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Originally posted by FarArcher
I saw a Japanese soldier who said that had the bombs NOT been dropped, he and his subsequent family wouldn't have been alive.
The US could have easily just had a warship blockade around japan (it IS an island nation after all) and basically led a siege. There was no need to murder 100,000 civilians in 3 seconds, then decide to do it again 3 days later.
And I have heard from a Japanese soldier about how everyone was starving and the will to fight was fading fast.
Originally posted by FarArcher
One has to be an idiot in denial to not see the perfect logic in using the bombs.
Some here rather the war continue, resulting in another year or so of fighting, bringing more total suffering on the Japanese people as well as American families at home, and more total deaths.
If you rather see more total deaths rather than use the bombs - you're sick.
The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
Power in undamaged areas of the city was even restored on August 7th, with limited rail service resuming the following day. Several days after the blast, however, medical staff began to recognize the first symptoms of radiation sickness among the survivors. Soon the death rate actually began to climb again as patients who had appeared to be recovering began suffering from this strange new illness. Deaths from radiation sickness did not peak until three to four weeks after the attacks and did not taper off until seven to eight weeks after the attack. Long-range health dangers associated with radiation exposure, such as an increased danger of cancer, would linger for the rest of the victims' lives, as would the psychological effects of the attack.
By the end of 1945, because of the lingering effects of radioactive fallout and other after effects, the Hiroshima death toll was probably over 100,000. The five-year death total may have reached or even exceeded 200,000, as cancer and other long-term effects took hold.
Radiation Effects on Humans:
At Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the few surviving doctors observed symptoms of radiation sickness for the first time. In his book Nagasaki 1945, Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki wrote of the puzzling, unknown disease, of symptoms that "suddenly appeared in certain patients with no apparent injuries." Several days after the bombs exploded, doctors learned that they were treating the effects of radiation exposure. "We were now able to label our unknown adversary 'atomic disease' or 'radioactive contamination' among other names. But they were only labels: we knew nothing about its cause or cure... Within seven to ten days after the A-bomb explosion, people began to die in swift succession. They died of the burns that covered their bodies and of acute atomic disease. Innumerable people who had been burnt turned a mulberry color, like worms, and died... The disease," wrote Dr. Akizuki, "destroyed them little by little. As a doctor, I was forced to face the slow and certain deaths of my patients."
Read More - Theres lots more info here, if you think an Atomic Bomb is quick and efficient.
Originally posted by Havick007
Although as per the point of this thread none of it should have happened in the first place.
I am not trying to deflect blame for any other attrocities in WW2 but only trying to point out this was no great day in our history.