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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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all is fair in love in war

several million on both sides would just be the invasion
winning the war on the mainland would be much worse
far more civilian deaths would have occured
2011-11-14 22:01:46

none of yo business
Killing soldiers is one thing but harming civillians is unacceptable and anyone who does such a thing should be executed
2011-11-13 23:22:15

P51 Rick
Projected U.S. servicemember casualties for an actual land invasion of the home islands of Japan were at 2 MILLION. It was estimated that at least that many Japanese would be killed as well. The decision to drop both bombs was a sound military approach to the matter; any commander's job is to look after their men, not inflict more casualties than is necessary. An estimated 83,000 dead Japanese is certainly better than millions more dead. The same idiots who never served their country are calling America a "terrorist" country; if you had the courage to serve your country would you have wanted to invade Japan proper? Grow up and think rationally...
2011-11-13 13:46:03

2011-11-12 07:11:05

I would understand attack millitary bases, but that location was heavily populated with civilians. It wasn't war at that piont it was an experiment, and a presentation of power to the world. The US before the bombing delibritly didn't bomb these cities because they wanted to see the full extent of their creation's power.
2011-11-09 02:36:45

this is on of bad behavior of america
2011-11-07 09:24:18

Abdullah Ashraf
it iz very sad to hear
but isad that us is real terrorist
2011-11-02 05:52:26

Total war....its a bitch. Any sorrow I may have for the japanese is tempered by the brutality they inflicted everywhere they went. If it shortened the war and prevented a land invasion, thus preventing loss of life perhaps it was good thing. Unlike germany, the japanese still whitewash thier crimes, and the current generation has little idea of the brutally the japanese inflicted... saipan was a good lesson on what the US military might have faced in a land war. Hundreds of civilians threw themselves to thier death to evade capture......
2011-10-30 03:37:22

how can one have the heart to drop a nuke on a civilian area.... and then claim to be the world leading peacekeeper... i am niether japanese nor american.. never went there too... but i feel such hatered for those involved in this... and still they have thier nukes.. claiming that they are SAFE... oh I have no words
2011-10-21 12:43:54

The U.S could have just tryed to bomb the area around Shuri castle and won their part of the war just like that, and have fewer japanese an american deaths.
2011-10-11 08:21:10

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