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Friday, July 27, 2007

WarWWII → Victim of atomic bombing of Hiroshima

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.

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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..."

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The only reason these bombs happened was because the other option would have been an invasion of Japan itself, costing another million lives- on the US side only. Maybe if the Japanese had been less prideful and militaristic this wouldn't be in the history books.
2013-05-27 16:02:16

I understand this all horrible and stuff. What a tragedy. Oh well, we can just throw away the Rape of Nanking, and some other 15 MILLION Chinese people killed in the war.
2013-05-27 15:56:49

Well, the bomb was dropped on accident. Japan surrendered before the explosion, but the translator who translated the surrender note made a mistake. If they had a better translator none of this would've happened.
2013-05-26 18:14:26

Do you guys sincerely think America
dropped that bomb just for fun? They had a
pretty damn good reason.
2013-05-24 00:48:52

In a thousand years, humanity will realize what the US Policy has made terrible.
2013-05-22 19:53:49

Innocent people that have families, friends that love them all the same. And to lose a piece of that, to lose a peace of your heart, is tragic. And as for Bailey, I myself am American and I truly am ashamed of what this country has become (or what it was). This country has killed so many innocent civilians it's disgusting. Not only are they adults, but they're parents, cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, some are even children that are supposed to live and grow but instead died without a cause. And it's not just the U.S., it's many other countries too.
2013-05-20 21:41:26

jhardy01 describing Asians as "yellow skinned" is extremely rude. That also has nothing to do with this disastrous situation. It's sadist to wish for an entire ocuntry to have died from this tragic bombing. And yes- it was also wrong for Japan to bomb Hawaii, but in general this is stupid. Countries are wasting their time killing innocent people who have no say in what bullet gets to be shot from what gun. I feel like leaders should solve their problems by themselves instead of risking the civilians.It saves so much more money and time. And the U.S. has no right, nor does any other country to feel the need to destroy the lives of innocent people.
2013-05-20 21:41:14

hpc is gay
your a pussy hpc i dont understand why you spend your time smoking crak
2013-05-13 22:37:16

jhardy01 might want to shut his fucking
face, and know I have already tracked his
home address through his internet IP and I
will deciding what to do next with this
2013-05-13 15:37:38

Bailey, if your so ashamed to be human, why
don't you shoot yourself. I would if I were you.
2013-05-11 09:05:07

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