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By: James

Tue, 09 Aug 2005 05:40:03 +0000

perhaps you guys have to realize this: yes the Japanese inflicted horrors beyond description (Nanking, Unit 731, Death marches, etc.) and manage to permanetly jade an entire generation against the Japanese, yes they haven't apologized for it and whitewash the incident, but it is important nonetheless that ALL death is tragic. The Japanese deaths from the atomic bombs were heartbreaking, but so was the deaths resulting from the rape and carnage that is Nanking. Neither of them deserved to die. But what irritates me the most is simply that the Japanese government refuses to admit that they are sorry, and give out no compensation. There are so-called "comfort women" demanding it, and the government of Japan refusing to pay out. Worse, they have specifically whitewashed its own history textbooks, thus providing an imprint for an entirely new generation to deny Japan's guilt (compare this with Germany, which has shelled out a ton of dough, publicly admits its sorry, shows its respect to the Holocaust, and bans Nazi symbols).

By: Ed Campbell

Mon, 08 Aug 2005 22:02:44 +0000

sh -- your comment is properly preceded by the bit in bold in the middle of the posting. I was school age through the war. Many members of my family were in the military through throughout the war. Some perished. Fortunately, most survived. You obviously feel that only American lives are important. You are the idiot. You are no different from the politicians who think that only Japanese lives are important. That's the point.

By: sh

Mon, 08 Aug 2005 18:22:49 +0000

My father 19 at the time had just fought in the battle of the bulge and was shipped to the west coast to await invasion orders. America was in a war idiot do you have any idea of kill or be killed?


Mon, 08 Aug 2005 14:26:50 +0000

If the bomb hadn't been dropped, Curtis Lemay would have unleashed much more carnage on the entire country. Keep in mind that these bombs were realtively weak as far as nuclear weapons go, and there was much more carnage in the bombing of Dresden. The main effect of the bombs was in creating 'shock and awe' for a quick surrender.

By: Jeff Findel

Mon, 08 Aug 2005 13:38:01 +0000

"For me, the Japanese Atom Bombs victims have nobody to blame but themselves." Most of the victims of the atomic bombs were civilians, they couldn't have stopped the war if they had wanted to. Actually, about 10% of them were Koreans that were forced to go to Japan to labor for the war effort. We can argue about whether using nuclear weapons was a good thing (stopped the war earlier/fewer total lives were lost etc).But whether they DESERVED it or not? No, when it's innocent civilians, "deserve" is never part of the equation.

By: Toshiro

Mon, 08 Aug 2005 02:01:16 +0000

For me, the Japanese Atom Bombs victims have nobody to blame but themselves. For being the aggressor and savagely invaded China, South East Asia and the Pacific, which resulted in untold sufferings and deaths in tens of millions of lives. Nightmerish memories which survived until today, who is going to speak out for them?

By: Richard

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 19:53:54 +0000

I don't mind being reminded about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as long as the media also gives equal attention to Nanking, Pearl Harbor, Bataan, and the Burma Thailand railroad, etc. Some would say it's a great pity that Japan wasn't defeated by someone with their same enlightened policies in the treatment of conquored peoples.

By: Miguel Lopes

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 19:31:27 +0000

Hopefully nuclear weapons will never again be used. Ever. However, I hope they never disappear, for they are what people have always dreamt of for centuries - the weapon so terrible to use that you can't use it - and therefore ending war. I find it *suspicious* that so many people seem to ignore this - or are led away from this simple truth - and actually wish nukes to be totally erradicated. This would bring us back to the late 19th, early 20th century as far as wars go. Not a pretty thought. Why would you want to go back to such carnage as World War I? May nukes live forever! May every country have them! May wars stop. May I find a psedonym so that powers that be don't know my real name...

By: Pat

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 17:44:29 +0000

May we never again need to experience nuclear war.

By: Bob Laudig

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 15:13:29 +0000

Perhaps it is because those of us who remember that time so well reflect on the fact that if the Japs had not started the war, there would have been no casualties on either side. They deserved exactly what they got. Note now that they are constitutionally prevented from any military action except strictly defensive in nature - lesson learned?