Skip to comments.Nagasaki remembers its atomic fate
Posted on 08/08/2005 8:43:37 PM PDT by soundandvision
NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) -- A siren wailed and a bronze bell rang out through the air Tuesday as Nagasaki marked the exact moment 60 years ago that an American airplane appeared in its skies and dropped the plutonium bomb "Fat Man," killing some 80,000 people and sealing Japan's defeat in World War II.
About 6,000 people, including hundreds of aging bomb survivors, crowded into Nagasaki's Peace Memorial Park, just a few hundred meters (yards) from the center of the blast, for a solemn remembrance and moment of silence.
When the silence ended, Nagasaki Mayor Iccho Itoh had some angry words for the leaders of the nuclear powers, and especially the United States.
"To the citizens of the United States of America: We understand your anger and anxiety over the memories of the horror of the 9-11 terrorist attacks," he said.
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Comparing Fat Man and Little Boy to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 is intellectual sophistry.
Uh, didn't Japan attack us first?!?! Good grief.
The weird thing is, you always hear all about Hiroshima, but you almost never hear anything about Nagasaki.
Another stupid thing about comparing Hiroshima/Nagasaki to 9/11 is what happened afterward. When the Japanese surrendered, we went over there and helped them build one of the most prosperous Democratic nations in history.
What happened after 9/11? Did bin Laden come over here and help rebuild the World Trade Center? Did he come to help with reconstruction, and try to build a better, more enlightened nation out of the U.S.?
Let's never forget that those bombs ended a war that Japan started by killing Americans, and if Japan had had the bomb they would never have hesitated to use it against the US.
That being said the two bombs themselves are reported to have killed less people than the Japanese military killed in their rape of China which is conveniently forgotten.
Above all else some Americans are alive today because there was no invasion of the Japanese homeland.
Happy Nagasaki Day!
It had better.
"I hate to break this to you, but bin Laden is not a country."
I never thought bin Laden is a country. I thought I had made a good point.
Let me rephrase it, then. Did the terrorists come over to help rebuild the WTC? Did al-Q'aida give personal aid and funding to the rebuilding efforts? These are all things the US did after bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
My point is that it is ridiculous to compare 9/11 to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So there. Take that.
If we hadn't bombed Hiroshima/Nagasaki and ended the war, millions of other Japanese were going to die of starvation....we saved THEM from THAT!
yawn - another imbecilc troll. git him!
It's not about which one caused more destruction. It's about what happened afterwards. Is America better off because of 9/11? Not really. Is Japan better off because of the surrender of the militaristic Emperor? Yes.
I think so, too. What do you do with these guys?
And they're both morally equal to each other? You're at the wrong place try Du.
I'm a new guy. What do you do when you've run across a DU? I think this is my first.
Did you check out his homepage? He just signed up a few minutes ago.
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