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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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Did'nt the japanese start the war by ransacking the east? and all its nations?
2010-11-23 13:15:33

and here i thought radiation would make chibis
2010-11-21 19:03:11

James simmons
What no one remembers is that the alternative was
going in and invading Japan. It would have taken
years and cost millions of lives. The lowest estimate
was of over 300000 deaths of american soldiers and
japanese civilians. far more than from the 2 bombs.
2010-11-21 03:57:07

nobody did deserve it but america is one of the most developed countries in the world and we havnteven been around as long as europe has so yea who is stupid now
2010-11-19 03:37:16

We nuked two civilian targets. It wasn't necessary.
Didn't we start hostilities with Japan by blockading
2010-11-05 23:18:31

Murderers steal secrets from scientists.
2010-11-01 17:35:11

I don't like war just like everyone
else. But Japanese were causing a lot of
problems in the world and someone had to
stop them. I am not saying that dropping
the bombs on them was good. But What
else can you do? Like all the muslims
may not be terrorists, but how do we
know which one is and which one isn't?
So it would be good if we can wipe them
out as well so that we have a clean
slate to start with. I mean look at the
japs now, we are good with them?
2010-11-01 01:33:35

Just look a radiation burn victim in the
eye , and tell him he deserfed it
no body deserfed this .
nobody deserfed pearl harbor
if japan had something to say to amerika
they should have bombed the president,
if amerika had a problem with japan ,,
they should have bombed their empererour
this act of war killed woman and
this was not justice
2010-10-31 21:37:38

History is Written by the Victors

2010-10-31 19:50:43

so many America hating in here

they are not experts
they are not there when ww2 began
they did not know what sacrifices had to be made
they did not know that both sides committed heinous crimes
they did not know the gravity of the situation
they assume everyone in here is Americans

BTW i think they nuked japan for faster surrender so that the soviets wont have to invade it
2010-10-31 19:50:12

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