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..."
|You have to know why we decided to bomb them |
to make them surrender instead of invade.First off
Harry truman became president because fdr died,
at first Truman wanted to invade but he was
unaware of the manhatten project bc he was vp at
the time. He was informed when he became
president so he changed his mind. In 1945 there
were 2 million japanese troops on mainland japan,
I will remind you that the japanese were tought to
commite suicide before surrendering, so the
invasion would have cost atleast 1.5 million u.s
.troops. (Estimated by the casualty ratio in other
pacific battles) Truman decided to drop the bombs
so he could save americans lives
|Most people hit by the bomb in Hiroshima were |
innocent. America dropped those bombs because
Japan would not surrender and if we had not done
what we did Japan may have overwhelmed us. And
here is a question for all people: If Japan had a
nuclear war-head what would they have done with it?
Please email what you think.
|The victims of the atomic bombings on |
Japan were not all guilty of crime nor
are all the people of America
accountable for the crime that is the
atomic bomb. The bombings are a terrible
tragedy not only for Japan as a country
but for the entire human race that
created such a monstrosity in the first
place. The atomic bomb is a piece of
technology that should never have come
How many lives have been lost in the
name of war? How many Fathers? Mothers?
Brothers? Sisters? Spouses? Lovers?
Friends? How many victims has war waged
by mankind on mankind claimed and how
many more are yet to be claimed, and
still this world refuses to yield.
Humans have fought for centuries over
land, power, honour, religion, but when
will we put the arms down and open our
arms, when will we sincerely embrace one
another and start fighting for what
really matters, when will we start
fighting for life?
|I agree with Kevin. Ryan, there were |
other options, but the atomic bomb on
Hiroshima was because Truman wanted to
experiment with his "little" toy. I
didn't see any military based bombed,
instead they choose a city with many
innocent lives. This could be a war
crime but since the U.S "won", no one
gave a damn.
|Ryan, you are an absolute moron.|
|it's very sad and hurt that the people in |
this world are communicated with each
other by these way
|Where will be the next place the warcrime state Nr 1- USA will dropp some Nukes ?|
Iran, North Korea, China or ....we dont know that but the US is governed by completly crazy out of control people and that makes me pessimistic
|"War is Hell," stated General W.T. |
Sherman when describing the U.S. Civil
War. The reality of war is a never
ending game of besting the enemy by
creating a better weapon than he can
bring to battle. This simple truth
translates into a weapon that destroys
both more property and people than the
enemy is capable of. The atomic bomb
fits This dismal arithmetic of war. They
gave up; we won! This is the truth; can
you handle it? Delve into Japan's
brutally sadistic treatment of soldiers
and civilians and get a different view
of the Japan and the need of the bomb.
of that time.
Look up "The Rape of Nanking, Unit 731,
Hell Ships, the Burma railroad, POW
camps, and the infamous Battaan Death
March. Knowing of just these atrocities,
I harbor neither guilt nor shame in
using the A bomb on an enemy guilty of
such inhumanity. War is Hell; so is
|It's really easy to condemn the bombings so many decades later and so many generations removed from what actually happened back then. |
Japan was given ample opportunity to surrender; they declined. The Japanese could have prevented their own extermination by simply surrendering, they did not, and the rest is history.
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