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2008-05-11 22:24:20
Two reasons: 1) They were considered to be low value targets, the Japanese troops in the area were for home defense, 2) Washington directed that two or three low value targets not be bombed. No reason was given to commander of the USAAF bomber force, but the reason was to have relatively undamaged target for the reasons stated earlier.
2008-05-01 05:39:40
I was aware that Nagasaki came after Hiroshima, the question is still the same, when was the next one dropped in anger?? So far it hasn't happened.
2008-04-30 09:46:58
As I stated above, ElMeanYo, my understanding is that the Emperor of Japan wanted to surrender, but his own military government prevented the communication from getting through to US forces. Knowing now that this possibility of surrender existed in the past, can't change the fact that at the time, the American military feared they would have a grueling fight to the finish. The decision to drop the bomb on Japan was sound military thinking -- the targets chosen for the missions had little to do with their strategic value, they were chosen because they had not been bombed. US forces gained two advantages by this: first, the military scientists would get good data on the power of their atomic bombs, and second, because the bombing of the untouched cities with such powerful devices would cause the maximum amount of panic to sap enemy morale.
2008-04-30 09:30:15
If Hiroshima and Nagasaki were such important targets, how come US forces had never previously bombed those cities, or at any of the other sites designated as possible targets for possible atomic bombing missions? No military commander of any value would allow his own attacking forces to miss bombing every single city that was producing the armaments which were killing his troops. The truth is that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were third rate military targets, but they were untouched, and would give American military scientists good data on the destructive potential of their brand new technology.
2008-04-30 09:13:14
I understand there is evidence that even before the August 6th Hiroshima bombing the Emperor of Japan was trying to surrender to the US without terms. Unfortunately, by that point in the war the Japanese government was actually run by the military, and officers that wanted the war to continue used 'red tape' to prevent the request for surrender to be transmitted.
2008-04-30 06:13:19
This was the second one, and it was not in anger. Hiroshima was first, but the Emperor refused to surrender without keeping his title and power, so we had to go with round 2.
2008-04-30 06:12:37
This was the second one, and it was not in anger. Hiroshima was first, but the Emperor refused to surrender without keeping his title and power, so we had to go with round 2.
2008-04-30 06:09:50
Japan never attacked civilians? Are you kidding? Ever heard of the Nanking Massacre, or the Changjiao Massacre, or the Manila Massacre, or the Sook Ching Massacre. All told, an estimate 2.7 million slaughtered Chinese, and all done under the orders sanctioned by Hirohito himself.
2008-04-30 05:59:47
it doesn't hurt my feelings at all, secondly they were warned, but refused to quit. wonder what they think now? sleeping giant was a good guess
2008-04-30 05:56:35
They were legitimate military targets. Japan was not even considering surrender until after the bombings, AND after Russia declared war on Japan. They wanted the Emperor to keep his power under surrender terms so they kept fighting. How many more civilians would have died if the war continued to be fought with conventional means. Again, Pearl Harbor was an unprovoked attack. It was a military target, but we were not even at war with anyone. And how about The Rape of Nanking? Don't eschew basic human rights and then bitch that yours were violated.
2008-04-30 05:09:43
Nagasaki was an important seaport and had dockyards. Hiroshima was home to several army camps and had the Headquarters of the 2nd Army and Fifth Division. They were military targets.
2008-04-30 03:25:10
The only other way to finish the war was to invade the Japanese homeland... a prospect which would have meant thousands more casualties to US troops, not to mention potentially millions of Japanese civilian deaths. You only need to look at battles like Iwo Jima to guess what it might have been like. The bomb got the stubborn Imperial leadership in Japan to surrender.
2008-04-30 03:12:09
So actually you started it, attacking civillians. 9/11 was just a small payback.
2008-04-30 01:01:11
Sorry, Rome...Pearl Harbor may have been a surprsie attack, but it was almost exclusively against military targets..there may have been some collateral civilian casualties, but they were just that... Hiroshima and Nagasaki were deliberate attacks on largely civilian targets..
2008-04-30 00:31:11
Yeah, but they really did start that one. Forgive us for still be a little upset about the unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor.
2008-04-29 23:08:29
Then where was the next one dropped in anger???
2008-04-29 15:55:50
Too bad we haven't learned anything from this.