First-hand accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Gizmodo has a collection of incredibly powerful interviews with survivors of the American nuclear bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than survivors, these people are witnesses, describing the sights, sounds and smells of a nuclear attack. Akiko Takakura was 20, and only 300 feet from the hypocenter where the Little Boy bomb exploded over Hiroshima.

..It was like a white magnesium flash. I lost consciousness right after or almost at the same time I saw the flash. When I regained consciousness, I found myself in the dark. I heard my friends, Ms. Asami, crying for her mother.

Since Hiroshima was completely enveloped in flames, we felt terribly hot and could not breathe well at all. After a while, a whirlpool of fire approached us from the south. It was like a big tornado of fire spreading over the full width of the street. Whenever the fire touched, wherever the fire touched, it burned. It burned my ear and leg, I didn't realize that I had burned myself at that moment, but I noticed it later.

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Gizmodo: This is how it feels to be under a nuclear attack


    1. Because the murder of civilians by one country’s military totally makes it okay to murder that country’s civilians?

      They’re both tragedies. They don’t cancel each other out. Unless you want to claim that the population of Hiroshima consisted entirely of war criminals.

    2. Oh, so that’s why the Americans dropped the bombs: as retaliation for what happened in 1937!

      Next you’ll be telling me World War II was fought to save the Jewish people.

    3. “While always interesting…”

      “Interesting” is not the word I that came to mind when I saw the pile of children’s skulls with all their teeth in tact.

      Trolling at it’s worst, you shameless fool.

  1. It’s strange, coming from an English speaking background, to read the translations of the comments of survivors. The concepts really can’t come through the language barrier. You can try to imagine, but I think even if I were a native speaker of Japanese, or they of English, it’s something no language could properly encapsulate.

    ~D. Walker~

  2. There are books available with similar accounts from cover to cover.

    I was fortunate enough (if that is even the right thing to say) to have visited Hiroshima and the memorial last year. Walking through the memorial building is sobering and eerie. The space inside the building seems to be full of visitors’ unspoken emotion.

    I was very angry when a ‘fellow American’ that was part of my study abroad group walked right through the whole museum, without looking at anything, to the exit to sit and try to get a signal on his iPhone. I didn’t like the guy too much to begin with, but that sealed the deal.

    1. Unfortunately, you find the same type among German students made to trot through Auschwitz or Bergen-Belsen.

  3. For pity’s sake people, stop.

    Just stop.

    Can’t we just take a moment to feel simple pity? Can’t we just reflect, without judgement, without argument? Whatever our politics, whatever our feelings on justification or lack thereof, can’t we just show some humanity?

    Not just for those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, not just for the Japanese, not just for those who died in the worst war known to history, but for every poor bastard whose life went to hell in any war, ever, and for any reason?

    ~D. Walker

  4. This isn’t the time or place to talk about other tragedies. Can we not do this? At least until a day or two after the anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb?

  5. Augh, I *almost* managed to keep myself from reading the comments–but no, I said “there’s only 6 comments…*surely* no one has been an *** yet”…but the FIRST comment is a link to the Wiki on Nanking? Seriously? *face palm*

    I’d link to the Geneva Convention and a map of Hiroshima, or just my paper from high school humanities explaining all the reasons *why* that’s just *wrong*, but I’m sure you’d just put a big fat Troll sticker on my head and go on about your business, so I’m not even going to keep wasting my time…

    lilbacon, peterbruells: I have only visited one concentration camp (unfortunately I can’t remember the name right now); and we happened to attend at the same time as a class of German students–about half the class was in high spirits–teasing the others and all the obviously disturbed tourists, jeering at them in German, and generally being a disturbance; the rest were in tears/hysterics and kept trying to apologize to us in very broken English for any number of things; the Holocaust, their fellow student’s behavior, the war in general, etc. All in all it made for a *very* creepy scene…

  6. On the day of the Hiroshima anniversary, there was a story on NPR (I can’t recall which show, or maybe it was a BBC news story?) that featured an interview with a survivor. I had to change stations, because driving while crying is no good.


    We did much worse damage before Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nobody gets their panties in a bunch about the fire bombing of Tokyo. And even that didn’t phase the Japanese leadership. Guess what? Full on war between nations is an ugly affair.

