Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The event that changed everything

It was a normal day in Hiroshima 65 years ago. Life was as normal as it could be during a war. Then at this exact time 65 years ago, August 6, 1945 at 8:16 AM, life changed for hundreds of thousands of people, soldiers and civilians, allies and enemies. The Enola Gay flew over the city and dropped a atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy.” A flash of light and then a mushroom cloud enveloped the city, instantly killing hundreds of thousands people. The moments after “Little Boy” exploded were absolutely horrible. Almost all buildings, especially the numerous wooden buildings, were destroyed. There were also fires throughout the city. Moments later, it started raining black rain. In some places, you could see permanent shadows of people, animals, and other things that once existed seconds earlier. Many people that were still alive sustained major injuries.  Three days later, the B-29 Bockscar flew over the city of Kokura. Due to cloud cover, it then flew to Nagasaki and dropped “Fat Man.” At 11:01 AM, it exploded near Urakami Cathedral, a Catholic church that was scene to persecutions of Christians in the past, instantly killing tens of thousands of people. The damage was less devastating, but the scene was still bad. Some people that experienced Hiroshima and left for Nagasaki unfortunately witnessed the same horrific scene that they saw days earlier. Throughout the years after those horrific events, many people continued to die due to the radiation effects from the atomic bombs. Babies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors formed defects due to mutations caused by the radiation from the bombs. Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, known as hibakusha, were discriminated against because people were afraid of what would happen to them if they associated with them.

I believe that the use of those atomic bombs were unnecessary. I know that there are going to be friends yelling at me for saying that. However, this is something that will not change. I believe that attacking civilians is never the right thing to do. I will continue believing that, but I also understand the reasoning for the use of these bombs. The US was tired of losing countless soldiers from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima. At the time, they believed that there were only two options to finishing the Pacific War: using the atomic bombs or actually invading the mainland. If they had to invade the mainland, even more soldiers would have been lost.If those were the only two options in the table, you would want to choose the option that affected you the least.

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have already happened. There is nothing that anyone can do to change that. However, what we could do is remember what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and make sure that what happened there never happens again. I vehemently believe in anti-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Why do countries continue to hold nuclear weapons? It’s because they are afraid that by getting rid of nuclear weapons, they become more at risk by those countries holding nuclear weapons. By holding nuclear weapons, they can deter other countries from using nuclear weapons on them. However, I believe that is not the case. I believe that by holding nuclear weapons, we are getting other countries worried, causing them create nuclear weapons. The use of the nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki not only devastated Japan, it started nuclear race that happened throughout the Cold War. I believe the only way to stop more countries from building nuclear weapons is by getting rid of nuclear weapons, giving every other country a reason to get rid of their weapons. This will not end all the conflicts we see today or those conflicts that will occur in the future, but it will make this world a much better place to live.

Please remember the people that lost their lives 65 years ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. May what happened those two days in August of 1945 never happen again.

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