In August of 1945, President Harry S. Truman ordered the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in doing so, he put he an effective end to World War II, which had already taken an untold number of lives.
While the nuclear annihilation of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki was indeed horrific, it was neither unjustified nor “evil,” though not surprisingly, President Barack Obama expressed the very opposite while speaking in Hiroshima on Friday.
“We may not be able to eliminate man’s capacity to do evil, so nations and the alliances that we form must possess the means to defend ourselves,” he said. “But among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them.”
How about having the courage to recognize what spurred U.S. involvement in World War II in the first place — namely the actions of Japan — as well as the countless atrocities committed by the then-empire state?
Hiroshima? Bataan Death March, Bangka Island Massacre, Sandakan Death March, The Rape of Nanking, Pearl Harbor. We owe no apology.
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Japan’s sneak attack on Peal Harbor left 2,403 Americans dead and another 1,178 wounded. Likewise, the Bataan Death March, whereby thousands of American and Filipino prisoners in the Philippines were forced to march a hundred miles without water or food, left somewhere between 5,000 and 11,000 people dead.
But even these atrocities pale in comparison to Rape of Nanking, during which Japanese soldiers laid waste to the capital city of then-Nationalist China and murdered somewhere between 200,000 to 400,000 men, women and children.
— KeepCalmAndDrawl (@FormerlyFormer) May 28, 2016
In labeling the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as “evil,” Obama did more than just surreptitiously apologize for America’s actions in World War II. He also excused the behavior of Japan, which at the time was acting like an expansionist, genocidal aggressor.
In fact, if anyone should have issued an apology on Friday, it should have been the leaders of Japan …
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