    Also consider this: The bombs dropped in WWII were firecrackers compared to the thermonuclear weapons that exist today. A grapefruit sized warhead will have 20 times the yield of those early weapons. There’s a reason we’ll never see full scale war between nations again, the consequences are too great for even politicians to ignore.

  8. The atomic bombs were definitely tragic. The citizens of Hiroshima certainly did not deserve it. However, let’s not forget the citizens of the areas conquered by the Japanese. Every day the war dragged on meant more of them would suffer and/or die. War is a shitty thing. The manner of death doesn’t make one more or less of a victim. To pay a disproportionate amount of attention to the atomic bombs seems quite unfair to those who died in less dramatic ways. Many victims of the Japanese army were simply lined up and shot. Somehow, there is a special day for Hiroshima but not for the others? The singling out of a specific group of victims for special remembrance bothers me.

    1. The singling out of a specific group of victims for special remembrance bothers me.

      Nothing “specific” about the circumstances of how these civilians (or those in Nagasaki) died quite resonates with you?

  9. Regarding Pyster’s comment and the follow-ups thereto:

    I was in the U.S. military, and spent almost 12 months living in Japan. I loved the place and the people. I visited Hiroshima several times, including the museums and memorial at “Ground Zero.” I heard some first hand survivor accounts on BBC on the anniversary a few days ago…they were sobering to say the least. While I don’t feel guilty exactly, these exposures were reminders to me that we are responsible for our actions, however justified they were at the time. And the use of these bombs was a tragedy even if they were completely justified, just as war is a tragedy regardless of who is “at fault.”

    Having said that, the post as written, concerning the “survivors of the American nuclear bomb drops,” as if there is a person in the world who doesn’t know that the Americans dropped those bombs, strikes me as slightly accusatory. I think such wording serves right out the outset to take the focus off the suffering of the victims, for the sake of making a political point…which invites comments such as Pyster’s.

  10. And let us also not forget the internment camps on US soil. Or that we forced Japanese doctors to cooperate with us during the occupation to provide them data on the a-bomb victims so we could find out exactly how to size up an effective nuclear attack against the USSR.

    Re-read some of the declassified documents. After the bombings we ran tests on the children for years… we were no better than Josef Mengele.

    The A-bombs were not the last attack of WW2 – they were the first attack of the Cold War.

    I always find it appalling how Americans seek to justify every military misdeed since their countries inception as if everyone in the world wears either a black hat or a white hat.

  11. I like the wierd tangents people go on over single urls… They attack lines of thinking not offered up.

    I contend the atomic bomb stopped more suffering than it caused, and that it was completely justified both as a strategic tool to end the war and as retribution for the crimes of the japanese war machine.

    Some other points… The targets of these bombs were military in nature. The civilians working there were part of the japanese war machine; they gave material support that allow the machine to commit atrocity after atrocity. If you think they are/were innocent, consider the discussion from clerks. The contractors on the death star assume the the risk, and if you bring your children into the fold you are responsible for their death as much as the rebel forces. If you still contend they are innocent, then this is were our opinions differ.

    This was not a troll. It was just a link to add some perspective on who and what was bomb. This isnt to say that I am unsympathetic. I am sympathetic to the brutal murderer who has been executed also. Justice is not always a happy affair, and it is often very misfortune.

    1. “a strategic tool to end the war” – no, I’m afraid not. The allies had already intercepted communications between Admirals discussing how and when they would surrender. Ending the war is a common justification and it just doesn’t hold water. The allies knew the Japanese were about to surrender and needed to show Russia their new weapon.

    2. The targets of these bombs were military in nature?



      Nearly a quarter of a million civilians died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Shut up and think about that for a minute. Meditate on it. A quarter of a million people.

      You want to know the number of American civilians killed in World War II? Less than 2,000.

      I recommend you refrain from using the word justice in future comments. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

      1. civilian is a funny word… All the civilians of the nations at war during those days worked to provide for the war machines, either directly, or indirectly. Ask your grandparents (or in some cases your great grandparents) what they did for the war effort. The germans worked for germany, the english for england, the japanese for japan. Civilian? Only in name and rank.

        Citation needed that japan was going to surrender before the bomb was dropped.

        I also love the personal attacks… Classy. When you debate history and morality divorce yourself from emotions and look at your goals.

        1. Okay, I’ll buy your reasoning that there are no civilians in wartime, meaning Nanking was justified. Thanks, everything’s so much clearer now! Your logic is impeccable!

