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Nagasaki Marks 61st Anniversary of A - Bomb
New York Times ^ | Aug 9, 2006 | Reuters (no fauxtography, tho! ;>)

Posted on 08/09/2006 5:57:16 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy

Filed at 1:25 a.m. ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - The mayor of Nagasaki criticized Iran and North Korea for their nuclear programs and had harsh words for the United States for failing to halt nuclear proliferation as the Japanese city marked the 61st anniversary of its atomic bombing.

Elderly survivors, children and dignitaries bowed their heads at the city's Peace Park near ``ground zero'' for a moment of silence at 11:02 a.m. -- the moment when a U.S. bomber dropped the world's second atomic bomb on August 9, 1945.

Earlier, others attended masses at Urakami Cathedral in the city, home to many of Japan's tiny number of Christians.

The anniversaries of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima three days earlier coincide this year with renewed concerns about nuclear programs by Iran and by North Korea, which last month jolted the region by firing a salvo of missiles.

``Voices of anger and frustration are echoing throughout the city,'' Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito told thousands of people gathered to mourn the more than 140,000 people known to have died.

``The time has come for those nations that rely on the force of nuclear armaments to respectfully heed the voices of peace-loving people, not least the atomic bomb survivors.''

Ito also had harsh words for the United States and other nuclear powers for their failure to halt proliferation.

``The nuclear weapon states have not demonstrated sincerity in their efforts at disarmament. The United States of America in particular has issued a tacit approval of nuclear weapons development by India,'' Ito said.

``At the same time, nuclear weapons declarant North Korea is threatening the peace and security of Japan and the world as a whole.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abomb; nagasaki
Coupla more articles here - http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-japan-korea-shrine.html and here - http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/05/opinion/05bass.html
1 posted on 08/09/2006 5:57:17 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy
Elderly survivors, children and dignitaries bowed their heads at the city's Peace Park near ``ground zero'' for a moment of silence at 11:02 a.m. -- the moment when a U.S. bomber dropped the world's second atomic bomb on August 9, 1945.

Any "moments of silence" for Pearl Harbor, The Rape of Nanking, the Treatment of POWs or the medical experimentation on the Chinese?

2 posted on 08/09/2006 5:58:44 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
I want the US to build more atom bombs. We may need to use them on Iran to save civilization from the Muslim devil.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)

3 posted on 08/09/2006 5:59:11 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Ready4Freddy

"The time has come for those nations that rely on the force of nuclear armaments to respectfully heed the voices of peace-loving people, not least the atomic bomb survivors."

What about the cabal of terrorists who have no nation and serve only radical Islam? Hmmmmmmmmmm?


4 posted on 08/09/2006 5:59:35 AM PDT by redstates4ever
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To: Ready4Freddy
I guess I missed the ceremonies for the 69th anniversary of the rape of Nanking.


5 posted on 08/09/2006 6:00:04 AM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Nagasaki Marks 61st Anniversary of A - Bomb.

I hope they have a blast.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

6 posted on 08/09/2006 6:02:03 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: 2banana
"Any "moments of silence" for Pearl Harbor, The Rape of Nanking, the Treatment of POWs or the medical experimentation on the Chinese?"

Oh, please! None of those things ever happened! I mean, if they did, they'd be covered in Japanese history books, right??
7 posted on 08/09/2006 6:02:09 AM PDT by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: redstates4ever
Without a nuclear arsenal, the US and Israel wouldn't survive another Pearl Harbor. Somehow, they overlook that in Japan - they forget who attacked America on December 7, 1941. Its still a day that will live on in infamy forever.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)

8 posted on 08/09/2006 6:02:22 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Non-Sequitur
"I hope they have a blast"

That joke will have a half-life of about 45 seconds.

;o)
9 posted on 08/09/2006 6:03:33 AM PDT by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: 2banana; Skooz
The 2 articles I listed in my comment (sorry, I thought they'd link automagically) deal w/ the Japanese PM's annual visits to the Yasukuni war shrine. Really pisses of China & Korea when he does that.
10 posted on 08/09/2006 6:04:13 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Hey, look man, I didn't mean to shoot the son of a b!tch. The gun went off. I don't know why.)
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To: LIConFem

Yeah, but what kind of chain-reaction will it create?

And what kind of fallout should we expect?


11 posted on 08/09/2006 6:04:36 AM PDT by Zeppelin (You've been Zarqed !)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Greetings from Oak Ridge! Is the mayor still asking for us to apologize? He can kiss my a$$.


12 posted on 08/09/2006 6:04:45 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: Ready4Freddy

As one veteran who fought the Japanese said " If there hadn't been an attack on Pearl Harbor, there never would have been bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki "


13 posted on 08/09/2006 6:06:06 AM PDT by Veeram (why the does the left HATE America ?)
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To: Ready4Freddy

They should of set off a really, really big firecracker.


