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Hiroshima - 70 Years Since The Atomic Bombing
Posted 8/6/15
At 8:15 JST August 6, 1945, the American's Enola Gay dropped the 10 ft., 9,000 lb "Little Boy" onto Hiroshima. "Little Boy" fell for 4.4 seconds, before dropping to the ground and releasing 20 Kilotons of TNT and nuclear energy.

66,000 people died, and of those only 20,000 were Imperial Force members, the rest civilians, or POW Allied forces.

70 years later, Japan is the only nation in the world to have been attacked using nuclear weapons. The results of WWII were heavily decisive in the futures of both JP and the US, the US rebuilding the torn nation from the ground up in cooperation with a cooperative government, as the nations became strong allies post-war, and remain so today.


The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were a necessity to anyone who could see how the war would end, for both sides. War never wins, but peace isn't attainable.


The fact of the matter is Japan was a nation selling its own people out for colonization, and attacked the US to entice us into war. We retaliated, they fought hard, we fought harder, and we decided for their sake and our own to use the most deadly force known to man to force them to stop. In all, it worked out well. We're allies, the nations are among the strongest in the world, and no nuclear weapons have been used since.




What are your thoughts on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima?

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We don't owe them an apology any more than they owe us one. I know the history of the matter. What they teach kids in school is putting it lightly. Hell, they even make Japan out to be a lot better than it was for this time, which is a shock in itself.

That's all I'm going to say.
Posted 8/6/15 , edited 8/6/15
It pains me that this ever happened. I studied this in college as part of my History A Level. I don't view America or Japan as the bad guys, they both have done some pretty terrible things. It is a matter that something like this should never have happened, the worst part being this didn't teach any part of the world that war/killing people is not the route to go down.

But i'm a pacifist and an idealist.
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It's unfortunate that Japanese civilians had to die and suffer as a result of the bombing, however the Japanese government at the time treated civilians in their captured territory with an utterly callous disregard . Such is the butchers bill for "total war" and a reason why it should be avoided at all costs.
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Posted 8/6/15
I only read a few highlight articles of the manga Barefoot Gen in the public library. So many corpses streaming along the river. Hair was falling apart due to radiation.
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Was a necessary evil.

Nothing can give back what was taken, but something had to be done. If it wasn't for the atomic bombings and fire bombings, Japan would have terrorized Asia even further. Mercilessly killing those who opposed them. The total loss of life had the potential to be even higher for both japan, america and the rest of asia if the war wasn't ended swiftly. Japan was starving due to lack of resources (hence why Japanese soldiers resorted to cannibalizing enemy soldiers) so most of those civilians would have eventually starved to death by the end of the war if it dragged on too long.

I feel sad for the lives taken, but I am happy for it bringing along with it the end of the war.

Japan did far worse to the Chinese than both the fire bombings and atomic bombs combined. Its hard to feel completely sorry for the Japanese after what they did in Nanking and Unit 731 performing vivisection and dropping bubonic bombs on chinese villages.

Nothing excuses civilian death, however given the fact the Japanese slaughtered hundreds of thousands of civilians during the war.. do they really deserve to be given an apology when the bombs were dropped on them just as they had been doing to china during the entire war? I feel bad for the innocent civilians who died, but not for the disgusting and brutal Imperialistic Japan who suffered those losses.(estimation of civilian deaths in china)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties#Japanese_war_crimes
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Sad.
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Great grandfather was a civilian at Hiroshima. He helped save other civilians lives, but died 10 years later due to radiation. I probably wouldn't be here if the bombing didn't happen though.
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People tend not to remember a lot leading up to the bombing. The fact that a lot of war material was being produced in little mom and pop machine shops ( for you anime fans think Meow's dad in Space Dandy). The Curtis Lemay solution was just to burn down entire cities creating fire storms.One could say that the atomic bombs did less damage then what would have happened with a thousand plane raid the main difference was that only one aircraft was needed. Most likely it saved more lives on both sides than would have happened without it. Hopefully this puts some prospective on it. http://www.pjtv.com/series/afterburner-with-bill-whittle-56/from-the-archives-jon-stewarts-stupid-nuclear-commentary-1808/
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Posted 8/6/15
A necessary evil of the time.
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and i thought she just had a natural glow about her
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I will pray for the dead.
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One of my grandparents was training on B-29s at the time the bombs brought the war to a swift close, so he avoided becoming a potential combat casualty. The class after his had been washed out and sent into infantry after the Germans attacked in the Ardennes in late 1944, and several of them were subsequently killed fighting on the ground in Europe. This led him to believe he had dodged two bullets.

Before his death, I had a chance to speak briefly with General Tibbets, and thanked him. I'll stand by that now, as well.
Posted 8/6/15
Silly scientists, totally used and silenced

http://ee.stanford.edu/~hellman/sts152_02/handout04.pdf .
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Japan wants an apology they started the war with us refused to surrender killed hundreds of thousands of Chinese and they want an apology??? I'm confused does anyone here understand history? A good book to read fly boys.
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