One scene shared by all of the 20th century's bloodiest wars might have been lifted straight from The Road Warrior: a spectral landscape;
buildings obliterated; blasted trees; a lifeless wasteland. The picture above, for instance -- a photograph never published, until now-- while
mirroring every bleak, war-battered panorama from Verdun to Iwo Jima to Pork Chop Hill, was in fact made by LIFE's Bernard Hoffman in September,
1945, in Nagasaki, Japan. But far from chronicling the aftermath of sustained, slogging armed conflict, Hoffman's picture -- along with others seen
here for the first time -- depicts devastation produced in a few, unspeakably violent seconds. On the 65th anniversary of American planes dropping
atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9) -- killing 120,000 people outright, and tens of thousands more through injury and
radiation sickness -- LIFE.com presents never-before-seen pictures from both cities taken in the weeks and months following the bombings. Included, as
well, are excerpts from issues of LIFE published after the war that convey the powerful, discordant reactions -- relief, horror, pride, fear -- that
the bombings, and the long-sought victory over Japan, unleashed.
Wow, total destruction! What a sad and sadistic action. If there is such a thing as karma, paying dues on this one will take a lot and a long
I agree, surreal is the word. I wonder why we are just now seeing these, as mentioned? Did they figure it's been long enough now, they can show the
level of annihilation that occurred? Sobering for sure!
Nice find anon,
Edit To Add:
Talk about "surreal," check out this juxtaposition of contemporary Nagasaki and Hiroshima. www.pixyard.com...
Obscene and diabolical. Can't think about stuff like that too much because a pain would set in and it would become unbearable. You need a thick
skin to be able to live in this world.
Everyone involved in carrying that out is a mass murderer. And they give out medals to those same folk too. ???
So I just found this, in light of the 65th anniversary of the event, Us ambassadors/delegation are, for the first time , being sent to the memorial
and some fear Obama is going to issue an apology either by word or action. The critics of this move say America should not apologize for anything,
and goes on to state that the bombing actually saved a million US and Japanese lives.
Do you guys think we should apologize for Hiroshima/Nagasaki?
I say yes... www.opposingviews.com...
if you know japanese people, they walk heavy with honor and vengeance. you can be damn sure they haven't forgotten about this, they're planning
their revenge on us regardless of what you see. they are going satisfy their vengeance, oh yes they will.
Originally posted by Ikema
And what's so amazing is Japan was sooo inoccent in this war.
no one was/ is innocent,
i just find the most amazing thing is that we, as humans can actually do this to each other..
no US, no Japan, no borders/ or "nationalities"..
Just the fact that People, altogether as a whole,
can actually do this to each other..
First, let me agree that it's sickening that we as human beings can do this to others, who are also human beings... in atrocious times, this was an
atrocious end to those times. That being said...
This was not in response to Pearl Harbor. This was in response to DOD assessments given to Truman suggesting that in order to secure a Japanese
surrender, we (the allies) would've suffered over 500,000 casualties invading the Japanese mainland - and before they waived the white flag, the
Japanese would've suffered over 1,000,000. The kicker? The Japanese didn't even surrender after the first bomb dropped... they required a second.
Admirable bravado and sense of honor, despicable lack of understanding towards their own people...
And let's not forget what they did to the Chinese and the whole of SE Asia during WWII. To suggest that they were the victims in the whole effed up,
mess of a human debacle is criminally dishonest. The Chinese will always hate the Japanese for the atrocities they committed.
It doesn't take away from the breathtaking imagery of death and destruction, but it does put it into context... as warped a context though it might
Why are none of the stones chard?
Why are none of the carcasses chard?
A photo album survived, but nothing metal around it did?
Notice when ever America reports on unheard of before tragedy's or incomprehensible events there are always a few things they use.
Huge amounts of people involved, that would be impossible to track down.
Victims are always "vaporized" upon impact at ground zero.
An article always survives giving us "proof" of what happened even though the heat was so intense, a photo always survives or a passport...you
Every witness description of such events give the most elaborate award winning dialogs ever written that could pull tears from a hells angel even
though they are a desk clerk or Janitor.
Events always seem to take place between 8am to 11am.
Proof is always given by photographic report to the public.
Read this caption under "A flat, silent plain"...the prince says the atomic bomb was "immediate inducement to surrender"....really? Then why did
two drop? Hirohito sees an immediate death toll of 30000 "vaporized" civilians and that wasn't enough? Tough folks I guess. He was willing to wager
another instant 30000?
When ever you have something, you use it. If a few more bombs had only been dropped on our "enemies" would anyone be fighting today? It ended the
war right. I would of put a few more down to stop any outbreaks of war on anyone even showing a clenched fist.
The nuclear club is like the Micky Mouse club, good for keeping children occupied, indoctrinated and just plain happy go lucky.
If one exists, I want to be there when it explodes and be the first to get "vaporized"....The sun will burn us long before a "new clear" weapon
Ok, I'm ready for my beating. Sorry, but I question everything. It's too easy to just accept and with that there is always a catch...."no money
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