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Article posted Aug 06 2010, 6:40 PM Category: History Source: The Independent Print

'My God, what have we done?' - the commander of the 'Enola Gay'

By David McNeill in Hiroshima

5 August 2005 - Sixty years ago tomorrow, the crew of the Enola Gay watched in awe as their payload detonated over the city of Hiroshima. "As the bomb exploded, we saw the entire city disappear," said Commander Robert Lewis. "I wrote in my log, 'My God, what have we done?'"

Below, thousands of people were instantly carbonised in a blast that was thousands of times hotter than the sun's surface; further from the epicentre, birds ignited in mid-flight, eyeballs popped and internal organs were sucked from bodies of victims.

By the end of the day an estimated 160,000 were dead or injured and the bomb's "ghosts" walked the city - thousands of initial survivors who would die within days, often with the word mizu -water - on their lips. Many more subsequently died - and are still dying - from various cancers.

Harry Truman, the then President of the Unites States who had ordered Hiroshima destroyed, later said: "We have discovered the most terrible weapon in the history of the world," but steadfastly defended its use and said it had ultimately saved lives.

In March this year, Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, also said the bomb had saved lives. Asked whether he had any regrets, he said: "Hell no, no second thoughts. If you give me the same circumstances, hell yeah, I'd do it again."

J Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant scientist who oversaw the building of the bomb, was more ambiguous about his creation. He famously said after the first test detonation: "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

Truman's successor, President Dwight Eisenhower, also had reservations. In a 1963 interview with Newsweek magazine, he said: "The Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."

Some thought that Imperial Japan, like Nazi Germany, deserved what it got for the brutal, relentless bombing of Shanghai and Chongqing, the Rape of Nanjing and other war atrocities across Asia. But others asked where had the moral high ground of the Allies gone since President Franklin D Roosevelt described the 1940 Nazi blitzkrieg of British cities as "inhuman barbarism"?

"No one seemed conscious of the irony," wrote the US historian Howard Zinn. "One of the reasons for the general indignation against the fascist powers was their history of indiscriminate bombing of civilian populations."

Tomorrow morning, Hiroshima will sidestep the endless debates over whether the bombing was justified and concentrate on commemorating the victims, in a ceremony swelled by thousands of foreign visitors and dominated by fresh concerns that the world is forgetting the lessons learnt here.

"I'm less resentful about what happened in Hiroshima than I am about America's wars today," says Kazuko Kojima, who was born two days after the bomb fell, in a cellar filled with the dead and dying victims. "Why don't they stop? Aren't there better ways to solve problems? The reason people go to war is because they don't understand the feelings of others."





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Anonymous

Posted: Aug 07 2010, 7:35 AM

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89133 The biggest fallacy of all wars is that politicians think in terms of nations, where there is only one mankind only one species. A war is only a suicidal act of a dying mankind, everyone should think of it that way. Our "beloved leaders" love to tune us against one another and just shuffle us around in endless battles. I'd say f*** them! They can pick up a weapon and fight for they own cause by all means. They have no idea how to build a simplest thing.
Dick Spanner

Posted: Sep 16 2010, 1:58 AM

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78144 That's what HE CLAIMED TO SAY,
the other fliers all said his ACTUAL words were :

'MY GOD ! Look at that son-of-a-bitch go !'

PhilosophicalPsychological Informer

Posted: Jun 27 2011, 8:50 PM

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246 I will be using this article as research for my short story.

The specific parts I will focus on are:

"Some thought that Imperial Japan, like Nazi Germany, deserved what it got for the brutal, relentless bombing of Shanghai and Chongqing, the Rape of Nanjing and other war atrocities across Asia. But others asked where had the moral high ground of the Allies gone since President Franklin D Roosevelt described the 1940 Nazi blitzkrieg of British cities as 'inhuman barbarism?'"

"'I'm less resentful about what happened in Hiroshima than I am about America's wars today,' says Kazuko Kojima, who was born two days after the bomb fell, in a cellar filled with the dead and dying victims.'Why don't they stop? Aren't there better ways to solve problems? The reason people go to war is because they don't understand the feelings of others.'"
L.S.

Posted: Jun 28 2011, 3:23 AM

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"The biggest fallacy of all wars is that politicians think in terms of nations"....

I like this quote, but I disagree. You've given them too much credence. Politicians think in terms of power, which the quickest way to initiate, achieve, and maintain power, is through war.

"The reason people go to war is because they don't understand the feelings of others."

Again, I like this quote but I disagree. Wars are waged, in the case of the U.S. because we've been brainwashed to believe that there are atrocities being committed against mankind, in far away nations. If anything, it is too much empathy that drives our military.

The war gods, Department of Defense, use the words "freedom" and "liberation," to justify the wars they wage. But freedom doesn't come with price. Freedom is "free." We've just been fooled into believing that we must sacrifice people to the bloodthirsty war gods, in order to maintain our own freedom. What we're really fighting for is our own enslavement; keeping the war gods/politicians power secure.

89133, if they're forced to fight their own wars -- "the most terrible weapon in the history of the world," will likely be their choice. And while yes, they probably lack the knowledge to launch this bomb themselves.... The means to control is only a dollar-figure away.



Anonymous

Posted: Feb 12 2012, 3:58 PM

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68116 I really think that the bombing wasn't necessary. they could of just killed the soldiers and political leaders and dictators.
Eamon Casey

Posted: Feb 22 2012, 12:27 AM

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71190 "I really think that the bombing wasn't necessary. they could of just killed the soldiers and political leaders and dictators. "

Just how were they going to do that? A secret "politicians and solders only" bomb? My grandmother was raped (with a bayonet) and murdered at Shanghai-she was a nurse, My grandfather and two uncles (13 and 15 respectively) died in captivity leaving my father and his sister as the only survivors. Dad never forgot what the Japanese did-and sure as hell didn't forgive them. After he went to the US, he enlisted in the Navy-later becoming a commissioned officer and an aviator. He refused (a court martial offense) orders to Japan in the 60's-but his CO knew his story and sent him to Korea instead. His CO had survived the USS FRANKLIN's near sinking.

The Japanese showed little, if any, mercy to those they conquered. They treated their captives worse than even the germans. They murdered over 200,000 at Nanking-and THEY are the victims? Get over it, will you? They started the war in the Pacific with the goal of taking OVER the Pacific rim as an extension of Japan proper. Perhaps they shouldn't have started a war, eh? No one should think rejoice at the A-bombing, but an invasion of Japan would have made the Bombs look like a walk in the park by comparison.
Anonymous

Posted: May 21 2013, 10:48 AM

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9764 Did Hiroshima drop an atomic bomb on us?

No

Did America know the affects of the bomb?

Yes

Just like America is a victim to events like 9/11, the Japanese were the victims of the bombing.

Get over yourselves.
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 21 2014, 8:38 PM

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6687 As a person of Chinese ancestry I will forever be grateful to the Americans for ending the war. My grandparents told me the stories of Japan's invasion in the 1930s. The wholesale use of poison gas, the bombing and strafing of civilians, the bayoneting of children, the unrelenting terror year after year after year.

The Japanese took hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers prisoner. Do you know how many were left alive to be released at the end of the war?

Fifty-six. Yes, that's right. 56. The rest were murdered. Why? Because Japan thought international law was only for other nations.

Japan today is very different than those days. I believe Japan is a responsible country and committed to peace.

But please forgive me when I say that whenever I hear someone mention "the victims of Hiroshima" I know I'm in the presence of a fool.
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