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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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americans are devils
2012-08-22 09:25:53

Rick-O, really? It's not the average joe on the street who decides to go to war, mobilises the armies and so on. It's the average person, the person on the street, who dies screaming in agony. How on earth you can say people who had no say in the war can deserve it, is ridiculous!
2012-08-07 20:43:29

@5474574578: No I don't think so, if America is ever nuked, that will probably be the end of humanity.
2012-08-05 23:32:15

Two Sides
In 1938, a 16-millimeter film made by Episcopal missionary John Magee was smuggled out of China and eventually made its way to the United States. It was shown anonymously to certain US Congressmen, US Army, and Red Cross members. The original films were found in the 1990s after being lost for more than fifty years, documenting aftermath of the atrocity. Over time, many Japanese veterans of the war stepped forth and admitted to the atrocities that took place, confirming the widespread violence.

Still feel bad?
2012-08-03 01:55:37

Two Sides
The Rape of Nanjing
13 Dec 1937-31 Jan 1938
After the Japanese sacked Nanjing, the conquering troops engaged in a six-week long orgy of violence. Depending on various sources, somewhere between 50,000 to over 300,000 Chinese, mostly civilians and prisoners of war, were killed. Deaths resulted from bayoneting, burning, crushing by tanks, burying, and decapitation were common. Even worse were those who bled to death by after being nailed to telephone poles or doors, castrated, delimbed, or disemboweled. And then there were the over 20,000 cases of rapes, victims of which crime ranged from girls under 10 years of age to over 80 years of age; many of those who were raped, itself a grotesque crime, were further tortured by the Japanese troops by impalement of their vaginas with everything from beer bottles to bayonets. Few but not unseen atrocities were committed by the most sadistic, who tore out fetuses from pregnant women with bayonets and forced sons to rape their mothers.
2012-08-03 01:54:11

2012-07-30 04:36:54

Let us pray for our future generations.

2012-07-29 16:42:49

forgot hiroshima
2012-07-29 16:39:45

They should have thought about how hot it could get before they bombed pearl harbor. In Rick-Os little book of demented thoughts, they deserved what they got. To bad Harry S Truman wasn't president in 2001, id like to see Iraq and Afghanistan look all chared and burned.
2012-07-29 14:11:05

Think about like this. Hiroshima was
bombed but the war still continued and
more lives were lost. Then Nagasaki was
bombed. This killed tens of thousands of
people. On the other hand the bomb
stopped the Japanese from heading
towards Australia and killing millions
of people.
2012-07-27 01:27:59

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