Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Comment by Dale A. Wood on August 9th, 2013 at 9:34 am

” Hiroshima was chosen because of its large size, its being “an important army depot” (a description which today seems to have been exaggerated)”

Hiroshima is also an important seaport in Japan, and it has been for centuries.
Both Hiroshima (on Honshu) and Nagasaki (on Kyushu) are important seaports.
These are important facts to MENTION, whether or not you personally think that this was important at the time.
Yes, the Imperial Japanese fleet and the merchant fleet had both been largely eliminated by the end of July 1945. However, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did have the effect of tightening the blockade of (the whole country) of Japan even further. These facts are worth mentioning because they made Hiroshima and Nagasaki military targets, to a certain extent.
On the other hand, Kyoto, Nagato, and Tokyo were not military targets at all, especially since Tokyo and Nagato had been larely destroyed by firebombing already.

Comment by Dale A. Wood on August 9th, 2013 at 9:55 am

The word “trinitrotolulene”, like the names of almost all chemicals, it a common noun and it is NOT capitalized. Please correct this. This is despite the fact that the name is abbreviated TNT.
Well, this is true for other chemical compounds: dexiribonucleaic acid is abbreviated DNA, and ribonucleaic acid is abbreviated RNA, and liquid oxygen is abbreviated LOX, and liquid hydrogen is abbreviated LH2, but none of this makes these proper nouns.
There are a few chemicals whose names are proper nouns because they are registered trademarks, but this is a legal issue, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the way substances are named in chemistry.
Other names of common explosives include gunpowder, nitroglycerin, dynamite, nitrocellulose, torpex, and plastic explosive, but these are all common nouns.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on August 9th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thank you, Dale, for your feedback. Your points are well taken and appropriate improvements will be made to the article based on your suggestions. Thank you again for taking the time to comment, and to help make NWE a valuable information resource.

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