07 August 2012

67 Years













This week marks the anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States. These are a few images from the two cities, including the remains of the Catholic Cathedral in Nagasaki, the most Westernized city in Japan at the time, and the city with the largest Catholic population.



8 comments:

Ken C said...

I pray that someday we will realize the horror of this decision.

Forward-Slash_S said...

One needs only to refresh in their mind the rawness that photo and story depict to be reminded of a force so unworldly destructive. IMO, there's never justification to unleash the anger of Hell on any people, regardless the situation. We can't even imagine the horror: atomicarchive.com [warning: graphic].

/s

Anonymous said...

What's worse is that the Japanese forced us to use this weapon. Thankfully President Truman understood that this prevented an all out invasion of Japan, which saved at least half a million American's.

Marlow G said...

@Anonymous

So the end justifies the means, eh? What about the insistance of the Allies on unconditional surrender? How many more lives were lost on account of that policy?

thetimman said...

Anonymous,

With respect, how does that Kool-Aid taste?

Seriously, no one forced Truman to do anything. I think he knew well-enough what the A-bombs would do before the first one, but even if, arguendo, we grant that the horror could only have been fully realized after Hiroshima, how do you square Nagasaki?

In both cases, civilians were targeted in violation of any just war principles. It was the same in Dresden and other places, though those involved less firepower.

And, though I risk being misunderstood on this last point, I'll throw it out there anyway. In a war, soldiers are in harm's way and "fair game" to combatants. Civilians are not to be considered fair game. Even if we accept the always-used-yet-unsubstantiated figure of a half million U.S. lives saved, you are talking of soldiers in that case, and not civilians. Hence, even accepting, arguendo, that it saved soldiers' lives, that good end does not justify evil means.

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend reading "The Bells of Nagasaki" by Takaski Nagai which is available on Amazon, but very pricy. Look past the price, the book is an excellent investment. Another good read is A Song for Nagasaki by Father Paul Glynn. It's also available on Amazon. A good book, but more of a compliment to 'Bells' in my useless opinion.

Mark S.
New Haven, MO

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Timman, for posting this as well as your comments.
We finally, and totally agree, on this point, which in essence says all human life is sacred. ALL!
TIYF

X said...

Why invade Japan at all?

Truman knew very well what that bomb would do. It was not the first atomic bomb, the first was exploded on July 16 1945 in the New Mexico desert. It turned the desert sands to glass.
And what was this weapon of mass destruction called? Trinity.
I'm sure that gave Truman, that Masonic Grand Master, quite a chuckle.