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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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1st photo(Hansen's disease)
Mr.Tetsuo Sakurai(桜井哲夫)

2010-10-29 17:43:08

Reading comments written by americans makes me
just more sure about how stupid they are
2010-10-26 13:37:45

While it can be debated the use of the weapon saved
lives on both sides, it can not be debated what the
Japanese did to the Koreans... and the end of the war
stopped that atrocity.
2010-10-10 07:12:36

I love the Japanese あの日本語が好きです!!No
matter what certain people do, atomic bombs just
are too harsh for the rest of the innocent people,
who want to carry one with their lives. The
Americans did not really urge them to stand against
Germany and when they did, they cut off their oil.
Politically, Americans make the stupidest decisions
2010-10-10 02:26:25

japs obviously deserved it, they would have done it to us just like they did at pearl harbor. so fuck. bomb em
2010-10-09 21:42:19

And people, don't use the word 'Japs', it makes you all
sound uneducated, backwards and racist.
2010-10-04 11:23:23

The Japanese are not and were not a cruel people,
no people are innately cruel. It's like saying "oh, all
the Indonesians are cruel because they invaded East
Timor", or saying that "EVERY SINGLE muslim is
cruel/evil because extremists enacted one of the
most disgusting terrorist acts in history". If you're
going to say that the Japanese were evil and cruel
because the circumstances of war forced them to
be, you might as well admit that the rest of
humanity is as well, but you do not have the right to
say that the loss of thousands of Japanese CIVILIAN
lives isn't much worth compared to the loss of life
of Allied soldiers. Each life is equal, no matter what
side you're on.
2010-10-04 11:23:07

People lose sense of what's right and wrong in war
- examples include the cutting off of Japanese
soldiers' ears after they've been killed and hung
around Allied soldiers' necks on a necklace or the
cutting off of Japanese heads and sending them
back to the US and around the world (as it was not
an isolated practice) as trophies.
2010-10-04 11:22:53

On top of this, warfare during the Pacific War
involved having to kill or be killed, and this was a
logic also adopted by the US (see John Hersey), and
so you can't say that the Japanese were cruel
fighters. And the cruelty experienced by Allied
POWs also cannot be attributed to the 'national
character' of the Japanese because war fucks
people up.
2010-10-04 11:22:36

And to Cyborg, you obviously don't read enough
academia or do any social sciences, or basic
biological sciences if you believe that the Japanese
'bred' evil. 'Evil' is not an innate quality, and the
cruelty of Japanese soldiers on the front line who
feared the shaming of their families or
imprisonment should they be sent back as POWs
CANNOT and SHOULD NOT be seen as apart of the
national character.
2010-10-04 11:22:11

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