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How to end a war.

August 6, 2010

On August 6th 1945, the United States deployed the first of the two most advanced and individually destructive single pieces of ordnance ever used in anger in the history of the world.

At 8:15 local time the atomic bomb named “Little Boy”, a gun type atomic bomb was released from the bomb bay of the B29 Enola Gay 32,000 feet above the city of Hiroshima Japan, 43 seconds later an explosive charge inside the bomb fired a uranium 235 bullet into a target cylinder triggering an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction 2,000 feet above the city center.

The air 600 feet in all directions of the bomb was instantly heated to over 7000 degrees Fahrenheit, completely incinerating every single flammable object across a 1200 foot swath of Hiroshima. The blast wave killed people and destroyed buildings throughout a two mile diameter area surrounding the explosion. Roughly 80,000 people died instantly, with an unknown further number succumbing to effects of radiation poisoning in the next months.

Three days later the slightly more powerful fat man, an implosion device was dropped over the Imperial city of Nagasaki, with similar effects.

8 days after the bombing of Hiroshima Emperor Hirohito unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, citing the atomic bombs specifically in his speech as the main impetus for his nation’s surrender. This avoided the seemingly inevitable invasion of mainland Japan, the death of a probable 500,000 – 1,000,000 American fighting men and the probable total annihilation of the Japanese people.

The bombs catapulted the United States to its current status as the most powerful nation the world has ever known. With a simple press of a button, any city, any outpost can simply cease to exist, reduced to its elemental components by the force of the atom.

Since World War 2 not a single nuclear device of any yield has been deployed by any nation against human targets.

The use of the atomic bombs demonstrated to the world the power of American ingenuity and showcased our strength. I thank God that President Truman had the will to drop those bombs, saving lives and elevating our nation. Of course it was a different time, people understood that in war, you killed your enemy and those who supported him, just as many of them as you could find, in as big of numbers and you could manage. It helped make our nation great for the remainder of the 20th century, and we still ride the waves of the greatness of that age today, though they seem to finally be petering out. Some day we will have another generation of people who understand how to deal with the enemies of the United States, or we will fall.

Happy Atomic Bomb Day Everyone!

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