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Pros and Cons of the Atomic Bomb

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Pros and Cons of the Atomic Bomb
Pros
Quickly weakened the Japanese
Quickly ends the War
Prevented American casualties
Proved the horror of the atomic bomb
Cons
Emits high levels of radiation
Killed many innocent people
Unforeseen medical effects
Japan was ready to surrender anyways
Prevented joint occupation of Japan with the Soviet Union
The civilians were armed and taught to fight
Crushed the morale of the Japanese with a single bomb
~Unbroken
"The Naoetsu POWs knew that something big had happened. The guards paced around with stricken faces. Civilians walked past the camp, eyes dazed, hands in fists."
By: John Beldin, Casey Gara, and Tristan Vance
Cons
The development of the atomic bomb cost $2 billion
Hiroshima and Nagasaki had minimal military occupation
Lead to the Cold War

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Adults:
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
0 Gy: 17.6% .01-.99 Gy: 36.5% 1Gy or more: 29.8%
Prenatal:
Impaired Growth
Small Head: <18 weeks as radiation dose increased
Mental Retardation
8-15 weeks: 50%
16-25 weeks: 20%
Health Effects
Mental Health
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Not closely observed in survivors
Not thought about
Neurosis (OCD, phobias)
Twice as likely to exhibit signs of anxiety and somatization symptoms
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Works Cited
51g. The Decision to Drop the Bomb." The Decision to Drop the Bomb [ushistory.org]. U.S. History, n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2013.
Dietrich, Bill. "Seattle Times Trinity Web: Dropping the Bomb." Seattle Times Trinity Web: Dropping the Bomb. Seattle Times, 1995. Web. 20 Aug. 2013.
Kanazawa, Satoshi. "The Scientific Fundamentalist." Dropping Atomic Bombs on Japan Was an Act of Utmost Compassion. Psychology Today, 21 Aug. 2008. Web. 20 Aug. 2013.
"Lessons from Nagasaki." Lessons from Nagasaki. Dartmouth, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2013.
Tran, Jonathan. "Health Effects of Atomic Bomb Radiation, an Examination of Nagasaki and Hiroshima." Health Effects of Atomic Bomb Radiation, an Examination of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Stanford, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2013.
Yamazaki, James N. "Children of the Atomic Bomb." Children of the Atomic Bomb. UCLA Asian American Studies Center, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2013.
Yao, Dana. "Psychological Fallout of Atomic Bomb in Nagasaki." Psychological Fallout of Atomic Bomb in Nagasaki. Stanford, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2013.
Pros
Conclusion
Based upon our facts and the novel "Unbroken," the atomic bomb was a very effective means of ending the war with Japan. Though the aftermath for the surviving civilians and the country as a whole brought with it devastating medical effects, the bomb was able to most importantly demolish the morale of the Japanese and show them that they were fighting a battle which they could not win.
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