Nothing To Be Proud Of by AliceFromLake ()
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Now we face the 75th anniversary of the drop of the first atomic bomb. Nothing to be happy. Nothing to be proud of. Most people in the world regard it as a war crime.
At 08:09, 6th August 1945, Tibbets started his bomb run and handed control over to his bombardier, Major Thomas Ferebee. The release at 08:15 (Hiroshima time) went as planned, and the Little Boy containing about 64 kg (141 lb) of uranium-235 took 44.4 seconds to fall from the aircraft flying at about 31,000 feet (9,400 m) to a detonation height of about 1,900 feet (580 m) above the city. Enola Gay traveled 11.5 mi (18.5 km) before it felt the shock waves from the blast.
On the ground more than 90,000 innocent people died. Child, women, old people, workers and some military peoples. Survivors tell a cruel story of what they have seen. A woman tells the story, that she was a kid and her mother was in the the city. Hours after the detonation a black creature on four legs came along to the house. The kids believed it was a dog. It died on the threshold of their house. After that the kids realised it was their mother. There are many such stories. Another one tells the story of her dad, when he came at home. She embraced him but smelled not the typical odor of her dad, but of burned flesh. He died after that. Other tell the story that they saw a lot of burned people creeping to the river, falling in it and dying. The world has never seen this injuries before in this masses. After the occupation an American party came into the city assessed the destruction and left. No help. No mercy. Even after occupation there was no medical help from the USA. Many month the survivors had no food. Many homeless child died in the winter. It was like doomsday...
The American public was kept in the dark regarding of what happened in Hiroshima. After occupation it was not allowed to report anything of what happened in Hiroshima in Japanese media.
It was the beginning of the nuclear age.
Image Comments (8)
steelrazer () 7:49PM | Mon, 03 August 2020
Good post. Very sad event and a day of shame that probably did not need to happen.
starship64 () 2:29AM | Tue, 04 August 2020
Maybe not pride, but certainly a recognition that it was the least bad option available at the time. The imperial death cult that was ruling Japan fully intended to fight to national extinction. "The glorious death of one hundred million" was the slogan used in Japanese propaganda. They probably wouldn't have succeeded in getting that many to commit suicide, but realistically millions of Japanese would have been killed instead of hundreds of thousands, and probably several hundred thousand Americans would have died as well. Even after the two atomic bombs many in the Japanese high command were not ready to give up. Major Kenji Hatanaka even attempted a coup to kidnap the emperor and prevent him from surrendering. Thankfully, he failed.
The use of atomic weapons was absolutely a horrible tragedy, but not using them would have been even more horrific.
The Japanese people never intended to commit suicide. It was the idea of deluded ideologues. Japan hoped that Russia would mediate. Then Russia declared war and three days later Japan surrendered, regardless of the nukes. Two additional Fat Man were manufactured and the first of them would have been ready for shipment on 16. August. With more to come if needed.
If someone shoots with a bullet, does it justify shooting back with a nuke? What if the Japanese hadn't surrendered after Russia declared war? How would you have justified millions of innocent dead? The annihilation of a people? What right would you have had to conduct the Nuremberg trials against the Nazis after killing millions of innocent Japanese civilians? Does one injustice justify another injustice?
wscottart () 6:49AM | Tue, 04 August 2020
Free to think what you want in this world...I will always remember December 7, 1941 and all the stories from my grandfather about how those battles in the Pacific went in which he fought and survived from Island to Island watching his mates pay the ultimate price.
contedesfees () 7:33AM | Tue, 04 August 2020
War cannot be sanitized. Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh served in the First Gulf War, the driver of a Bradley AFV. The Bradley was fitted with a plow. During one battle, McVeigh's assignment was to collapse or over-turn an Iraqi trench, burying its occupants alive.
Excellent render, as always.
indyjohns () 9:38AM | Tue, 04 August 2020
However, I have to agree with wscottart on this. Please recall that the US didn't initiate this "fire" in the Pacific. Your description fails to even mention why this happened: Japan's unprovoked surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor would reportedly write in his diary, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
He was right.
3DClassics123456 () 1:14AM | Wed, 05 August 2020
Terrific and beautiful image! War is war : no rules! The most important thing : WIN! But are the soldiers the most numerous victims of the wars? Yes, till the WWI. But from the WWII innocent civilians are the most numerous victims of all the military conflicts in the world. Hiroshima? Yes, but what about Guernica, London, Coventry, Birmingham, Hamburg, Dresden, Nagasaki...and so many other towns in the world? And what about the innocent victims of the napalm or the Agent orange in Vietnam? During the WWII for example, many innocent french people died during US or British bombings on strategic sites. These deaths were used by the Nazi and Vichy's propaganda to show Allied as criminals. There is NO CLEAN WAR! As I hate violence, I hate wars.