Friday, July 27, 2007
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks during World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States of America under US President Harry S. Truman. On August 6, 1945, the first choice target, Hiroshima, was having clear weather. At 8:15 a.m. (local time), the Enola Gay's door sprang open and dropped "Little Boy." The bomb exploded 1,900 feet above the city and only missed the target, the Aioi Bridge, by approximately 800 feet. Staff Sergeant George Caron, the tail gunner, described what he saw: "The mushroom cloud itself was a spectacular sight, a bubbling mass of purple-gray smoke and you could see it had a red core in it and everything was burning inside... It looked like lava or molasses covering a whole city..." The cloud is estimated to have reached a height of 40,000 feet.
Hiroshima's population has been estimated at 350,000; approximately 70,000 died immediately from the explosion and another 70,000 died from radiation within five years. A survivor described the damage to people: "The appearance of people was... well, they all had skin blackened by burns... They had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn't tell whether you were looking at them from in front or in back... They held their arms bent [forward] like this... and their skin - not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies too - hung down... If there had been only one or two such people... perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people... Many of them died along the road - I can still picture them in my mind -- like walking ghosts..."
|i like all comments........... we should kill each other it will be a great fun..amazing to bomb or bombed.|
|If you don't want to get A-bombed don't invade other countries.|
IT WAS JAPAN"S FAULT THEY DESERVED IT
| The tactic of dropping hard bombs first |
to create kindling for the napalm
creating firestorms had already
destroyed most of Japan. Given another 2
weeks it would have been genocide.
MacArthur was right.We needed those
bombs in Korea and China. What a waste
|I read some comments. I'm not american |
neither japanese. I'm not surprised that
americans tried to justify the disaster
they have made not to japan but to the
whole world. And you talk about
terriorism beacause of the death of 3500
person. you've kill more during the
history. You create the terrorism.
it was a leprosy patient
|This man name is Tetsuo Sakurai|
He is Hansen disease.
so this pic is not an atomic bomb
|Well...the main reason we dropped the bomb was |
to stop the war if we would have just bombed the
two cities the war would have continued and
countless more could have died on both sides.
Don't forget the Japanese killed about 4,000,000
military men who fought in the pacific so you
could bitch and moan about dropping the bomb.
Also don't forget about the other 25 million should
the Japanese raped and murdered all over Asia.
|That's not even considering the human suffering involved with surviving the blast and suffering through the heat burns and radiation poisoning.|
If you wanted to bomb them because they were military bases, you could just bomb the military bases, you don't need to hit the civilians as well.
Also over one million deaths during the invasion of Japan seems like a gross over estimate but if you have official estimated troop losses based on a hypothetical invasion of Japan then by all means share them.
|"Just to end the war" doesn't mean that 140,000 people had to die, more so considering Nagasaki three days later. Who knows how many people didn't support the war, how many were families that just wanted to live in peace. They wouldn't have had any say in the government, especially a wartime government. |
Compared to the 2335 servicemen and 68 civilians that died at Pearl Harbour, Little Boy was far more potent and destructive. To put it in perspective, 58 times more people died at Hiroshima. That's the equivalent of Phoenix, Arizona being wiped out in its entirety.
|By the way to you stupid people who think we |
bombed cities full of innocent people you might
wanna educate yourself before you get on the
internet saying this stuff! Nagasaki and Hiroshima
were home to the Japanese largest military bases
and were ports for war goods. We didn't bomb
these cities to kill civilians, if we wanted to kill a lot
of civilians we would have used the nuc on Tokyo
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