Friday, July 27, 2007
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.
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..."
|sir chedder cheese|
U so STupid!
Save your pro-american patriotic "we-did-the-right-thing" bullshit.
you can see this is awful, as are all of the effects of war.
Human beings, as a species, are fucktards.
It's arguments that you pose such as this one, when some grotesque effects of war are put right in front of your ignorant little fucking face that remind me of that.
|you people are disgusting American lives were saved. Most of the men who would have died in attacking Japan would have been American civilians if Japan didnt attack us. And the Japanese never killed a civilian throughout the whole war that what some people are making it sound like.|
|LOOK SO GOOD!!!!!!!!! FUCKING JAPANESE!!|
|reminds me of ran from ran and stimpy.|
horrific. he survived hell.
|Yea what america did will never be forgiven in gods eyes|
|Put aside human conflicts, we're human who did that to other human beiing. It's like realising that it was not a nightmare but REAL.|
|MMM japans attack on peral harbor was justified, we stopped selling them oil, a direct economic attack, a attack on the economy justifies war, i'd be like if everyone in the world stopped selling us oil, read a little about just war law and philosophy. Another thing, it is not justified to bomb an area populated by civilians, it is actually a war crime.|
|Japan was expanding its territory following the precedent set by Dutch, French and the US Manifest Destiny occupation of Southeat Asia and its resources,notably rubber and oil. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was a forcibly occupied territory of the US. The decision to drop the A bombs was by Truman to thwart the imminent Soviet expansion into Asia and to maintain US dominance in the area. Hence Guam, Marshall Islands, etc are US territories to this day.|
|Claire, given the facts that you present, why do you still say US was wrong for ending the war in this manner? You say yourself that these bombings ultimately saved lives.|
Also, the US was attacked by Japan... Although, I feel the Japanese people were duped by their leaders just as I feel the Germans were. However, for some reason I still find it hard to comprehend what the Germans did.
The Japanese people were told that the Americans were savages that would rape all the women and torture the people and kill them. The people were terrified, it is (was) the Japanese dictator and his upper level military that is (was) to blame for their fate.
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