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To: markomalley; All
There is considerable movement under the surface, to arrange it--we have heard from multiple, good sources here in Tokyo. If in fact he goes, he will indeed apologize for the bombings and project that it was the fault of the United States and perhaps even a war crime.

However, as you might expect, for the life of them, they dont want to get it out, so they are keeping it under wraps until the last minute--one will know when one gets wind of the State Dept. and White House advance men when they hit town, if they start poking around Hiroshima or Nagasaki, we will know they are serious about adding it to "Obama's Great Worldwide Apology Tour 2009". The scoundrels are, the political section of the US Embassy in Tokyo (with particular input and pressure by our current ambassador here), and on the other side of the town, the Democratic Party of Japan (new, ruling party). In between are various liberal/leftist disarmament groups, the mayors of Hiro and Naga, the governors as well from those two prefectures (probably). Everyone is keeping rather hush hush about it, for they fear a huge PR explosion in the USA from "extremist hawk-types" back in their face, such as they got with the revisionist Enola Gay exhibition at the Air/Space Museum in D.C. some years ago.

This one indeed merits watching. Some well placed Republican Senators, if they had the b*lls, on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could get to the bottom of this one REAL quick, if you ask me.

12 posted on 10/27/2009 8:26:49 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (For once I AGREE with Obama. H1N1 IS a "national emergency". Stock MORE food, weapons, ammo, gold...)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

My original commentary was tongue-in-cheek.

Geez.

Thanks a lot.


18 posted on 10/27/2009 8:33:44 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

If we had not had atomic weapons, we would have invaded the Home Islands. It would have been like Okinawa, but worse. Our boys would have had to kill just about everybody to secure those islands.

Leave aside, for a moment, the American losses, which would have been huge. The loss of life on the Japanese side would have been in the Tens of Millions.

Those atomic bombs were the best thing that ever happened to Japan, because of what they prevented. It is an ugly truth, but war is an ugly business.


25 posted on 10/27/2009 8:44:34 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I would bet that your assessment is true.


33 posted on 10/27/2009 9:03:55 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying for -16 today.)
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