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Hiroshima: Dropping the Bomb

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This event, and WW2 as a whole depends on your point of view. Sure, the Axis had done some tragic things but so did the Allies. And this was the only time that the U.S ever used a bomb like what was shown in the video. Hell, we mostly found it pointless to use any other nuclear weapon in the future. But, by an idiots logic: Blaming a country that had NO INTENTION to join the Second World War just so their people can get themselves killed for countries that would never appreciate them and saying that their evil with NO EVIDENCE to support it is fine. I can see that we learnt nothing from this war have we?
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+majorgeeek Then did the war in Europe meant the end of WW2 as a whole?
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+Alpha Jalloh Germany surrendered two months before the first atomic bomb was tested.  - the US administration had planned the atomic bombing of Germany and it would have proceeded if the Russians hadn't made their early breakthroughs at Kursk, Stalingrad etc and forced the "invincible German Army" to their knees - Russia also invaded Japanese forces "August Storm" and were threatening to invade Japan mainland a whole 3 months before the USA planned invasion when Hirohito surrendered to USA in preference to Russia - so you see Soviets averted the nuclear terrorism of Germany and also averted the continuation of the nuclear holocaust of Japan's cities and civilians
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This is sick. Reading all those comments about how Japan had it coming, how good it was to use that bombs to stop the war, how Japan didn't deserve any sympathy at that time...blah blah blah.... That is sick. You are sick people. NO ONE deserves NUCLEAR BOMBING! What is wrong with you? They were civilians. Women, children, old people, people who weren't fighting! How can you say it was for greater good? We should be saying how awful it was that they bombed them. We should be saying how awful it is that they felt that there is no other way to stop Japan... War is awful on its own, but using NUKES? Those weren't soldiers that died there. And using 'war facts' to justify it? That's just sick.
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+Butch DeLoria Of course they didn't deserve it. But the war would've continued on and thousands of Allied lives could've been saved from invading Japan forcing them to surrender. The Emperor once before said he surrendered. A day later Kamikaze airplanes hit Russian tanks.The Emperor lied.
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And people say President Truman was a great President...
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US would have dropped the two bombs even if Japan had surrendered beforehand. US government wanted to test the effect of nuclear bombs on actual cities. In Japan they found the perfect excuse. 
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not the same bomb, each new one was very different then the earlier one. So untested.
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The us had already tested the bombs in Nevada,USA but you could be right.
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The fact that we HAD TO EVEN drop a second one... Proves that we had to drop the first one. Think about it.
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A lot of people like to hate America for this. You think we are happy that this happened? You think that the people that dropped the bomb were cheering? No. But Japan didn't give us much choice. Here's a little history lesson for y'all. After the war in Europe was over, Japan refused to give up. They were in the mind set that they will not end the war. We would have to kill everyone of their soldiers first. Japan only entered the war to expand their empire. They took advantage of what was going on in Europe. They wanted to take over China and areas around it and they refused to give up. So this is the plan that the U.S. came up with. They hoped it would result in Japan's surrender. It wasn't instant. Japan still wanted to keep on but finally did a little while after. There was a lot more to this. This was just a small bit. Don't forget, Japan attacked us first. The US was not in the war until then. It's sad and horrifying what happened. But if you want to blame anyone, blame the government that was over Japan at the time.
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+FEPEL 7X7​ Yes it is. But US provoked, knew, and had interests in Pearl Harbor.
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The drop of the Nuclear Bomb was unecessary , Japan surrender when the Soviet Army Joined into the Pacific War.
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No they didnt. They surrendered months after that. AFTER THE BOMB.
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Omg ich hoffe es wird keinen Krieg mehr geben. Die Menscheit hat es nicht verdient bzw. die Mehrheit.q
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I am Japanese . and I want to say to everyone. which century do you live in ? we need future,not revenge. from Japan ^^ ありがとう^^日本から感謝します。
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Thank you very much! I'm glad we still have people with a heart and mind :).
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lol i would love to see the japs attempt revenge.
