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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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to zapłata za unit 731
2009-08-10 15:10:32

Operation Downfall.
The Japanese were expected to lose TEN PLUS million people defending their island. Allied forces expected to lose several million. Instead, only ~250,000 people died in the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and as after effects.

Japan was firebombed before the nuclear attacks. American boats and bases were bombed and attacked. What's the difference between an innocent civilian and an innocent soldier? Does shaving the head of a boy of 18 years and putting him in uniform, no matter his personal motivation, turn him into a monster deserving death? Does it make it acceptable?

Fewer living breathing human beings died this way. There were less bodies on the ground. In the end, countless millions of lives were saved.
2009-08-07 04:42:55

Steve G.
sithis, maybe you are right, maybe the japanese army DOES deserves this for killing some of our american soliders but what is the reason for the civilians to deserve this?
2009-08-02 22:10:23

its such a low blow to attack inoccent, defenceless civilians who had nothing to do with the war. the man responssible for this is truly the devil in human form.
2009-08-02 21:39:30

the japs ate some of our solders, they deserve what
that got!
2009-08-02 08:23:22

Gaw! I would have rather died than look like that the rest of my life.
2009-07-13 07:46:03

I feel very bad but I doubt many Japanese get to see what was done in their name if their government can help it.Im ashamed as a human being not so much as an American.The Axis threw off the gloves of humanity very deliberately.
2009-07-09 00:03:26

dead gooks
i hate asians, fuck them animal abusing nobody's
2009-07-02 05:58:15

ma perche??c era un motivo si?non ho mai capito il perche??mai!
2009-06-29 02:52:30

you cant select targets with such rediculous weaponry. Einstein is howling with shame and guilt.
2009-06-29 00:49:30

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