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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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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

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

@ 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

Get Facts Please
Invading the main island of japan would have resulted in 1m American deaths and 2m Japaneese deaths. The bombs saved countless grandparents of those making comments against their own country.
2012-09-30 22:34:31

Guys I'm sorry, the 'Comment directed at Timothy' already mentioned the movie I added the link of: 'barefoot jen' it is indeed.
You are 11 years?
I'm so sorry you have seen this..
Now you know how wrong adults sometimes are.. I'm ashamed for that. I hope that you always stand to your truth and keep your purity and be proud of yourself and let no one ever tell you what you should think or do.
Bye sweet kid, love ya
2012-09-28 17:10:52

For some reason I suddenly heard the song in my head, Hiroshima by Sandra. I was a child when this song of her came out.
I knew it was about the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in WW||
So I went searching on the web. What I found shocked me so badly It just cut off my breath and after watching a movie on Youtube I whispered 'I'm sorry'.. I'm no American, and as a matter of fact it doesn't matter. I felt sorry for the innocent people and animals (people always forget the animals! Why?? They where there too, you know!!)To be honest it changed my perception of human beings completely, and of life in totality.
Sometimes I feel ashamed that I'm a human. I wish the whole world would live on compassion!!!!! I think everyone should see this movie on youtube: =channel&list=UL
Your lives will never be the same..
In memoriam.
2012-09-28 17:00:52

Holey cow,look at that old man, he lost an
eye, poor guy!>< RIP people who died from
the Atomic Bomb~
2012-09-28 12:14:34

what comes around goes around i guess
every thing happens for a reason and
terror eventually get fought with terror
2012-09-25 07:47:41

Comment directed at Timothy
I agree, but you cant watch movies and understand cos i bet thats a american movie trying to make the japanese look bad to justify wat they did. but on the other hand wat japan did was wrong but wateva they did they did not deserve wat happened to them. Just watch the film barefoot jen its horrific. the mom is burned all over and is wrapped up like a mummy. imagine that knowing that you hav 2 breathe 2 live but if you breathe you want to die, but you still have a son thats alive and needs you, but wat can you do but die? then you see some women trapped under a burning wooden frame screaming, burning with you standing, watching . but wat can you do, youre only 6. think about it. nobody eva deserves that not even the devil. ya know i was five wen i watched that movie but now im 11. and those two scenes stuck and remember them like i was there so dont tell me they deserved that. and i neva even finished the movie cos i only got up to 30mins b4 i couldnt take it.
2012-09-17 20:30:01

OnlyPerson with sense
THE AMERICANS ARE GAY PRICKS AND ARE COWARDS TO. cos if they were brave and 'not afraid' they wouldnt need a big weapon 2 hide behind but NO theyre pricks. so all of them can go suck themselves asswipes. they disgust me. dicks.
2012-09-17 20:12:57

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