What would the Obama Administration do for an encore after reaching out to Iran and Cuba? How about sending Secretary of State John Kerry to Hiroshima to continue this weird “mea culpa” tour.
The city was levelled by a U.S. nuclear bomb on August 6, 1945 which Kerry said made for a “gut-wrenching” reminder of the need to get rid of nuclear weapons. Really?
About 140,000 Japanese died directly or indirectly due to the bombing, but historians contend that millions more would have perished if the conflict had continued unabated.
Imperial Japan had no intention of surrendering. The war would have dragged on had the U.S. not dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki three days later. Emperor Hirohito contended the Hiroshima blast was an anomaly. It was after the Americans proved their nukes weren’t flukes that Japan surrendered.
Having brought the U.S. into the war with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbour, it was the author of its own misfortune but do you think we’ll ever see a Japanese diplomat in Hawaii apologizing for that massacre?
Japan’s conduct in WW2 was egregious. Prisoners of war were tortured, starved, put on death marches, even beheaded and civilian women were gang-raped. The list of atrocities committed by Japan is long. Today, Japan is a G7 ally but don’t forget that some 75 years ago, they were the bad guys.
President Obama will be in Japan next month for a G7 leaders’ summit. Reports say he’s planning a visit to Hiroshima marking the first time a sitting President has ever visited the city. This would be yet another embarrassing sign of weakness by the superpower.
There’s no need for a U.S. president to apologize for a bombing that mercifully ended the war, sparing millions of innocent lives.
America’s lame-duck President needs to stop apologizing for stuff it’s never done.