        2. There was NO way the Japanese were even close to surrendering before the bomb drops. Even after the bomb drops there was an almost successful attempt to kidnap the Emperor so that he wouldn’t be able to surrender. The Army tried to bullshit the Emperor and say that it was just another example of Fire Bombing but he was enough of a scientist and SF fan to see through it. He was already worrying when reports of the pamphlet dumps over Hiroshima (“Get out while there’s still a chance.”) came in.

          Yes, starvation was wide spread and Japan had already been bombed almost to a flat tabletop. So what? You think that was going to affect morale?

          1. I am not under the belief they were going to surrender. Someone else was. I am convinced they were going to fight on and on.

    3. Is there a rule that says, the one infallible sign of trolling is when someone says that the inflammatory link they’ve just pasted isn’t a troll? If not, there ought to be. Pyster didn’t even give anybody else a chance to comment before he took over the thread with his own pitiless agenda, which is probably something along the narcissistic lines that he’s the only clear-eyed person on the internet. Really, he’s on a par with those berks who protest their own hang-ups at soldiers’ funerals.

  12. Think past the politics. This is nuclear devastation. Weapons more powerful than those described here are sleeping in missile tubes throughout the Earth. One evil man with the means, and a push of the button is all it would take to make these stories our own. This is the world we live in.

  13. “If you think they are/were innocent, consider the discussion from clerks. The contractors on the death star assume the the risk, and if you bring your children into the fold you are responsible for their death as much as the rebel forces. If you still contend they are innocent, then this is were our opinions differ.”

    I’m sorry, but are you insane? Yes, they were industrial cities and thus targets. But it was the cities that were targeted, not just the factories. People were living there before the war but somehow the civilians were asking for it because they happened to live in that city??


    1. “I’m sorry, but are you insane? Yes, they were industrial cities and thus targets. But it was the cities that were targeted, not just the factories.”

      The decentralized nature of Japanese “factories” made the entire city a factory.

      Japan’s government knew Hiroshima escaping bombing wasn’t luck. They had been moving civilians out of the city for a long time. It was an important part of military command and a massive supply depot.

      It was also a psychological attack to try and get them to surrender. They had lost, and knew it was lost well before the Pottsdam ultimatum. They didn’t even surrender after Hiroshima. Okinawa proved we were going to have to scour the archipelago clean of life the way things were going.

      I’m sorry, but the bombs were well justified within the context of what was happening. Because we know what happens, it’s important to keep a situation where it’s necessary to use them again from happening. That doesn’t mean you don’t keep yourself ready if the worst becomes necessary.

  14. Also note that I’ve offered up no justification for any of the many many crimes of our own government, or made and claim everything we did through history was somehow unworthy of punishment. We slaughtered the indians, turned away a boat load of jews, waged secret and not so secret wars, us the capitalist warm machine to enslave the masses so we have cheap goods… Our lust for electronics is fed from the suffering of others… So try not to paint me as some fox news watching, flag waving red neck who thinks american is #1.

  15. I’ve run into this before; the question at hand is this:

    Is one type of weapon worse/more immoral than another?

    In other words, why is killing with an atomic bomb worse than with ‘conventional’ weapons (I put that in scare quotes because the distinction seems immaterial to me)?

    I will generally contend that all weapons of war and destruction are evil. That they exist at all is a tribute to man’s inhumanity, which has nothing to do with borders, nationality or weapon type. Killing is killing; in that light, the best response (to war at all, in any form) was from a WWII vet, who argued:

    “There are no good wars, but there are some necessary wars.”

    That seems about right, given what I know of history, and of people. Discussions of morality in that context seem, rightly, pointless.


  16. The bombing of Hiroshima was a terrible thing.
    It brought the war to an end, and almost certainly saved many more lives than it cost.
    If allied troops had landed on the mainland of Japan, civilians were expected to take the lives of as many soldiers as possible, then commit suicide rather than surrender to a foreign power. U.S. forces had already seen mass suicides in Okinawa, and there was every reason to believe the rest of the japanese population would carry out the orders of the Imperial Japanese Army.
    It is not easy for us, living in the present, to understand the atmosphere of total obedience that the Japanese citizens were used to.
    My father was a P.O.W., taken prisoner in Singapore in 1942.
    He saw at first hand the way in which the Japanese officers treated humans as expendable. Not just prisoners, but their own lower ranks.
    His friend, a man I knew well, was in Nagasaki, when that city was bombed.
    He was told that the order had been given that if foreign troops landed, all prisoners, and all slave workers from conquered countries were to be immediately slaughtered.

