On this day in 1945 America dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
Three days earlier the bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima. It is believed that over 200 000 people died in the two attacks, and an unknown number were injured, as well as the immense generational impact that it was had through radiation.
World War II had ended in Europe, but the war in the Pacific still continued, and 6 days after this attack, Japan announced its surrender via live radio broadcast.
As a result of these two bombings, Japan adopted the Three Non-Nuclear Principles, banning the nuclear armament of their country.
It has been widely speculated by historians that one reason for President Truman dropping the bomb on the Japanese cities, was to show the Soviets the power that America held.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were in effect, the first acts of the Cold War.
These two days and these two cities are remembered throughout world history as extremely controversial events. In the author’s opinion, they were an unethical and unnecessary show of strength and dominance by the US – a country which since then, has acted as the world’s police on the nuclear arms front.
It is a power that they must have, but that no one else is allowed to create.