Seven million died in the 'forgotten' holocaust
(09-11-2011, 08:36 PM)jovan66102 Wrote:
(09-11-2011, 08:29 PM)mikemac Wrote: Although with Christianity legalized and the Kakure Kirishitan coming out of hiding, Nagasaki regained its earlier role as a center for Roman Catholicism in Japan.

One of the major reasons that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were  chosen as targets is that they were virtually the only cities in Japan still left standing. The US wanted the effect of the bomb to be very clear. They waited 3 days to bomb Nagasaki in the hopes the Japanese would surrender in the face of such terror (of course, the Japanese didn't know the US had only two bombs at that point). The reason that these two cities were relatively unscathed? The US had deliberately not bombed the two centres of Christianity in the Home Islands.

Nagasaki was actually not the first choice for the second bomb; the city of Kokura was the intended target and the bomber made three passes over Kokura before being directed to the secondary target of Nagasaki due to heavy cloud cover at the primary site. Nagasaki was a major Imperial Japanese Navy port and, though it had been bombed previously, had not suffered extensive damage.  One of the considerations in choosing the site was that the target should not have been a previous target of conventional bombs.  But it's obvious that Nagasaki was not chosen because it was a center for Roman Catholicism in Japan like some have tried to say.

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Re: Seven million died in the 'forgotten' holocaust - by mikemac - 09-11-2011, 08:49 PM

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