    Here’s a question. If, in, say, 1940, an atom bomb could have been dropped upon Berlin, and thus stopped the nazi regime, made Auschwitz and all the other camps not happen……. By now, would we be saying it should not have been dropped? Because we’d never have seen those ovens, those piles of shoes, bales of hair, human soaps?
    I know this. The Japanese war machine made Hitler’s look benign.
    I’m glad it was stopped.
    Look at Nanking, ask how many more cities would fall like that. Ask yourself if you think the Japanese habit of seizing young women in conquered territories and forcing them to be enslaved prostitutes to service the ‘needs’ of the japanese army was acceptable?
    The war needed to be ended, and quickly. The atom bomb did that.

  17. So does this new list of ‘first-hand accounts’ add anything that’s not in “First Into Nagasaki” ?

    You should check that book out– it’s riveting.

  18. Geez, stop trying to settle the morality of war. That debate will not be solved onm this battle ground. Take the article / accounts for what they are: PERSONAL.
    The amazing thing about this article is that the accounts are being related from a personal point of view, in that the sights, sounds – details, are communicated in a fashion that anyone might relate a personal experience from thier daily lives.
    It just so happens that in this instance, the events being recounted are tragic & almost un-real to the rest of humanity – yet, in the personal accounts sensations & emotions are communicated that are easily related to by anyone.

  19. The U.S. military was probably as humane as any other military force fighting in WWII— which is to say, pretty darn nasty. Robert MacNamara himself said that our leaders would have been charged with war crimes had we lost. Let’s face it, war itself is a crime against humanity.

    One of the things that gives me some hope for our species is the growing global acceptance of the idea that targeting civilians for mass slaughter is Not Cool even during times of war. We’ve made a hell of a mess in Iraq and Afghanistan but at least we aren’t destroying entire cities on purpose anymore.

  20. The atomic attacks were so dramatic and so decisive that it’s easy to lose track of the big picture here. There was plenty of suffering to go around.

    Everyone treated life as expendable in the war. We’re talking about a war where almost a million people died EACH MONTH for eight years. We live in an era where we’re willing to kick off a decade long war over a couple thousand dead Americans. It’s insane to pretend that you know what people what people knew, what they were thinking and what their motivations were back in 1945.

    Let’s just agree not to drop any more of those crazy bombs, ok?

  21. This might be a good place to list the names of all those American military, Japanese military, and Japanese civilians who died in Operations Olympic and Coronet, the invasions of Kyushu and Honshu.

    Here it is:


  22. Some people forget that the US was ready to launch a full-scale invasion of the Japanese islands, (Operation Downfall) which would have cost MILLIONS of lives.
    You can read all the different casualty estimations, quoted on this wikipedia page:

    Those numbers vary wildly. but what is a constant reminder of scale is the 500,000 Purple Hearts medals (for being wounded or killed in service) produced just for the invasion. 50 years later and that stockpile is still strong…

  23. “So try not to paint me as some fox news watching, flag waving red neck who thinks american is #1.”

    I’m pretty sure no one is doing that, considering that from the very first comment in this thread, Boing Boingers had correctly identified a species of troll.

    What the troll watches on television is of little concern to us. What piece of cloth he waves on a stick is immaterial. Which country he believes is the best doesn’t really matter.

    Being a redneck transcends all of those things, shining through like a neon sign. No amount of posturing or ranting will obscure it.

    Pyster, you painted yourself. Enjoy!

  24. I see the discussion of the A-bomb drop morality is in full swing and has said almost everything I would have said. My only addition is this question for people who say that it was obviously wrong: What perfect alternative do you think the US should have pursued instead? Would it have avoided orders of magnitude greater suffering than the bomb drops? Remember that the Japanese walked the talk that every other Fascist regime only spouts: every fight was to the last man standing If you were facing 100 Japanese troops you had to kill 98 of them to stop the fight: the last two would be the highest ranking officers who would kill each other by way of apology for losing. See the Malaysian campaign for many examples of this. There were no medals for bravery in the Japanese armed forces: fearlessness was an entry level requirement.

