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NAGASAKI - Carbohnized Child

by Art For A Change Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at 1:53 PM

Photo from Nagasaki... the day after. A carbohnized Child lies in the pulverized ruins.

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This Photograph was taken by Yamahata Yosuke in Nagasaki the day after the bombing. Mr. Yamahata took this Photo of a Child who had been turned into a carbohnized statue. Tens of thousands of other victims were found in the same condition. Those closest to the blast had been immediately vaporized, but others were squashed flat by the air pressure. People outside of the blast range suffered horrifying radiation burns so severe that their skin

slid off in sheets. Eyes melted or were made permanently blind. Those outside the effective range of the bomb were exposed to lethal doses of radiation as the Atomic mushroom cloud dispersed radioactive particles over a wide area.... thousands died of radiation sickness. An estimated 70,000

people had died in the blink of an eye, with an equal number being fatally maimed. Hibakusha (Japanese for "Atom Bomb Survivors") are still dying today in Nagasaki from the after effects of the explosion.

At 28 years old, Yamahata Yosuke was the first Photographer to enter Nagasaki after the Atomic Bombing of August 9th. Entering the city the day after it had been devastated, Mr. Yamahata wandered amongst the ruins of the radioactive wasteland documenting the effects of the bomb. He took more

than 100 photographs.... the most extensive documentation from either Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Mr. Yamahata became violently ill in August of 1965 on the 20th Anniversary of the Bombing. He died a year later of Cancer at the age of 48.

To commemorate the 56th Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki, ART FOR A CHANGE is presenting an exhibition of 12 hibakusha Paintings. The works are accompanied by text and the testimony of the Artists. The hibakusha Art can be found at the following URL;

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Japanese Good; Americans Bad

by Reader Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at 2:12 PM

don't you guys every get tired of talking about A-bombs on Japan while saying nothing about the Rape of nanking, the Bataan Death March, vivesection of healthy American POW's, etc., etc. Even today's paper (August 9) reports that once again Japan refuses to cover its own history in school textbooks. Enough of a free ride for Imperial Japan. Were there innocent victims? Yeah -- some of them were even Americans.

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Japan was bad the US was and is far worse

by anti-terrorism Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at 2:41 PM

Imperial Japan participated in some pretty horrendous stuff. I have not heard any of the stuff about Americans that you are talking about but definitely in China the experiments on Chinese using chemical weapons and other means were absolutely horrific. This however does not lessen what the US did. First off, when the US came in after the war they took over and kept secret those same projects because they wanted the information about weapons. Therefore, the worst perpetrators of these crimes in Japan were never punished. The US couldn't both expose these crimes against humanity and have their weapons of mass destruction. The US chose death over justice. Weapons information gathered through torture of civilians.

But beyond that, nothing can change the fact that the two atomic bomb blasts were the two biggest incidents of terrorism in the history of this planet. The US decided to wage war explicitly against civilians. On those two horrible days state terrorism expanded to a scope never before dreamt of. People talk about highjacking a plane, or suicide bombs or demonstrators as terrorists. The real terrorists are states and at this moment in history the biggest terrorist out there is the US government. Witness the continued bombing of Iraq and the sanctions killing now well over a million people, witness the support of Israel engaged (quite openly) in assasination of civilians. And of course we must always remember those two bombs that opened the door to a whole new level of terror where the threat of complet extinction of the species as well as everything else on the planet was, and is a very real possibility (especially with King George the second trying to incite the rest of the world). Violence targeted against civilians is terrorism and we should always talk about the two bombs in that way.

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Japanese Bad, Americans Just Plain Evil...

by brownoneyque Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at 2:42 PM

Not to engage in oppression-olympics, pero este pendejo que se llama "Reader" is trying to equate

individual atrocities with an indiscriminate act of terror enacted against an entire civilian

population. Granted the Japanese government was, and in some respects still is, bad business,

but they don't hold a candle to our own antichristic U.S. government, whose people, including

the Bush family:

1.) still engaged in trade with Hitler, despite worldwide outrage against his atrocities,

2.) interned free Japanese civilians against their will

3.) knew about the impending bombing of Pearl Harbor, but did nothing since it wanted

a provocation to justify going to war with Japan and having a pretext for using the A-bomb

4.) didn't do anything about the death camps in central Europe and persued an isolationist

stance (besides as mentioned above, Hitler was good for business) until the provocation by

Imperial Japan

5.) allowed the immigration of Nazi war criminals into the U.S. and integrated them into the CIA

6.) were the only nation to conceive of such a psychopathic death tool as the A-Bomb in the first

place, with the assistance of German expatriates and later the nazi criminals in questions, who

were also experimenting with weapons of mass destruction.

I'm not even white and I know your sordid history better than you do, so you need to quit

whatever your doing and get a clue. The Nagasaki photos do this society much more

good than that stupid distortions of history perpetuated by Hollywood.

