bombs dropped in Japan. Surprisingly more people died from the bomb's radiation rather from the instantaneous explosion. What's even more surprising to me is that the U.S. was the only nation to use A nuclear weapon on another nation.

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Erica Benson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:43 PM
Minor spelling and grammar errors.