I have written many times on this blog about warfare, World War II, Veterans and the military. Additionally, several posts specifically addressed the Atom Bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan and, three days later, another was dropped on Nagasaki. Finally, Japan capitulated after that second detonation. One can only wonder how well President Harry S. Truman, and his senior advisors, slept the night before each bombing.
Japans’s wartime atrocities, back in the 1930s and 40s, are less well-known in the West than those committed by the Nazis in Europe. In Asia, however, the deaths, mutilations, and slave labor atrocities ran into the millions–both among citizens and allied forces. Many of the Letters, in Opinion pages nationwide, show a complete lack of historical perspective of the events surrounding those bombings. And, isn’t that the whole purpose of President Obama’s visit to the Peace Memorial?
Yesterday, President Barack Obama, along with the other attendees at the Tokyo G-7 Summit, accompanied Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. There, they laid wreaths. Ironically, during that time of reflection, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rejected any plans to reciprocate, by visiting Pearl Harbor. Unfortunately, like many of those Letter writers, Mr. Abe seems not to have learned the lesson which the Park evokes!
Sy Bukovsky’s amazing column, from the Philadelphia Daily News, correctly notes that the America and Japan today are not the same countries that they were some 71 years ago. Even more importantly, no nation has unleashed a nuclear (or atomic) bomb on another, since those fateful two explosion 71 years ago. The link is as follows: http://www.philly.com/Philly/columnists/stu_bykofsky/20160524_Byko__Apologize_for_Hiroshima__Hell__no_.html.