Atomic bomb

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The atomic bomb ended a war of massive death and destruction, but began an age exercising the same principles: the Atomic Age. At the time of the disasters in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bomb appeared as a promise of peace to the entire world. It had ended a costly and gruesome war, beginning a time of pacification and repose. Compared to the technology of 1945, the atomic bomb looked too powerful and unethical ever to be used again. It was seen as the weapon that would put an end to war. However as the atomic bomb ended war, it began a new age, creating new philosophies on human existence, technology and society. The destruction of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki expanded far past the damages done to the small island of Japan. It began a new age of highly destructive innovation and discoveries that shall forever alter world politics, as we know it.

As World War II expanded to grow more and more destructive in Europe, the war in the Pacific earned its own merits in the eradication of lives (Thomas 76). On December 7, 1945, the Japanese navy launched a surprise attack on Pear Harbor, Hawaii, which was the principal American naval base in the Pacific (Johnson 18). The next day, the 'sleeping giant' took action and declared war on Japan. As the war raged on, and as Germany eventually surrendered, the United States found itself essentially fighting alone against an implacable enemy in the Pacific. In an attempt to undermine the Japanese will to fight, the United States bombed most of its major cities including Tokyo which alone killed about 200,000 people in one week (Johnson 23). Without any sense of resistance from the Japanese forces, President Truman decided to take matters into his own...