From what I heard, the stench of rotting flesh of burned babies who were in piles down by the epicenter was around for weeks after the blast--at least from what I read. People who went in there afterwards including US military G-2 photographers, vomited en-masse. I saw an TV interview of a former US Army veteran, the guy must have been around 87 or so, he took lots of photos, made it to the evac centers, hospitals, schools, etc. The guy started crying in the interview, 63 years later, he said he still had nightmares. Looked like severe PTSD to me, at least (I'm not an expert).
Yeah "baby". "Happy Nagasaki" day to you, too.
posted on 08/09/2008 6:19:07 AM PDT
(Men Who Died in Wars For Our Voting Rights Also Did So For The Right To Vote Indie-Conservative?)
Agreed. Thoroughly bad taste. I’m sure the Japanese were a hated enemy, and I’m glad the war was ended quickly with a fraction of the lives lost than had we invaded...but, to celebrate joyfully at the incineration of tens of thousands of non-combatants is pretty disgusting. As much as I hate the hajis, even I wouldn’t go dancing a jig if Baghdad got nuked. People need to have a little more respect.
posted on 08/09/2008 6:27:35 AM PDT
by Future Snake Eater
(How 'bout a magic trick? I'm gonna make this pencil disappear...Ta-dah!)
My Uncle said the same things about his AMERICAN FRIENDS that were killed and were beyond immediate retrieval by our forces... on Iwo... so HAPPY NAGASAKI DAY TO YOU TOO!
Thank-you for post, finally some sanity after 34 posts.
posted on 08/09/2008 7:34:09 PM PDT
(I refuse to choose evil, even if it is the lesser of two)
What you said! Most of these posters on this thread have no idea what the true cost on the ground was, it destroys ALL levity, even though the bomb had to be used for 2 reasons:
1) End the war and save American lives
2) Give a signal to the Russians. Back OFF!( few people know about that one).
As to the candle light vigils, I can understand the Japanese mourning the loss of so , so many, and the necessity of that because of kanagara. Few people understand Obon in the West.
But the Western ding bat cling ons give me the creeps.I call them hearse chasers.
Necessity in war is always redefined by History, in every civilization without exception.
And now we may have to eventually do the same again in the ME. Makes one shudder to think that the Iranians have the same approach to nuclear weapons as many who posted here, necessitating eventual usage by the West.They are as crazy as the Imperial Japanese Spirit Movement mavins of WWII.Too bad we could not have bottled the Nagasaki stench and made an aerosol spray that they could sniff as a virtual reminder of the true context of what had to be done.A decision that one would not want to wish on anyone.
There is no "Happy Nagasaki Day" for anyone.
posted on 08/11/2008 8:22:03 PM PDT
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