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 it's a shame it had to  happen, but Japan couldn't and wouldn't have been  stopped  otherwise
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+Christopher Johnson you are assuming the nukes ended the war but there is no evidence the Japanese elite surrender was in fact due to the nukes - end the war and save the lives of young Americans is common argument often used to try to mitigate Truman from war crimes
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I think 9/11 was Nothing compared to this. (what goes around comes around) 
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I think the 2011 Japan was compared to that (What comes around goes around) Heh.
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+marcus tohmas I've taken Eastern Civilization Courses at my university and have done a research paper on historical Japanese events. 
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Remember Pearl harbor? it's sucks. ofc I know it was also awful thing what Japanese had done. but one thing I hate is Americans have been saying IT despite they'd also killed many many people who are unarmed . and they're not only Japanese civilian also Germany civilian. I hate all histories which were made by victors.
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Japan can do the same to the US. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD): Nuclear weapons are not to be used because if anyone uses it, the other would retaliate, leading to total destruction. But the US did it; and did it twice to Japan. But Japan has not retaliated yet.  If there'll be a nation that would use a nuclear weapon and be not blamed by the world nations, it will be Japan and the target is the US. It is a response, not the first attack. If the US justifies theirs, Japan can justify theirs more easily. Fortunately, the US and Japan have a good relationship at the moment, and there's almost no chance that Japan executes their right. But no one knows what would happen in future. The American live with the fear deep inside.  Personally, I strongly believe that the US should not have dropped the atomic bombs (2 bombs), and that nuclear weapons should never be used, and that we should not kill each other by any means. The US should admit that it was a mistake; and then, only then, the US can blame another nation that develops and uses a nuclear weapon in future. 
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I lived in both Japan and America as a child. It was so weird when I heard about this for the first time, as you can imagine.
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"The good people against the bad people in the Second World War" is a joke and a myth The Second World War was only the Competition of Natural Resources with the SAME ideology in all the Nations during the WAr "Lands, Money and Power", the rest was only "propaganda"
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+Retroriffic-Man Happy Wednesday for you. In your little brain  The World is only a beauty pink movie (The Disney World)  with many honey, candy, flowers and many color globes for a endless party. .The Truth is the real Ambition over the money and the Natural Resourses in all the planet Blessings for you and Congratulations for your " Candy World" in your mind
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the only good thing Americans ever did
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One day come when america have to taste such pain its bitter truth time will be replay your act against you 
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Merdeka , From Indonesia
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Now on this day its call tacticle nuke use for battlefield instead for city bombing
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Americans like to think the A-bomb did most of the workn
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War is Hell, simple as that. 
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as the old saying goes " if you want peace, prepare for war." Si vis pacem, para bellum
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a nation that intentionally drops nuclear bomb on civilians are just cowards and have no empathy for human life, this is what america is all about. 
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"Is", or "was"? Considering this happened one generation ago... What does your text say about YOUR society?
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We needed to drop the bombs or else we would have to invade Japan and kill every Japanese on sight since Japan wasn't going to give up until they were all dead
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Whoever says japan is going to nuke us, remember that we are allies with japan fighting against iraq, so the possibility of that happening are EXTREMELY low. What i would be scare would be iran. North korea still behind so dont worry about them. Also, remember that the US has lost 1 war, out of all the wars since the 1700s. Nuclear war is a low chance since if everybody starts shooting nukes, its the end of the world. Have faith everybody!
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Yes, it is well known that the US killed about 200,000 innocent civilians in this scenario, what disgusts me, is that people go and say that the US is the war criminal in the pacific theatre Do you people even know how many innocent lives the Japanese ended in WWll? Between 3,000,000 and 10,000,000. That compared to 200,000 is a scale of 50 to 1, the Japanese murdered 50 times more innocent lives in the war. This was not done for no reason, if the US had not done this, millions more would have been killed
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Americans like to think the A-bombs t
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im prity shore that the bomb was detonated a kilometer in the air as to not tern heroshima into a complet black speck on the woarld map.
