reply to post by sugarcookie1
The United States of America, founding fathers of terrorism.
Both bombs, were intended to show both the power of the weapon, as well as the ruthlessness of American Strategists.
I think if a either, or both bombs were dropped on military targets alone, the world would be in awe yes, but it wouldn't have sent the same message.
I often think, if someone were to attack my country and put my family at risk I would fight tooth and nail to save them. However, if the enemy were to
dessemate everyone and thing I ever knew, what would I have to fight for. No home, no family... It's truly demoralizing. I mean, I would be angry but
how can I fight that.
This is the reason I think the US used these weapons in the manner they did. As well, I'm sure as we know they needed to know what would happen if
such a bomb were detonated in the proximity of so many individuals. What better way to find out the effects as awful as it sounds.
"Hiroshima, an embarkation port and industrial center that was the site of a major military headquarters"
"The target was larger than 3 miles (4.8 km) in diameter and was an important target in a large urban area.
The blast would create effective damage.
The target was unlikely to be attacked by August 1945. "Any small and strictly military objective should be located in a much larger area subject to
blast damage in order to avoid undue risks of the weapon being lost due to bad placing of the bomb."
"Hiroshima was described as "an important army depot and port of embarkation in the middle of an urban industrial area. It is a good radar target
and it is such a size that a large part of the city could be extensively damaged. There are adjacent hills which are likely to produce a focusing
effect which would considerably increase the blast damage. Due to rivers it is not a good incendiary target." The US had previously dropped
leaflets warning civilians of air raids on 35 Japanese cities, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki"
This is from wiki en.wikipedia.org...
Here is the official explanation of the bombing.
"The goal of the weapon was to convince Japan to surrender unconditionally in accordance with the terms of the Potsdam Declaration. The Target
Committee stated that "It was agreed that psychological factors in the target selection were of great importance. Two aspects of this are (1)
obtaining the greatest psychological effect against Japan and (2) making the initial use sufficiently spectacular for the importance of the weapon to
be internationally recognized when publicity on it is released."
So how ever you want to look at it, at the time it was felt this was a necessary action. The targets were selected for military strategy. However you
wish to look at it, in those times civilian loss of life, and homes was acceptable collateral. The allies tend to love to push historical instances of
attempts to save civilians and paint the enemy as being ruthless and careless, but allied bombing carpet bombing, and shelling were just as
responsible for civilian deaths as anyone else. When you are bombing with in a city, unintended casualties will occur. Even today.
How ever considering one of the main points of picking these atomic targets was Mass damage and casualties. Psychological effect. Sounds like
The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
See, pure unabated terrorism.