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Aug 092017
 

The United States, with the consent of the United Kingdom per the Quebec Agreement, dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The two bombings killed at least 129,000 people. These nuclear weapons are the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.  Many died in from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, other injuries, other illnesses and malnutrition.  Those who oppose the bombings argue it was militarily unnecessary, immoral, a war crime, or state terrorism. Many have determined that a naval blockade and conventional bombings would have forced Japan to surrender unconditionally

The justification for the bombings remarkably still has people who support its use. It is believed by many that  the bombings caused Japanese surrender, preventing massive casualties on both sides in the planned of Japan. Many military officer leaders disagreed that the bombings were necessary and included  Dwight D. Eisenhower , Douglas MacArthurWilliam D. Leahy , Carter Clarke,  Chester W. NimitzWilliam Halsey Jr., and Curtis LeMay.

It does seem as though that the conclusion in 2007 of a group of intellectuals in Hiroshima called  International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Dropping of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has merit: “The Tribunal finds that the nature of damage caused by the atomic bombs can be described as indiscriminate extermination of all life forms or inflicting unnecessary pain to the survivors.”

 

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