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Nagasaki Bombing Anniversary:
69 Years Since ´Fat Man´ Devastated
Japanese City; 10 Interesting Facts

International Business Times, by Gopi Chandra Kharel

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 8/9/2014 2:34:08 PM

The Japanese city of Nagasaki suffered the same fate as Hiroshima on 9 August 1945, just three days after Hiroshima was hit by American atom bomb. Japan was crushed and essentially rendered to their yielding knees as the United States, under the orders of the then President Harry S. Truman, dropped another atom bomb on Nagasaki, while the country was still trying to cope with the shock and trauma of the Hiroshima attack. The two nuclear bombs– the first of its kind ever used in history, were dropped as a consequences of World War II, which the Japanese empire was

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I once saw the plane ´Bockscar´ that dropped the second bomb. Hopefully it can be preserved forever.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Calico Al, 8/9/2014 3:16:47 PM     (No. 9959621)

I was 14 then and remember talk here in the USA in the papers that HST warned that another bomb was coming. The USA dropped leaflets on the cities in Japan. Here is what they said------http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/primary-resources/truman-leaflets/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 8/9/2014 4:03:26 PM     (No. 9959663)

and yet ... my inbox this morning had inbound stuff from one of my old lefty-lefty-lib friends and another from a normally sensible Catholic monsignor from California. Both flogging a conspiracy theory that the use of the nukes was a conspiracy to start the Cold War. And they were serious,
Evidently historical revisionism by the wild-eyed hasn´t died or even gone dormant, so long as it is intended to show the US in the worst possible light.
I have Korean friends, people whose own families suffered hideously under Japanese occupations, not just in WW2 but going back centuries. They would have been more than happy had the Japanese culture and nation been entirely eradicated. And my Okinawan friends have roughly the same attitude. The nukes on two cities probably averted some understandable paybacks.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: rael, 8/9/2014 5:54:29 PM     (No. 9959753)

If that bomb hadn´t been dropped, my father would have gone to Japan to support the invasion (his bomber was waiting to take off when the word came to go back to the hanger).
He might have died there.
My best friend´s father was a medic who was scheduled to hit the shores during the invasion, almost guaranteed he would have died there.

And I know there are hundreds of thousands of other people who lived because we dropped those two bombs. Simple Fact.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: columba, 8/9/2014 7:04:16 PM     (No. 9959806)

As there are or were cities in Iraq that had large numbers of Christians, there were two cities in Japan in 1945 that had large numbers of Christians.

They were Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chumley, 8/9/2014 8:05:34 PM     (No. 9959838)

I got the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the Bockscar about 30 years ago. Never mind how it was arranged. Anyway, the whole time I was in that plane it felt like bugs were crawling all over me. I couldn´t get out quick enough. That thing is haunted.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: harper, 8/9/2014 8:31:05 PM     (No. 9959852)

Dropping those two bombs saved hundreds of thousands of lives, both Allied [our primary responsibility] and perhaps even more Japanese lives. The sick death cultist bastids controlling Japan had forced untold numbers of women and kids to train for hand to hand combat against troops using the crudest of "weapons." Imagine the horrific slaughter...Truman, a Democrat, made a tough but morally correct decision.

How times have changed.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bugboy, 8/9/2014 11:00:24 PM     (No. 9959920)

Japan reaped the result of their attack on Pearl Harbor.

Isoroku Yamamoto stated: "A military man can scarcely pride himself on having "smitten a sleeping enemy"; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. I would rather you made your appraisal after seeing what the enemy does, since it is certain that, angered and outraged, he will soon launch a determined counterattack."

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