    The civilian population was just as committed. Any land invasion would have certainly involved machine gunning high schools of kids attacking with pointed sticks. Not that everyone on the island wasn’t starving to death already anyway but quietly starving to death in agony isn’t as dramatic as the bomb deaths. It’s the difference between airplane crashes and traffic accidents.

    I’ve been to the Hiroshima bomb museum and almost lost it a couple of times. Pay close attention to the signs saying “The following exhibit is not for those of a delicate nature.” “Delicate” meaning “more sensitive than a Marine Corps sergeant. A horrible tragedy: especially for the kids who got dragged into the idiot adults’ squabble. The tricycle and the paper cranes still haunt me. (You know what I mean if you’ve been there.)

    The mayor of Hiroshima’s job includes writing a letter to everyone who has just gotten, or is seeking, The Bomb politely asking them if they’re nuts or what. They’re all on display on a wall in the museum and are an incredible read. The one to Israel is a classic and should be in any collection of “100 Greatest Letters of All Time.”. (Postage stamp sized country and an atomic arms race: good idea or bad idea?)

    The Hiroshima Peace Park is also your best bet for meeting an actual Atomic Mutant. They are aligned with a variety of political causes and hand out pamphlets and petitions there. They were all examples of severe growth abnormalities when I was in town. There was, for example, your basic Dalek blob in a travel machine and a guy whose right side was about 10% bigger than the left. (The gamma rays came from Mom’s right when he was an embryo.)

    The original Akira US Army report on the effects of radiation on unborn children has never been declassified and the guys who can crush tanks with their minds never come out in public.

  25. Completely amazing life story: (Tsutomo Yamaguchi, who survived *both* the atomic bombs – he was from Nagasaki, but happened to be in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Survived the bomb, fled to Nagasaki – and was just telling his boss there about Hiroshima when the second bomb was dropped. Then he proceeded to live to the age of 93 – although he did die of cancer eventually, this January. His son also died of cancer.)

  26. The real legacy of Hiroshima?
    It’s that the US still commits war crime with impunity.

    “Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.”

    1. Anon, I’m doing some research to post a bit on that report here in the next couple weeks.

      Right now, there is very, very, very little known definitively about what is going on in Falluja. And what we do know for sure cannot (at this point) be tied to American actions there.

      I’m all for calling out war crimes when they happen. But I also happen to think it’s pretty unnecessary (and, in fact, somewhat discrediting of situations where the evidence is strong) to take largely undocumented phenomenon of unknown origin and call them war crimes.

  27. You can play with the numbers a bit, but only about 0.4 percent of the people killed in WWII were killed with nuclear weapons.
    That’s four tenths of one percent. And, estimates vary, but half of those were killed by fires caused by the bomb, not the blast directly.
    So how about the 99.6% killed with those boring old bombs and bullets?

    And, like it or not, it did end the war. Japan had decided to negotiate for surrender, but their leaders expected to remain in charge (true fact) which struck the West like the Knight on the Bridge scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where he’s sitting with no arms and no legs and says, “OK, let’s call it a draw”. Culturally, it made sense to the Japanese, but not so much to the Americans.

    And an estimated 7000 people were being killed every week – on the Chinese-Japanese front.

    Yes, it’s tragic that we dropped the bombs. But remember, we didn’t want to be in the damn war in the first place.

    I always get the impressing during these discussions that Japan is awfully good at feeling sorry for itself. Give me a sign that they’re one tenth as repentant as Germany, and I’ll buy this stuff. Otherwise, give me a break. Don’t want to get bombed? Try not starting savage aggressive wars in the first place.

    And it would be nice if only the leaders got killed and the people were spared. But the leaders can’t wage war by themselves, especially a conflict like WWII.

    You can even make the case that targeting the civilians of an aggressive state is the most humane thing you can do. It tends to dampen their warlike ardor when they realize that their homes and children are going to be destroyed if they start a war, not just the Chinese and Koreans. Just sayin.

    1. One more for the road – here’s a link regarding Japan’s most recent apology. And not surprisingly, it’s not enough for anyone:

      Japan’s civilians were nuked – twice! And this before the war crime trials, and all pre-colonial territories were returned.

