Barack Obama’s trip to Hiroshima will be tricky. He wants desperately to apologize but the Japanese government has said they don’t want an apology. They want him to come and decry nuclear weaponry which is certainly a bad message from a US president in this city.
Obama has to let them know the US is very sorry without a formal declaration and he will have to do it indirectly which he will.
In September 2009, US Ambassador to Japan John Roos reported to the Obama administration that the Japanese government did not think it was a good idea for President Obama to visit Hiroshima to apologize for the US having dropped an atomic bomb on that city, a secret cable published by Wikileaks revealed.
Obama’s SPOX claimed at the time that Obama wasn’t going to apologize but everyone knows he has been itching to apologize. He did bow down to the Emperor at the time.
Obama will visit Hiroshima after the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in late May.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan has informed the United States that it is not seeking an apology for the atomic bombings that took place during the war.
“We’re not asking for an apology,” Kishida said in a speech in Hokkaido on Saturday. Senior U.S. officials said Friday that Obama is likely to become the first sitting American president to make a visit to Hiroshima.
That’s really nice of them since they bombed us first and got us into World War II after killing 1,177 crewmen and all 21 members of the Arizona’s band, known as U.S. Navy Band Unit (NBU) on the Arizona alone. The Arizona is now a memorial and the bubbles still come to the surface from the ship in a haunting cry from their mass graves. The men are all buried there and sailors who survived have their ashes buried with them when the die – with their fellows who didn’t make it.
In total, 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships. All of the Americans killed or wounded during the attack were non-combatants, given the fact there was no state of war when the attack occurred.
They also brutally tortured, starved and beheaded our soldiers when captured, defying the rules of war.
Japan refused to surrender after Germany was taken and if we hadn’t hit them, about half-a-million more American soldiers would have died in an invasion of Japan.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park earlier this month and hinted the US was sorry.
Obama is going to promote nuclear disarmament but he will certainly express regret in some way.
Actually, this is a case to hold on to nuclear weapons if you consider the circumstances of what took place.
The Japanese government has expressed its position that it is more important to continue with steady efforts toward nuclear disarmament than to demand an apology from its former enemy.
How obnoxious this all is. It was war.
The Japanese didn’t surrender after Hiroshima. It took the bombing of Nagasaki three days after Hiroshima to move Emperor Hirohito to announce Japan’s unconditional surrender six days later, citing the cruel weapon as the reason.