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“The US bombed Hiroshima because it was a high population center and would kill thousands of people.” Statement made by a lecturer at a public educational meeting. July 20, 2000, Courtesy: City of Hiroshima

NUCLEAR WAR FACT: Hiroshima and Nagasaki were militarily important targets.

Hiroshima was a city of high military importance. The 2nd Army Headquarters, which commanded the defense of southern Japan, was stationed in Hiroshima. Hiroshima was also a major communications center, a storage point, and an area for the assembly of troops. Nagasaki was one of the largest seaports in southern Japan and had strong military related industries. Two of these industries were Mitsubishi Steel and Arms and Mitsubishi Torpedo Works. Factories there also manufactured cannons, artillery, combat vehicles, and munitions. As harsh as it sounds, from a military point of view, the killing of civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was incidental to destroying key facilities, which saved many more lives through the resulting pressure for peace.

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