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+Tony England You do realize that if the USA wouldn't have dropped the bombs, the war would wage on. If the bombs did not kill them, Japan would continue to attack the USA.  Japan led the attack on Pearl harbor. SACRIFICING their own people with those kamikazes. America ended a war. If they wouldn't have killed 135,000 people millions of other people would die. Ask yourself kill 135,000 or lay on your back and watch millions of people die.
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As evidence of the American spirit, please note the prosperity of both Japan and Germany after WWII. These are not acts of war criminals, but acts of ......you tell me!
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I don't think you can give the US credit for Vietnam's prosperity. And you cannot talk about "eliminating Islam" and "world peace" in the same sentence. Because one precludes the other. If we engage in a religious war of persecution, it will be a 500 to 1,000 year war. Then who? There was war well before Islam. There will be war well after Islam is gone. Same with any other religion.
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+PALIN SMITH "Eliminate" Islam? You do realize there are 1.6 billion muslim don't you?   
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I am Japanese . Japan's Pearl Harbor picture of attack was the attack on the only military facility In contrast , nuclear attack on the United States of Nagasaki Hiroshima , most of which are human general public . Americans are saying that it is revenge to the Pearl Harbor attack , are crazy . I want you  to hell dead !
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Which is better? the death of 200,000 people or the death of 10,000,000? Hiroshima/Nagasaki saved millions of Japanese lives. They started the war, America ended it.
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it was awful but it was the only way. The government might have come up with another way but unfortunately this was the only way. Back then people didn't know what to do so they made the bombs. It was an evil invention that spead across the world and now the threat of world war 3 is at hand. If people don't stop being stupid and selfish and evil then the rest of the world won't have to suffer. Tge people in power don't have the right to do this stuff. They are only using us like we are pawns in a game of chess. People are loving and wonderful we are not an evil people if we are raised and influenced right. This is an afull part of history that should have never happened but it did and now we need to learn from our mistakes or else we are dpomed to repete it again.
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there was no debate on record about the better choices or options to using the bomb - the decision to drop the bomb was simply accepted - therefore you point is irrelevant to Truman's decision to use the bomb
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Why does everyone say that this particular attack was a war crime or 'inhumane', when there were so many more conventional bombing raids that dealt way more damage. 
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Revenge will come eventually...
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Guess what... If they dont surrender we drop another bomb on tokio..... and thats where tokio give up and realize they didnt going to win this.
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I wounder how the person who actually pressed the button and dropped the bomb felt afterwards knowing he was directly responsible for over a hundred thousand deaths
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I think he committed suicide, but it was for the best, to stop the fighting :(
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Wie kann man nur so vielemenschen töten
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those who support the Hiroshima bombing are handing the world the excuse to use the atom bomb
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Japanese soldiers killed my great grandparents that's why I hate Rising Sun
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You hate Japan because of what one person from the previous generation did? Why?
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Japan was unlucky so too were the Jews - .Hiroshima civilians were as innocent as Jews in Nazis Germany
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+Joe Schwartz  the Storming Soviets August Storm Army were doing the real fighting taking Manchuria, China, Korea, Sakhalin and Kuriles and in the scope of 3 weeks they handed Japan its biggest land defeat in all of Japan's history they also took 300,000+ IJA POWs at the cost of 65K and got to within 30 miles offshore Hokkaido and were threatening to invade Hokkaido by the end of Aug while USA were still planning its Nov invasion several - maybe you should read up on the meaing of the word factual
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Payback from America to Japan
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this is a good proof that nukes don't exist. its all CGI
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its over dude.. its just a history 
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united states the king of terrorist
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+Jose de la cruz Well, I am sorry but you obviously hadn't heard of Operation Downfall or popularly known as X-Day with that land invasion of the Japanese mainland, a possible million Japanese civilians and soldiers could of gotten killed, yes we the US, England, maybe Russia would of lost 100-400,000 which is drastically less but still large. This shows that our consideration of using these "Cruel Bombs" over X-Day displays us not to be proud but still not stupid either
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Highwaay Nitrous I'm glad to hear your thoughts, you are wise beyound your years. You are probably correct to believe that Japan would never have surrendered. Japan is a great nation, and for all the tragedy of War, It forged a strong union between the two nations; based on forgiveness, freindship, respect, and economics. Everybody knows it could have been handled differently, but it worked.
