There have been a lot of terrible things that have come out of the last 8 years, but this would rank in the top 10, if not top 5…
When John Kerry toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum this week before meeting foreign ministers at the G-7 Summit, Reuters reports that he had witnessed “haunting displays [of] photographs of badly burned victims, the tattered and stained clothes they wore and statues depicting them with flesh melting from their limbs.”
“It is a stunning display. It is a gut-wrenching display,” explained Kerry. “It is a reminder of the depth of the obligation every one of us in public life carries … to create and pursue a world free from nuclear weapons.”
Iran exempted, of course.
But, really, is this the lesson of Hiroshima? That those in public life have an obligation to do away with nuclear weapons? A lot of people might argue that existence of those weapons have saved lives from broader world conflicts and conventional warfare. That includes ending the Second World War sooner….
Barack Obama will also travel to Japan next month for the G-7. There’s a lot of speculation he will visit Hiroshima and offer some sort of apology. (If we’re to believe WikiLeaks, U.S. officials have been toying with the idea of having Obama say sorry for Hiroshima for a while now. And it comports well with his history.)
It would not be a great leap for Obama. Having a high-ranking American official visit the museum already lends credence to the Japanese notion that the U.S. bombing was gratuitous. On top of this, Kerry blames “nuclear weapons” — rather than Japan’s fanaticism and nihilism — for Hiroshima. So we’re on our way.
As far as I’ve been able to find Japan has only apologized to it’s own people for Pearl Harbor, but not America. If any apology were to come from us, AND IT SHOULD NOT, then it should at least come AFTER they apologize for dragging us into World War II in the first place.
I doubt that would ever happen, nor do I want it to. We don’t need an apology any more than they do. I know it’s hard for intellectual midgets like Obama and other liberals to understand, but dropping those bombs saved lives by ending the war MUCH sooner rather than later. Those bombs were dropped on a very different Japan than the one we live with today, one that had plenty of black marks on its national soul during and before the war. There is nothing to apologize for.
If Obama really does this then we will need to come together in every way imaginable (social media, petitions, press congress for a resolution) and send a clear message that he does not speak for America on this. I don’t know if any of that would happen, but that’s what the response should be.