Have we learned any lessons from Nagasaki?
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has put together an extraordinary series of documents, Nagasaki 71 Years Later, examining the second atomic bombing of Japan by the United States, on August 9, 1945:
In many ways, Nagasaki is a more realistic – and thus alarming – case study of what a modern nuclear strike might look like. Hiroshima was considered an ideal military target: a medium-size population center that had been untouched by conventional weapons with a sizable troop concentration.
Nagasaki, on the other hand, had no major troop concentration….
If Hiroshima was bombed to prove there was a nuclear weapon, Nagasaki was bombed to prove there were more. In this way, Nagasaki encapsulates the horrifying reality of a nuclear-armed world and the false narrative of the ideal first strike.
Please take a look at this special collection of articles amassed by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists commemorating the 71st anniversary of the only atomic bombings in history. Click here.
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