6 thoughts on “Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (106): Hiroshima

  1. Bob Wilson, Five Lamps, Thornaby. 1941-1961. says:

    Whilst no one wants civilians to die or to get involved or hurt in a war, this is one of those rare occasions when it was for the best. The Japanese attacked the American 7th Fleet docked in Hawai on December 7 1941, a huge mistake, the Eagle nation replied with the Enola Gay carrying it’s devastating cargo.I understand many Japanese today think the use of the two Atomic bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought this war to an end and was the best outcome for all.

    • Anna says:

      I think it’s quite incredible that today, still, any person at all can possibly say that dropping atomic bombs on civilians was or is for the best…

  2. Hugo Fuchs says:

    Hiroshima was a city of considerable military significance; containing the headquarters of the Fifth Division as well as Field Marshal Hata’s 2nd General Army Headquarters, which commanded the defence of all of southern Japan. Field Marshal Hata’s 2nd General Army was headquartered in the Hiroshima Castle and his command consisted of some 400,000 men, most of whom were on Kyushu where an Allied invasion was correctly expected. Also present in Hiroshima was the headquarters of the 5th Division, 59th Army, and most of the 224th Division, a recently formed mobile unit. The city’s air defenses comprised five batteries of 7-and-8-centimetre anti-aircraft guns. In total, 40,000 military personnel were stationed inside the city. It was also a communications center, a storage point, and an assembly area for troops.

    The city was mobilized for war, with thousands of civilians working in military offices, and military factories. The line between military and civilian, residential, and industrial was often non-existent. For several months, the US had dropped more than 63 million leaflets across Japan warning civilians of air raids. The leaflets listed 35 cities targeted for destruction by bombing. These cities suffered terrible damage, some even 97% destruction. In general, the Japanese regarded the leaflet messages as truthful. It is very likely that Hiroshima was leafleted in late July or early August, as survivor accounts talk about a delivery of leaflets a few days before the atomic bomb was dropped.

  3. Hmm, do we have any photos of the Bataan Death March? Or the Rape of Nanking? Or Allied POWs tortured to death?

    Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind, baby. And by the way, Japan could have stopped the war any time with two little words: “We surrender.”

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