14 posted on 08/09/2006 6:07:23 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Ready4Freddy

That was the world's first use of a plutonium implosion bomb, (not counting the test at the tower in Alamogordo) as opposed to the U-235 gun-barrel type bomb that took out Hiroshima. (There never was a need to test it.)


15 posted on 08/09/2006 6:08:13 AM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Maybe if the Japanese put as much effort into stopping the proliferation of atomic weapons as they do making and shipping their cars to America they might have had some success themselves.

After their Barbaric treatment of many countries in their quest to rule the world they are very lucky and should be eternally grateful to America for not annihilating them to extinction as a punishment and instead America showed them how to live as a Democracy.

Our troops are still there as a protection, and this Jerk Mayor is a Disgrace to the Human Race.


16 posted on 08/09/2006 6:15:13 AM PDT by chatham
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To: LIConFem
Well about 25 miles form where I live is a small rural community that has quite a few American Heroes that survived the Baton Death March. I am sure that they will be happy to give you their take on this matter.
17 posted on 08/09/2006 6:16:56 AM PDT by reagandemo (The battle is near are you ready for the sacrifice?)
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To: 2banana
I'll never forget on the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb, one of the networks was interviewing Asians who had lived under the Japanese rule, and asked one elderly Korean woman, "did you agree with dropping the second bomb on Nagasaki?"

She asked, "How many bombs did they have?"

The reporter said, "Two, but were making more."

She said "They should have dropped all of them."

18 posted on 08/09/2006 6:17:49 AM PDT by LS
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To: Ready4Freddy
If the city does not yet have a mascot, may I suggest:



19 posted on 08/09/2006 6:24:25 AM PDT by bwteim
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To: bwteim

LOL!! Thanks, bwteim! That's perfect!


20 posted on 08/09/2006 6:32:03 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Hey, look man, I didn't mean to shoot the son of a b!tch. The gun went off. I don't know why.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Of course the US just dropped the atomic bombs on Japan as an act of racism and imperialism and the Japanese where wholly innocent of doing anything and if they did anything it was the fault of FDR and the US. </sarcasm


21 posted on 08/09/2006 6:32:24 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Ready4Freddy

"You remember who I am?"
"You want me to do that again?"


22 posted on 08/09/2006 6:45:34 AM PDT by Little Ray (If you want to be a martyr, we want to martyr you.)
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To: 2banana
Any "moments of silence" for Pearl Harbor, The Rape of Nanking, the Treatment of POWs or the medical experimentation on the Chinese?

No, the pity party is only for anti-American acts...

23 posted on 08/09/2006 6:54:42 AM PDT by GOPJ (Al Gore - the original "Millions Could Die" kind of guy....)
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To: 2banana
Any "moments of silence" for Pearl Harbor, The Rape of Nanking, the Treatment of POWs or the medical experimentation on the Chinese?

No, the pity party is only for themselves... there's no sympathy for crimes committed against Americans. Never has been...

24 posted on 08/09/2006 6:56:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (Al Gore - the original "Millions Could Die" kind of guy....)
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To: Ready4Freddy

What a perfect opportunity that would have been to have snuck up behind the Mayor and popped a paper sack.


25 posted on 08/09/2006 6:59:58 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Get off my lawn!)
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To: 2banana
Let's have a moment of silence for Sharon Tate, who was discovered on the 9th after being murdered by Charlie Manson; Nixon resigned on this day. August 9th has been one strange day....

I know, it's my birthday.

26 posted on 08/09/2006 7:00:45 AM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Heheheheh


27 posted on 08/09/2006 7:02:53 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Hey, look man, I didn't mean to shoot the son of a b!tch. The gun went off. I don't know why.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

The bomb in the end, ultimately saved a lot more Japanese lives than even American lives. It would have gotten ugly had we invaded the Japanese islands.


28 posted on 08/09/2006 7:05:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ready4Freddy

They do good work up there on the mesa in New Mexico....

29 posted on 08/09/2006 7:07:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: dfwgator
I absolutely agree, gator.

I searched far and wide for any Nagasaki articles that were more historical & analytical, rather than about Japan's amnesia, but unfortunately couldn't find any.

30 posted on 08/09/2006 7:07:53 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Hey, look man, I didn't mean to shoot the son of a b!tch. The gun went off. I don't know why.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Of course the lefty appeaseniks would have had us negotiate with Tojo.


31 posted on 08/09/2006 7:10:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

3 days before the 21st anniversary of Hiroshima's bomb, I stood close to ground zero. That was a few weeks prior to going to the Nam. Was wishing we had a truman type in office instead of the bum we had. Wanted him to drop a bunch of these things along the DMZ so I'd have "glow in the dark targets". No such luck.


32 posted on 08/09/2006 10:37:16 AM PDT by stumpy
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The crew of Bock's Car and the plane that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki
33 posted on 08/10/2006 2:36:38 PM PDT by garbageseeker ("The best form of defense is attack." -Karl Philippe Gottfried von Clausewitz)
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