      Note also when you wish to judge the character of Japan as a single nation (as if that’s a reasonable idea to begin with), that while they ask for understanding surrounding the nuclear attacks, they have NEVER officially demanded an apology from the US – nor an apology for internment camps of Japanese/US citizens. Instead, they selflessly ask for a nuclear free world – a world that I would like to think any reasonable society wishes for.

  28. I grew up during the Cold War. To me, August 9th is a very different day than it is to most people posting comments.

    For most of my life I lived with the knowledge that within a minutes and without warning, computer guided, nuclear armed missiles could end my life and bring an end to everything civilization had learned and accomplished. During those years, no one believed there wouldn’t global, thermonuclear war; it wasn’t a matter of “if” but “when”. That feeling was so prevalent, that there was an entire science fiction genera, with dozens of memorable movies and books, devoted to post-apocalyptic Earth.

    But something unexpected happened. Since August 9, 1945, no nuclear weapons have been used in an attack. Humanity showed restraint, in an unbroken, 65 year stretch of not wiping out itself and most of life on Earth. I believe that the World should set aside August 9th, not as a day to blame or accuse or justify or be ashamed, but as a time to soberly remember how many years we have gone without using nuclear weapons and to keep that record unbroken.

  29. Trying to justify the bombing or claiming that it was not just is to miss the point that the deaths of large numbers of people is a bad thing.

    One thing I think people should note, is that in terms of casualties, the nuclear bombings were a small part of the conflict. Far more civilian deaths were caused by firebombings, though these cause far less apocalypse-porn fascination than nuclear weapons.

    The firebombings of predominantly wood-framed japanese cities caused almost unimaginable destruction. It was even worse than Dresden, not just because of the number of cities hit, but because Japanese housing tended to be wood-framed rather than the brick and concrete of Europe.

    I’m not trying to suggest that we stop caring about Hiroshima victims. Only that we also consider the other civilian victims who died in less fascinating but equally terrible ways.

  30. “Yes, it’s tragic that we dropped the bombs. But remember, we didn’t want to be in the damn war in the first place.”

    We who? We the people? The American people certainly didn’t want to. Our leaders on the other hand? They couldn’t get involved fast enough! They attacked us because we cut off their gas. Now what country would go to war because their oil supply at risk? Let me know if you need help with the answer.

    “I always get the impressing during these discussions that Japan is awfully good at feeling sorry for itself.”

    How many Japanese have timed in on this discussion? Even one? What or who are you talking about? Those straw men in the corner?

    “Give me a sign that they’re one tenth as repentant as Germany, and I’ll buy this stuff. Otherwise, give me a break. Don’t want to get bombed? Try not starting savage aggressive wars in the first place.”

    Your comment doesn’t even begin to address the difference between civilians and military combatants. And by the way, who the hell are you to say that Japan and her people aren’t repentant? That’s awfully pompous. Do you know how many times Japan has publicly apologized to Korea (north & south) and China, AND given them dumptrucks full of cash? China who can send a Taikonaut into orbit was getting checks up until the Olympics! Over 1,992,000,000Yen has been given to China’s development from Japan in 2008 Alone! I guess that isn’t repentant enough? Does Germany write those kinds of checks? I don’t know, but even if they do, it begs the question, should they still have to?!

    Maybe you should read “Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea”… those leaders of Japan, declared to be war criminals were tried and hanged. The people paid, and they repented. Did the American or Russian leaders (war criminals) pay for their sins? Of course not, the ‘winners’ of war never do.

    How many times do you want Japan to apologize? (They just did again today) You and I weren’t even born. As an American, should I apologize for Manzanar? Should Harajuku girls get on TV and publicly apologize to Korea? Do babies born today bear that responsibility? Utter nonsense.

    “You can even make the case that targeting the civilians of an aggressive state is the most humane thing you can do. It tends to dampen their warlike ardor when they realize that their homes and children are going to be destroyed if they start a war, not just the Chinese and Koreans. Just sayin.”

    Thanks for ‘just sayin.’ Dampen their spirits? The people in Nagasaki didn’t even know what had happened in Hiroshima before the attacks happened. Before their spirits had a chance to BE damped they were reduced to ash. That child still in it’s mother’s womb as it’s blood was boiled… I wonder if it’s spirits were appropriately dampened?

    Next time you want to write an unapologetic toothless rant about a war that neither of us were old enough to remember, try reading a few books first.

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