Pearl Harbor or 9/11?

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I didn't know we were doing the whole "aftermath" thing now. Are we talking "mental anguish" and "pain and suffering" like lawyers do?

 

OK, forget about the aftermath, then. Oklahoma City still pales in comparison, how could anyone disagree?

 

Oklahoma City: 169 dead

Pearl Harbor: 2,402 Americans dead

9/11: around 3,000 dead

 

Still think you have a case?

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Oh? That view isn't supported by this extract from the linked article:

 

 

Much of the armor and defensive weaponry of the bombers was removed to allow increased bomb loads; Japanese air defense in terms of night-fighters and anti-aircraft guns was so feeble it was hardly a risk. The first raid of this type on Tokyo was on the night of 23–24 February when 174 B-29s destroyed around one square mile (3 km²) of the city. Following on that success, as Operation Meetinghouse, 334 B-29s raided on the night of 9–10 March, dropping around 1,700 tons of bombs. Around 16 square miles (41 km²) of the city was destroyed and over 100,000 people are estimated to have died in the fire storm. The destruction and damage was at its worst in the city sections east of the Imperial Palace. It was the most destructive conventional raid, and the deadliest single bombing raid of any kind in terms of lives lost, in all of military aviation history.
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