(Hiroshima, Japan — August 6, 2015) – The world today reflected on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In addition to ordinary citizens and historians, American presidential candidates also weighed in on the day which ushered in the era of nuclear war.
For some, the use of the atomic bomb on a Japanese city was justified because of the one million casualties expected with an invasion of the Japanese mainland.
For others, the use of the atomic bomb on a Japanese city was justified because of the leverage it would give America in a post-World War II world.
And for others, the use of the atomic bomb on a Japanese city was completely unjustified, cruel, and inhumane.
No matter one’s perspective, one thing is clear: the atomic bomb was used – twice.
On August 6, 1945, the B-29 Enola Gay dropped the uranium-based bomb known as “Little Boy” at 8:15am. 70,000 people were killed instantly; another 70,000 would die soon after from radiation poisoning and other injuries sustained in the attack.
On August 9, the B-29 Bockscar dropped the plutonium-based bomb known as “Fat Man” at 11:01am. Somewhere between 22,000 and 75,000 people were killed instantly; overall, 80,000 would die from the attack.
The atomic attacks were perhaps on people’s minds a bit more this year because of the recent nuclear deal worked out between Iran and the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany. The controversial deal, by extension, brought American politics into the solemn anniversary.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckleberry (R-AR) controversially said that the nuclear deal would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
For his part, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump (R-NY) doesn’t seem impressed with those who suffered at the hands of atomic weapons.
“Mr. Trump likes the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” said a Trump spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Mr. Trump doesn’t like people who were killed or injured by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”