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"Fat Man" Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945) Options
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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"Fat Man" Detonated over Nagasaki, Japan (1945)

During WWII, Nagasaki became the target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area. Three days after the US dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, a more powerful plutonium device, code-named "Fat Man," was dropped on Nagasaki. Approximately 40,000 people were killed outright, and a total of 75,000 were killed or wounded. More than a third of the city was devastated. The necessity of the attack is still debated. The "Fat Man" was supposedly named after a character in what film? More...
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 12:36:08 PM

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d'oh! Shame on you
Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 10:17:04 PM
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This article reads like an instruction manual on how to design a nuclear bomb. It completely overlooks the glaring moral and political questions of whether the bomb was truly necessary to bring about the end of the war, and even if it was whether it should have been employed in any event. And those, of course, are the most important questions about America's use of the bomb. Historians and many contemporaneous authority figures including General Douglas MacArthur deplored its use, and considered it completely unnecessary from a military standpoint--a gratuitous barbarity. Japan, historians argue, had been ready to throw in the towel for months.

Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:23:46 AM
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Leaving aside the use of the bomb,

1. Even after the detonation of the atomic bombs, extremists in Japan were so blind to reality that they nearly pulled off a coup against their beloved emperor after they learned he planned to capitulate.

2. Just a few years later, Douglas MacArthur advocated the use of multiple atomic bombs over mainland China to salvage his vision of "victory" in Korea.

Overlooked in the debate is a decisive factor in the timing and decision to use the bombs:

The Soviet Union had entered the conflict with Japan, and were rapidly conquering Manchuria, parts of Korea, even some of the northern Japanese islands. The Americans feared a partion of Japan along the lines of Germany's fate.

The cold power-politics of the embryonic cold war played a major role in using the weapons.

Also, the massive casualties at Iwo Jima and Okinawa led to some horrific casualty estimates for any US led invasion of the main islands.

Does this excuse dropping these weapons on civilian targets? I don't think so, but, I hesitate to judge those that had to make the choice.
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