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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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Um, no ,it's not okay for innocent people to die because of a war. It is different when POWs are taken in. Yes, it's unfortunate but if you enlist in the military you have made the choice to risk your life for your country and this includes becoming a POW. These people were going about their daily lives, completely oblivious to what was about to befall them. Some may have been anti-American, some may have been apathetic, some could have idolized the USA. There are a lot of assholes in the United States. A lot of morons, bigots and greedy fucks and then there are genuinely kind and well-meaning people. Every country has its mixture. You cannot judge an entire population based on their government.
2009-10-03 03:47:26

"Today we are all sons of bitches." I forget which of the Manhattan Project members said that.
2009-10-02 19:56:04

Helel Ben-Shachar
I'm sorry for those who thinks this is
leprosy, but I meet this man in the
"memorial day" in Japan, Hiroshima, on
2006, he spoke about his life for a
short time with a ghost-like voice.
The grey eye is a thermal thrauma, and
the skins is burned, I'm a physician,
believe me so.
2009-09-26 03:02:04

how do these people know it isnt an A bomb victim?
2009-09-23 13:12:57

This is Leprosy.
It is not an A-bomb victim.
2009-09-17 15:22:40

Fur Kills
at least now he is always smiling.
2009-09-13 09:30:30

Well they started XD
2009-08-30 02:04:13

He is not a victim of the nuclear weapon.
He is people affected by Hansen's disease.
2009-08-18 18:11:05

"I love the smell of Uranium 235 in the morning.
That smell... that burnt-Japanese smell... It smells like... victory!."
:- Colonel Paul Tibbets (Pilot of the "Enola Gay")

O.K., so he didn't actually SAY those words... But I bet he was atleast THINKING them!.
2009-08-17 23:35:08

THEY got what the deserve if u googl pics of american on the POW camps they look way wors than this guy atleast he got to live the Americans were in there 20 and they died slow painfull deaths SCREW japan
2009-08-11 03:41:30

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