Was a nuclear bomb really THAT necessary? At the end, a survivor argues that his people could not even afford to eat rice everyday, so how would they be of a great threat to the Americans? An American argues that it was the Japan's own fault for not surrendering when the Americans asked them to before any of the bombings. I agree that maybe the Japanese should have agreed to surrender much earlier before all of these lives would be changed forever, but at the same time, I don't know if the nuclear bomb killing the countless number of civilians really justifies anything. The survivor tells us that the Americans just wanted a way to test out their new radioactive weapon and that they wanted to see for themselves what the effects of the radioactivity would do to humans. I think that this is true and I totally understand why Jackson said "Kill all scientists".
To date, no other nuclear bomb has been used. Never less, I know that all around the world the most powerful countries have devastating weapons of mass destruction that most likely surpasses the consequences of Hiroshima. There's enough weapons out there to wipe out the entire world. It's a very scary thought and I really don't know what the future holds. It's just wrong to me how countries will spend billions upon billions creating and researching weapons of mass destruction instead of all of the other issues that I think matter so much more.
I watched the documentary about Hiroshima on The Passionate Eye just now. I remember learning about this in I think grade 3 or 4, but at the time it didn't really strike me exactly how serious and devastating the effects of the atomic bomb was. It was heartbreaking to understand and hear the survivors tell their stories of the day the bomb was dropped. All the while I could only shake my head and question why the hell we would do this to one another. The scientists who created this bomb knew that the effects would be really bad, yet they were curious as to how drastic the effects would be. The soldiers who carried out the mission, I don't think they could be blamed a hundred percent because they didn't even know what nuclear meant, or what atomic meant. They just had to carry out orders. After Japan surrendered, they showed videos of everyone celebrating in the streets of America, and then they would cut back to Hiroshima where the entire city was in ruin and scorched corpses laid everywhere. One story that made tears well up in my eyes, was when the mother of two young girls had to leave her six year old trapped under the fallen debris. As hard as she tried to free her little girl who cried out in pain she couldn't do it and the fire was spreading. She and her husband just stayed outside of their house and had to listen to their daughter plea for their help and comfort, then die. I couldn't even imagine being put in a situation like that. The black rain that fell from the sky was also something I had not remembered learning about before. It was created from all of the smoke and ash that the explosion had created. The survivors needed water, and desperately drank the black rain that fell from the sky, but they did not know that it was very highly radioactive.