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what is this all for??
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US bomb Japan in order to protect more lives not only American lives but also its neighbor Asian countries, I remember one of my patient friend is a Bataan Death March survivor he told me his stories about the war how he survive from the hands of Japanese Army. The Japanese Army bayonet most POW who cannot able to walk they behead and burn most prisoners of war. They rape the women killed the children, most infant baby they throw it in the air and catch with a samurai. After the U.S. Bomb them twice they surrendered. And since then they realize war is crazy. They focus on making cars and lots of electronic technology. Today JAPAN is one of the richest country in Asia. USA and JAPAN now is a strong allied.
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History is written by the victors. 
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Truman's atomic bombings are the world's 1st modern instance of terrorist bombings mass murdering civilian populations using nuclear weapons - Truman used same code of terror as alQuaeda and even Hitler and Stalin - "bin Laden was planning to carry out a Hiroshima" - so Truman has been inducted into the world's worst war criminal club - look up the stats for yourself - Truman makes bin Laden look like a rank amateur
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+Cody Maranto American leaflets clearly said "American bombs have no eyes" and because the atomic bombs were used in indiscriminate manner and supports the myth of collateral damage - usually the claim that the intent was elimination of military targets, not the slaughter of noncombatants - Truman's leaflets show a clear official and overt intent to kill civilians - they therefore incriminate Truman in the subsequent acts of Terrorism - killing civilians in large numbers is a war crime is as simple as that and your arguments only serve to incriminate Truman in war crimes
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+Cody Maranto All totalitarian regimes have one thing in common. They make war against their own people first. America is slipping into that paradigm with the great traitor in charge.
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plays yeah-team america
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the allies will not make an bad thing when nothing bad is happening on them but the axis are the first cause so to get allies an revenge
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Hiroshima civilians were just as innocent as Jews in Nazis Germany
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We can blame one side or the other. But one thing everyone whould agree on is that this was an atrocious event. The deaths of thousands of people for the actions of others is never a good thing, and I'm glad the U.S hasn't turned this into a regular war strategy.
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It is horrific to think of those people. But what do you think the Japanese would have done to the Americans. Look at Nanking, the Burma Railway, the torture and degradation they inflicted on prisoners.  How many innocent civilians did they kill and enslave in Korea. All war is wrong and all war has victims. In this case do you sacrifice American lives taking the Japanese main land? NO. One must not forget who started the war who attacked who. Just for the record I'm not an American, the people who bemoan America should think where we would be if not for their sacrifices.
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:( That was so horrible war :( 
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It's terrible to see how US kill people like rats with nuclear weapons. God... ok they were in war etc but to get to this point it's crazy.
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! I WONDER IF IT WAS AS FUNNY NOW AS IT WAS BACK THEN
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tantos crimenes cometidos por U.S.A  y para ellos. todo es "DEMOCRACIA"
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Japaneses just got REKT!😎
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This is the biggest terrorist act recorded after the British confiscated the land of the native Americans
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+Abdull Abdull We did warn the Japanese, we had different thoughts of what we could do, but ideas like Operation Downfall/X-Day may have possibly in its own killed millions. Consider this being smart than cruel
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no courage to fight treacherous game of the US government.
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Atomic bombs exist, devastation can be started at anytime. Onr thing good about it, no casualties are left. For the few who can survive will die pretty soon
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this is fair because they maked an attack on pearl harbor in a sudden full strike and also the philippines that has no influence on the war in 1942 that many children,innocent people were killed by the bombing in almost all over the place with such no mercy so they deserve it
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+vincewooo Well it did end the war in the Pacific after Nagasaki, but we were only proud of that. We were not proud of using the bomb in its entirety
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And the USA dropped a second one on Nagasaki to prove to Russia that they had more than one. A circle jerk that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. 2 really soft, non-military cities to prove a point. Tokyo would have cost too many lives and made Amurrica look bad. First example of global terrorists in action.
