Skip to comments.Hiroshima 65 years later: US attends ceremony, but offers no apology
Posted on 08/06/2010 7:59:03 AM PDT by americanophile
Sixty-five years after the United States dropped "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, effectively ending World War II and ushering in an era of nuclear dread, the US sent its first delegation to the annual ceremony to remember the over 100,000 Japanese who lost their lives in the bombing.
Britain and France also sent representatives for the first time.
While some Japanese hailed the presence of the US and other nuclear powers as a sign of commitment to eventual nuclear disarmament, for others it was too little, too late. Some Japanese still want an apology for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while others complained about the absence of President Obama.
Some of Hiroshimas hibakusha as atomic bomb survivors are known criticized the US ambassador for failing to meet with them, apologize for the bombing, or even offer a floral tribute. Others however, saw his visit as a sign of progress.
On the streets of Tokyo, there were mixed feelings regarding the US delegations attendance. Its good theyve come, but why has it taken 65 years? asked an office worker who was watching the mornings ceremony from Hiroshima on public broadcast NHK. And really, Obama should be here after the speeches hes made about nuclear weapons."
US Ambassador to Japan John Roos was joined by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and delegates from over 70 countries as Prime Minister Naoto Kan implored the world to accept the Japanese people's hope that nuclear destruction never takes place again."
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Why not "offer" fist pumps, high fives and end zone dances?
Were they expecting one?
How about the same time we get an apology for Pearl Harbor
And China gets one for “The Rape of Nanking”, which Japanese textbooks won’t even acknowledge.
Should the US apologize for saving the lives of countless Japanese lives? Millions of Japanese would have been killed if the US had invaded the home islands. Doesn’t everybody know this?
How about the same time we get an apology for Pearl Harbor
And the Bataan Death March!!
And the Korean comfort women
And Unit 731
Would they have liked it any better had we invaded Japan? I think not. They would be demanding an apology for that, too.
Here’s an apology that might work. “We’re sorry we couldn’t have dropped them sooner. Think of all the additional lives that might have been spared. We’re also sorry you haven’t apologized to anyone for all the things you did during WWII.”
I’m shocked that the Bowzer-in-Chief was absent.
The Japs are lucky we didn’t drop one on Toyko.
We are sorry we saved so many japanese lives by dropping the bomb instead of invading. Next time we will go for maximum carnage. Satisfied?
CC, you are so right.
They started the War,and we ended it.
So what’s the problem?
This should be the purpose of war - to destroy the enemy until they either submit or are extinguished.
I'm happy that we have a friendly relationship with Japan now, but in no way should America ever apologize for doing the right thing to protect her interests or the lives of her citizens.
This effort to whitewash history will only cause humanity to repeat the tragedies of the past.
I wrote one, why didn’t they use it:
Were sorry you started the war, committed heinous war crimes and were such fanatics that the dropping of atomic bombs was the only way to end the war and minimize casualties.
No apologies. EVER!
The Japanese were - and still are - Just like a criminal who is regretful for having been caught, not for the criminal act.
They are a pitifully arrogant people that truly believe that they exist on a higher plane than most all others in the world. They believe that if they do something bad to you it’s YOUR fault because YOU did not stop it. That’s why they have showed only the most minimal of contrition for 60 years.
It’s all a holdover from that twisted, bushido honor crap that they can’t get out of their DNA.
They think that if they can get us to apologize for the bombs then that somehow washes them clean of their barbaric rampage throughout the entire war. They know Obozo is their BEST chance for an official apology.
Well, I guess they could have continued to fight instead of surrendering. Their population today would be about 2 million, and no real post war recovery to talk about. Maybe they should thank us for all the major investments that made their recovery possible?
My father was in Nagasaki two weeks after they dropped the bomb. He’d just spent the last four years in the Pacific in some pretty hairy spots (including Guadalcanal, Coral Sea, Leyte, Iwo, Okinawa) and earning 7 battle stars. He is one of the dwindling few who have witnessed the result of the use of “the bomb” first hand, and his views on their use is complex. One of the items he has kept all these years is a little twisted brown thing - almost unrecognizable - but it is a fused portion of a human spine, the last remains of some poor soul lost. It isn’t kept as a trophy of the vanquished, but as kind of a memorial to the completeness of war. I don’t know what I’ll do with it when he passes - maybe it belongs at home in Japan.
Their self-righteousness and denial defies belief.
We should be funding the building of a 13 story Christian church at the site. Just to show we hold no grudges.
War is an awful thing. Japan shouldn’t have started it. Millions died as a result.
Not true. An invasion was not necessary. The Japanese (who were being strangled by the blockade) were ready to agree to a conditional surrender (thus avoiding an invasion) BEFORE the bombs were dropped. The sticking point was whether they could keep the emperor. Truman, backed up by his bitter end New Deal advisors who wanted to eliminate all vestiges of the imperial regime, refused. Ironically, Truman finally agreed to such a conditional surrender when, after dropping of the two bombs, the Japanese still held out on this point. It was not necessary to INTENTIONALLY violate the ancient rules of war by INTENTIONALLY kill thousands of babies and little old ladies (many who lived in Nagasaki, the heart of Japanese Christianity) solely to promote terror.
My grandchildren are almost old enough to get the same "never forget" rant that my children got so that these "rewrite" historians never get their way.
An embargo is an act of war. Who “started” that?
“Im shocked that the Bowzer-in-Chief was absent”
If Obozo had gone to that circus sideshow his approval rating would have dropped 10 more points overnight. Only the hardcore, insane left of left would approve of that. Zero’s popularity in Indonesia would be destroyed also. They think he’s like a native son. And probably is. Japan was brutal on the Indonesians as everywhere.
Oh and maybe apologize to the “comfort girls” while they are down on their knees too.
Bush 41 barfed in the Japanese Prime Minister’s lap - that is more appropriate.
So is invading other countries...which they did BEFORE any embargo’s were in place. GO READ A REAL HISTORY BOOK.
An embargo is NOT an act of war.
Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931.
Japan signed a tri-party pact with Italy and Germany.
Japan ignored in place treaties on Naval battleship tonnage.
Japan has NOBODY to blame, but herself.
Quite true but is worth mentioning that the fire bombing killed far fewer as a proportion of Tokyo's population than each of the bombs did in one fell swoop of Nagasaki and Hiroshima's population.
I was simply stating a fact (e.g. how an embargo is defeind under international law) that applied to U.S/Japan relations. As to your point, plenty of countries in the wold have invaded "other countries" in the last few decades. Are you suggesting that we should go to war with all of them? If so, I may need a history book but you'll need a whole factory of money printing presses to pay for that!
The one’s who got vaporized were luckiest of those civilians who died in the bombs.
The not so lucky, were the civilians who got starved to death inch by inch in almost ALL the areas that Japan invaded during the war.
here’s an apology, “sorry we didnt have the bomb sooner, butterhead!”
How about this:
I'm sorry we had to sell our souls to a WMD and communism, sacrifice many thousands of young American lives, spend billions of dollars, and spark three more American wars to stop your tyrannical emperor from murdering/raping/torturing every human being on the planet that got in his way of his goal to conquer and share the world with Nazi Germany.
IF it were up to me, I’d say we will never apologize for that. Never. So that we could finally stop seeing these dumb stories every years saying ‘we didn’t apologize yet’.
We’re not going to apologize. It saved more Japanes lives ending the war this way than a full scale invasion would have. Besides victors do not apologize to the defeated INSTIGATORS who attacked us first.
Dick Cheney, showing them how its done..
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