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Which were worse, the atomic bombings in Japan (yes), or the 9/11 terrorist attacks (no)?

Asked by: Caine_M_L_Green
  • The sheer math alone, suggests that the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were far worse.

    If you add in the after effects of the radiation and cumulative levels of destruction, there is no contest.

    One thing is for certain though, both were terrible. Both killed far too many innocents to ever be justified as a war tactic, and both were without a doubt, acts of terrorism and crimes against humanity.

  • Japan bombings without a doubt.

    By the time the US decided to try out their new bomb out in real war, the Japanese military had been for the most part annihilated. There was no doubt that the US would lose the conflict, especially after they hired the help of the RAF. I think that it's shameful what we did to those hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians who were used, as I see it, as guinea pigs for a mad scientist's experiment.

  • Japan obviously worse.

    Its debatable whether targeting hundreds of thousands of civilians is wrong in the middle of a war but doing it when a war is virtually over anyway? Absolutley no excuse for that. America just wanted to test their new bombs that theyd spent millions of $ on and see how many people they could kill for the money.

  • Let's do some simple math.

    Hiroshima/Nagasaki
    -estimated 200,000 died
    9/11
    -around 3000 died

    So which looks worse? Quite obviously Hiroshima/Nagasaki. The atomic bomb wasn't dropped to end the war. Anybody who has studied history knows that. That is, anybody who has studied not American history. America dropped the two bombs for revenge as to show off to the Russians how powerful they were.

  • Japan was worse.

    The bombings of Japan were far worse in terms of casualities. It also shows how the US government have literally no regard for human life at all because even the other maniacal tyrants of the world (i.E. Putin and Kim) have realised that it's probably not a good move to drop an atomic bomb on another country. Despite this, 9/11 was horrendous in the sense that it showed the US government would even go as far as killing their own people to suppliment a delusion.

  • One is a tragedy, a million is a statistic.

    Get over 9/11, We mourn every anniversary of it, But most Americans can't even remember the date of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yes, they where both terrible, but what is so great about September Eleventh that you have to keep being reminded about it. There have been worse events in American history. There have even been worse Terrorist attacks that claimed more people. Yes, Mourn the dead, But don't put the smallest over the largest.

  • I think that the atomic bombings in Japan were worse.

    Both the atomic bombings in Japan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks were very terrible, but the atomic bombings in Japan were far worse.
    The total number of people killed by the atomic bombings in Japan is about two hundred thousand. The total number of people killed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks is about three thousand.
    We can understand that Jpanese people suffered most from the data mentioned above.
    The 9/11 terrorist attacks had no purpose all right, but the total number of deaths is too much smaller.
    So I think that we must stop to happen the ravages of war from happening again.

  • The atomic bombings had a higher death toll.

    If we are ranking worse by amount of casualties and suffering, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki yielded a much higher death toll. There were also many people who suffered slowly and died of radiation related illnesses. There were people who suffered from the effects of 9/11 too, but not to the great extent of the nuclear bombings.

  • Japan was worse

    The 9/11 attacks were horrible because we were not at war with that country and it was unprovoked. However, the horrible thing about the atomic bombings in Japan was that the nuclear effect not only killed people, but maimed them permanently and it mutated their genes so it carried on to their children.

  • I think that the atomic bombings in Japan were far worse than the 9/11 terrorist attacks.



    I think that the atomic bombings in Japan were far worse
    than the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Any
    Americans who disagree with me are just blinded by patriotism. I feel that the atomic bombings in Japan were
    worse than the 9/11 terrorist attacks because far more people died in Japan,
    and that is how we should judge which tragedy is worse.


  • What a poor comparison

    How do you compare two events that are so terrible, death is never something to be taken lightly. The attack on Japan occured during a war, it was told that it was going to happen. The americans dropped flyers in Japanese warning them of the impending bombing, both times. The first time the people thought it could not be done, the second time the people where foolish. Still a great many people where killed and very tragic, the other aspect is how many lives where saved both Japanese and American and other allies. This ended the war that would have droned on for years killing many more than 300K.
    The bombing on 9/11 was a cowardly attack done during a time of peace by a bunch of cowards. It started more wars, ended nothing, Was done without warning by terrorist cowards

  • You're looking at this wrong.

    Obviously both attacks were awful and from a purely numerical standpoint obviously the Japan bombings were worse. But they were used to end a world war. The 9/11 attacks started a new war. The Japanese were warned about the atomic bombs and asked to stop fighting and they didn't. No one went to the U.S. with any legal demands or warnings. So for those reasons I would say that while both were awful the 9/11 attacks were worse

  • The atomic bombs ended a war, while 9/11 started one.

    The atomic bomb was the only option for the Americans to stop 6 years of brutal war. An invasion would have cost millions of innocent civilians instead of hundreds of thousands, the Japanese were planning to drop a bomb that would have started a pandiemic in the US (search up Unit 731 and Cherry Blossoms in the Night Sky) and after the nazis were defeated in Europe, the Soviets were planing to invade Japan. We all know what happens if communism and capitalism clash. (Vietnam, Korea and East and West Germany). The 9/11 started a war in Afghanisthan and later Iraq and also sparked terror groups such as ISIS.

  • The 911 attacks.

    The 9/11 terrorist attacks were much worse then the atomic bombings in Japan. This is because the 9/11 terrorist attacks were not on any ones mind, no one had a warning and we were not in a war at the time. The atomic bombings were a result of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor.

  • 9/11 had no purpose.

    September 11 was worse than the atomic bombings in Japan, because on September 11, people were attacked for no other reason than to kill innocents. The purpose of the atomic bombings were to put an end to World War II, where many innocent people were suffering. The only purpose of September 11 was to inflict terror.

  • The Atomic Bombings happened during a war

    Both of these events were terrible-while the atomic bombs were devastating and radiation sickness killed people for years afterward, it was during a war, from a country they attacked. During war, you cannot be surprised if your country is attacked- that's what war is. 9/11 came completely out of nowhere, during a time of peace. Yes, Hiroshima and Nagasaki had more casualties and the city was damaged, but 9/11 killed 3000 people who went to work that day, and had NO idea that such a thing could happen. Also, while the atomic bombings of Japan ended a war, 9/11 started two.


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