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The "American Century" and Hiroshima/Nagasaki

by Justice Friday, Aug. 10, 2001 at 11:48 PM

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not to end the war, as the Americans lied; World War 2 was essentially over before August 1945. The main theater of the war was Europe, and the War in Europe ended in May 1945. Since the War in Europe had ended, the Soviet Union, which defeated the Nazis almost single-handedly at the Battle of Stalingrad, the turning point of World War 2, on January 10, 1943, and beat the US to Berlin, which was the primary reason the US entered the War in Europe or, to the US, the "race to Berlin," on June 6, 1944, now had a powerful military force. It turned its attention to the War in Asia, where the US had been busy conquering real estate, while people like my mother, a refugee from the Holocaust who joined the Dutch Army as a nurse to escape the Holocaust and found herself in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, in the last year of the war, were waiting to be liberated. The Americans finally got around to liberating mother's camp after Pres. Roosevelt (FDR) died, that death being April 12,1945.

The Soviet Union, the American ally in World War 2 against Germany, Japan and Italy, was poised to attack and invade Japan. The Japanese were suing for peace. The anti-Communist US government feared a Soviet Japan and thus dropped those two horrifying atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945 respectively as a warning to the world that this was to be the American Century. It was an act of racism, imperalism and anti-communism, and we all suffer the bitter consequences of such genocidal policies. To the fascists and to the perpetrators of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we give the Battle Cry of the Warsaw Ghetto Resistence: Nicht Vergeben! Nicht Vergessen! Never Forgive! Never Forget!

The US continues its nuclear war strategy by dropping depleted uranium bombs on Iraq and Yugoslavia. The president who dropped the bombs on Japan was a Democrat, Harry Truman, both the Republican Pres. George Bush, Sr. and Democratic Pres. Bill Clinton bombed Iraq and that good Democrat Pres. Clinton bombed Yugoslavia, for which the Greeks correctly referred to him as being a Hitler. The twin parties of capitalism, the Democrat-Republicans, perpetrate war by any means because it is profitable, and the primary law of capitalism is maximization of profits.

If you have had enough of these Democrat-Republican warmongers and war criminals, join California's Peace & Freedom Party now. We are always for labor, peace, the environment, gay rights, women's rights, all other civil rights and socialism. Just check "other" on your voter registration form and write in "Peace and Freedom Party" For more information, see

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by j Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001 at 2:03 AM

How did this degenerate into a P&F advertisement?

To the first comment -- condemning the A-bomb doesn't make one an apologist for the Japanese military actions in WWII. You're engaging in us-vs-them thinking, when the peace movement is about cessation of the horrors of war.

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Pool ol' Japan and Big Bad USA

by Reader Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001 at 3:38 PM

I'll hit a few high points; those with a serious interest in the facts -- as opposed to the romantic view -- can read Richard B. Frank: Downfall: The end of the Imperial Japanese Empire (1999). OK: first commentator to my post admits he never heard of the vivesection of American pow's. That's part of my point: many do not know the facts of how Japan waged war. The rape of Nanking was not "experiments", but a mass slaughter and torture. Read Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (1997). Yes, President Truman -- whose job was to protect American, not Japanese lives -- dropped two atom bombs on Japan (why not only one? because one did not end the war -- or am I missing something). This is considered especially horrible by some because of death and harm to civilians. America's armed forces had been mostly drafted; these men were civilians too, until Japan and its partners began the war. If you people actually care about human life, this point would not have to be made. The next commentator blames the US for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Wonder why progressives have no power in this country? It's because of arguments like that, which belong in the bin with "if she hadn't worn sexy clothes, she wouldn't have been she asked for it". Another goodie from this guy is that America didn't stop the death camps in Europe....well, that makes us as bad as Japan, fer sure. The next commentator says the Japanese were suing for peace when the bomb dropped. Even if that was true, we were entitled to hold out for unconditional surrender by those beasts. As for the argument the bomb was to scare the Soviets, all I can say is: prove it! The last commentator makes some sense when he says it shouldn't be an us vs. them argument. The only reason I have made it that is because I'm sick of all the blubbering every August over the poor Japanese from people who could not give less of a crap about Americans. G.W. Bush may not be the smartest cookie in the box, but I'd trust him with my life and my freedom ahead of the whole pack of "progressives", who gave us the Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc, Mao's China...can't finish the list, have to go, sorry.

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Yes you are very sorry indeed...

by anonymous Monday, Aug. 13, 2001 at 4:58 PM

this baboso, el "reader" puts his trust in president-select GW. Cokehead.

Enuff said in terms of his lack of sanity.

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Reader's trust

by Reader Monday, Aug. 13, 2001 at 8:07 PM

You're trusting him too...if you still live here. But how about Fidel, who'd throw your ass in jail just for speaking up. Or some of these European hypocrites who don't give a crap about their immigrants getting torched, but are always ready with a lecture for the US. Why not choose a leader from Asia, Africa, South America. Listen, Putz, you're always allowed to pack your bags and leave, unlike in some other countries.

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