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Actually the Japanese did not surrender so they had to drop a scone one
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Talking about whether one side is more humane or moral is a waste of time. There is no such thing as a moral war. All that depends is whether or not the attack will serve your country's interests. 
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+majorgeeek It does, foolish civillian.
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Can someone explain, why wasnt the B29 bomber challenged mid air?! Didnt japanese radar detect them. Didnt the japanese have any idea of what was coming?
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-Directed by Michael Bay
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Every time I learn Hiroshima, I learn the US is evil lol, not now of course, back then. I wonder how did the pilot must have felt after he learned about the aftermath
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It was harsh back then. You were drafted into invading a beach (the meat grinder), had to kill to stay alive, it was srsly harsh, and some people are ignorant of how harsh it was. The japanese would rather die than surrender. People say that it was a bad idea to drop the nuclear bomb, but they had to drop TWO for them to surrender. Remember that it was rlly harsh back then.
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GG team dont surrender.
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the killing of mover 200,000 Hiroshima civilians is too large a number to be called anything other than a deliberate act of mass murder, contravenes international Law protecting civilians and condemns Truman a war criminal for all eternity
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>over 200,000 Wrong number, kid
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The only reason why the U.S. dropped bombs on Hiroshima was bombed because the Japaneses military were so intent on bombing the U.S that they sent bombers to fly across the entire ocean to bomb Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Then the U.S. sent in General Doolitle to bomb Hiroshima. There were 50 people killed and 400 injured in Hiroshima and there 2,403 people killed and 1,178 people injured in Pearl Harbor. I'm pretty sure the U.S. suffered a greater loss.
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US is the evil force who dropped atom bombs on Japan. And now they teach us about humanity.
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Considering this is a new generation...Yeah, pretty much.
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are atomic bombs more humane than gas chambers?
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USA the strongest army in the world? No it's not and why did they destroyed Japan there are poor Little kids go have fun playing with their friends why do country's war we must love each other we must be friendly to each other war is bad we must help each other we don't like wars they are awful and painful all country's are nice well i love everybody in the world I never hated any body I love USA i want to go to USA to have fun it's my dream we must help poor country's because we are humans not animals they fight because they don't think we have brains to think well we have peace its your choice to kill each other or be friendly and help each other chose killing other country,help and love each other look love and help each other most poeple be kind to
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I WILL NEVER BE PROUD OF WINNING A WAR IF TAKING ADVANTAGE OVER THE ENEMY KILLING THEM WHEN THEY HAVE NO WEAPONS IN HAND..IF THEY ARE CHILDREN..ELDER PEOPLE,,SICK,,WOMAN,,,IS LIKE MURDERING SOME ONE FROM THE BACK. I WILL CALL,,TERRORISM..
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the japanese army were killing innocent chinese civilians and commited war crime. then U.S. drop the bomb for payback and to end WW2
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Lol payback = Killing innocent people
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Japan...the wolves in sheep skin.
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+Kûrgân Uzgash We were only taking pride in the wars end, not the bomb's existence. This is technically a war crime but the aftermath's rules are written by the victors... so yeah. But consider this more humane than commencing Operation Downfall/X-Day
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I am proud we invented Atomic bomb and single-handedly defeated Japan.
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+fieldgroup So I need to "imagine" Einstein invented the bomb?
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+fieldgroup Why does it matter they were Jewish? Should we give it to baby rapists (Japan) or human gas chambers (Germany)? NO!
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America help Asia from the evil japanese dog.
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We didn't start that war rember pearl harbor
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+majorgeeek Nanjing Massacre is a perfect lie.
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People really need to understand war better if they honestly think Hiroshima is the worst of human brutality. Dropping a bomb and killing people instantly without any pain? That's a godsend for your average soldier who has been shot with bullets or a jew being tortured by a nazi or a civilian of any country being tortured by the Japanese for no reason.  Curtis LeMay was bombing Japanese Civilians before it went mainstream. Compare the A-bomb to Lemay's bombings and the A-bomb is nothing
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Deseases and radiation killed others slowly. You point is invalid.
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i think US when drop this bomb, its can called as war crime,,
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Drop it like its hooot drop it like its hot! :D
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