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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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Branden an American
The person titled "No Excuse" has
clearly never read a history book about
Japan during WW2. Even a brief
knowledge of the country at that time
will reveal that Japan was not ready to
capitulate, and in fact, prepared to to
fight to the last man, woman, and child
as evidenced by POWs accounts of
civilians (mostly women and children)
being drilled in hand to hand combat and
use of a weapon in August of 1945. The
U.S.'s reluctance to kill civilians was
exploited by Japan to their advantage
and they had every opportunity to ease
the suffering of their people and they
didn't; why? Because Hirohito was not
being allowed to stay in power (one main
reason). NO EXCUSE.
2014-03-11 20:55:06

Branden an American
That's just POWs. I didn't even
reference the Rape of Nanking. It's
hard to feel bad for an imperialist
country raised to believe it was
genetically superior to every other race
and routinely practiced genocide.
2014-03-11 20:48:50

Branden an American
..."Thousands of other POWs were beaten,
burned, stabbed, or clubbed to death,
shot, beheaded, killed during medical
experiments, or eaten alive in ritual
acts of cannibalism. And as a result of
being fed grossly inadequate and
befouled food and water, thousands more
died of starvation and easily
preventable diseases.

In accordance with the kill-all order,
the Japanese massacred all 5,000 Korean
captives on Tinian, all of the POWs on
Ballale, Wake, and Tarawa, and all but
11 POWs at Palawan. They were evidently
about to murder all the other POWs and
civilian internees in their custody when
the atomic bomb brought their empire
crashing down."
2014-03-11 20:40:04

Branden an American
People critical over the appalling
Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings need to
truly understand the narrative that lead
to this before commenting.

Quoted from "Unbroken" by Laura

"In its ramapage over the east, Japan
had brought atrocity and death on a
scale that staggers the imagination. In
the midst of it were the prisoners of
war. Japan held some 132,000 POWs from
America, Britain, Canada, New Zealand,
Holland, and Australia. Of those,
nearly 36,000 died, more than one in
every four. American fared particularly
badly; of the 34,648 Americans held by
Japan, 12,935 - more than 37% - died.
By comparison, ONLY 1 PERCENT OF
DIED. Japan murdered thousands of POWs
on death marches, and worked thousands
of other to death in slavery, including
some 16,000 POWs who died alongside as
many as 100,000 Asian laborers forced to
build the Burma-Siam Railway...
2014-03-11 20:37:47

They could have told them that they were going to drop the bomb.
Then again dropping the bomb saved more American soldiers lives.
2014-03-08 14:07:25

no excuse
Japan had shown signs of being ready to
capitulate, they just didn't want to
agree to the conditions the US & co were
demanding. Most japanese cities were
destroyed. It was OBVIOUS they were
going to lose. The USA had been creating
the atomic bomb since 1941. Don't tell
me the bombing was "necessary" to end
the war; they had the bomb, and they
were anxious to use it on someone.
Period. Germany surrendered too soon, so
Japan got it instead. Then they occupied
the country and started treating the
survivors like guinea pigs and denied
the dangerous effects of the atomic bomb
like it was nothing. The attack on Pearl
Harbor is no excuse to kill 140,000
innocent people in Hiroshima alone. The
second bomb on Nagasaki was completely
unjustified. This is one of the most
monstrous acts in human history and
there is no excuse. The war could have
been ended in other ways.
2014-03-07 15:42:57
HEY SWEETHEART: As the owner of this site I have decided that from now on you are only allowed to post a comment for this article IF you first meet me at a motel room so that I can fuck you in the arse with my 11 inch penis. Take time to appreciate life.
2014-03-05 03:36:49

Well... let's not lie to ourselves -
Japan started it... The US finished it.
Anyone else would've done the same, or
more. Stop holding the US to a higher
standard than the rest of the world. Any
European country would have nuked
Germany in a heart beat. Don't kid
2014-02-25 16:50:15

Oh yea... so then it's better to do inhumane step than to loose in war... don't forget that in Europe the second war was finished in MAY 1945, this happend in JULY - it wasn't the second world war at all... it was just american stupid pride for nothing...
2014-02-22 17:08:16

Don't worry about it
Stop giving other reasons why they shouldn't have
dropped the bomb. It was so Japan didn't win the
war because they were on gemany's side. If the
U.S would've attacked Japan we would've lost. It
was pretty much the only way to end the war.
Everyone who built the bomb felt really bad after.
Read the book bomb if you want to truely
understand. The past is in the past. There is
nothing to do about it. We need to move on. War
is bad but what happened, happened. Move on
and stop yelling at America. We know we did
something really bad. So please stop.
2014-02-15 19:23:38

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