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1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

The first atomic bomb has been dropped by a United States aircraft on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

President Harry S Truman, announcing the news from the cruiser, Augusta, in the mid-Atlantic, said the device contained 20,000 tons of TNT and was more than 2,000 times more powerful than the largest bomb used to date.

An accurate assessment of the damage caused has so far been impossible due to a huge cloud of impenetrable dust covering the target. Hiroshima is one of the chief supply depots for the Japanese army.

The bomb was dropped from an American B-29 Superfortress, known as Enola Gay, at 0815 local time. The plane's crew say they saw a column of smoke rising and intense fires springing up.

Source: BBC News

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Hiroshima remembered

A Nazi General who continuously refused to admit what the Nazis did to the Jews in World War 2 was a crime against humanity finally conceded and broke down in tears as a Jewish survivor testified in the World Court and gave an accurate account of what happened to his family. The lesson of this story is that when a horrendous crime is committed to a group of people a mass scale, the Nazis generals, much like their Japanese counterparts, had difficulties apathizing with the families of the victims on an individual basis. The reason I used this example is to emphasize the fact that this General did confess to his crime and felt true remorse when he heard the sad story of the surviving Jew. Will the Japanese ever express this sense of remorse openly, starting from their school textbooks?

Although what the Japanese did in China, Korea, Philippines, and much of the Southeast Asia was even more inhumane than the Nazis -- anything from raping young women to biochemical weapons testing -- Japan has never expressed their atonement the same way the Germans did with the Jews. The contrast is especially stark when one considers the fact that the Japanese politicians regularly visit their imperial war shrines: That's like German politicians commemorating Adolf Hitler. The very fact that the Japanese war shrines even exist today raises a lot of questions about Japanese people's ethics and integrity.

Based on the above-mentioned facts, it is arguable that the Japanese lacked adequate ethical thinking and decision-making abilities in the war, which would not have been ended otherwise (if it wasn't for the atomic bombs).

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Post time 2005-8-5 07:10:58 |Display all floors

If not August 6, what about August 9?

August 6 was necessary to prove the USA could and would use an atomic bomb to end the war quickly.  What about August 9?  What did the Japanese do on August 7 and 8 to deserve another bomb on the 9th?

It's a tricky question, because demanding a country that's reeling from an atomic bomb blast to formally agree to surrender may not be reasonable.  The country was in shock, disarray and horror.

However, there was also a possibility that the leadership could order the "honorable death of the 100 million" -- a suicide order from the Emporer.  Famous Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa joked that if the order had come, he and his colleages would first go and murder the government film censors.  If only half of Japan had complied, that would have meant 50 million dead, but would the Emporer ever have given the order?

Why was the August 9 atomic bombing of Nagasaki necessary?

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August 6, 1945: Did the Japanese deserve this day?

Hell yeh they did!

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Post time 2005-8-5 10:00:26 |Display all floors

August 6, 1945: Did the Japanese deserve this day?

Hell yeh they did!

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Post time 2005-8-5 11:18:53 |Display all floors

I think yes

The atomic bomb did saved the lives of many others.....

American, Chinese, Russian as well as Japanese

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Post time 2005-8-5 14:25:20 |Display all floors

War crime

Killing innocent civilians is a crime, during the war it is a war crime.
Atomic bombs targeting innocent civilians is a purposeful war crime. I don't know what else to call it.

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