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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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T.L.
If you think that the bombs didn't save millions of lives, you're and IDIOT !!
2012-12-07 19:03:26

ジョニーバプテストカート
非常に奇妙なね、我々は第二次世界 戦の最後の最後で
爆弾がここに落ちたことを知ってい す。
2012-12-06 00:05:48

Jonathan Gould
Who knows what the perfect answer is "EVERYONES"
concerns, some mentioned here. We will always agree
to disagree on such such emotional, pivotal and
massive alarming issues like this! War is bitter, peace
is bitter, life even more so. "Good luck to us all".
2012-11-20 08:51:04

filiz
ı m sorry too for japan.bu insanlık dışı
2012-11-06 21:40:15

From Japan
Men of the upper image is a leprosy patient, not the victims of the atomic bomb.
2012-10-27 08:15:53

James
I concur that the loss of life was a
tragedy. It should be a timeless
example of what can result when a despot
commits an unprovoked act of aggression
against the US. The suffering of all of
these people was a tragedy that did not
need to occur. It is another example why
so few armed conflicts occur between
nations governed by their populace and
not a tyrant. The loss of life incurred
by the men called to defend their
country against the axis powers was a
terrible price to pay to battle those
attempting to establish an evil empire
circling the globe. If the abuse and
torture suffered by the Chinese and
American prisoners at the hands of the
Japanese combat troops was any example
of the atrocities that would have been
suffered had the Japanese won the war
this loss of life was small in
comparison to that they would have
ultimately inflicted on the conquered
and were ultimately at their mercy.
2012-10-21 11:07:37

MakeWarNotLove
Let's all just bomb the living hell out of
everybody that poses a potential threat to
the world. That'll solve everything.
2012-10-09 17:50:37

Renegade0894
Please allow me to reiterate my previous comment. I forgot to take into consideration how difficult it is, for any non-sociopathic human being, to gather anything from the aforementioned numbers other than disgust and hatred toward violence as a whole. With that in mind, my question of "wouldn't you do the same?" must be rephrased on a smaller scale.... So here is another way to look at the "nuclear resolution"..... The ratio of 140,000:70,000,000 is proportionally equivalent to the ratio of 1:500. If you had to sacrifice 1 person to prevent the deaths of another 500, wouldn't you do the same?
2012-10-06 08:07:23

Renegade0894
I side with Nicole as an idealist, but as a realist I have to acknowledge the bittersweet reality of the nuclear weapons used on Japan. The fact is..over 70,000,000 people died by the end of World War II, and that number was climbing fast before the war finally ended. 140,000 were killed by the 2 bombs that ultimately stopped the war... It's sad to think about it like this.. but if you had to sacrifice 140 thousand lives in order to prevent the deaths of another 70 million, wouldn't you do the same?
2012-10-06 07:29:52

Nicole
@ Get Facts Please: No bomb saves lives! And people with common sense, compassion and conciousness don't start wars.
Because it is not only useless, but also because there are other ways. Other ways to make war?? No! Other ways to LIVE. So, get real, please.
No comments further on.
2012-10-01 17:31:23

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