|One of many photos of Hiroshima in the aftermath of the 1945 nuclear bomb|
According to CNN (emphasis mine):
President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit the site of the U.S. atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan, the White House said Tuesday, a charged final-year stop meant to advance his goal of nuclear disarmament.Read the rest HERE.
The White House has said the United States does not owe Japan a formal apology for using the atomic bomb in August 1945. Instead, officials say the visit will serve as a reminder the terrible destruction that nuclear weapons can inflict....
Also see the Reuters article Obama's Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia.
The following Letter to the Editor expresses a different opinion about Obama's visit to Hiroshima (from the Washington Post, emphases mine):
Regarding the May 11 front-page article “Obama to visit Hiroshima site”:What is your opinion of Obama's visit to Hiroshima?
The poor optics of President Obama’s upcoming visit to Hiroshima, Japan, underscore the fading memory of successive generations. As decades pass, new political filters erase and attempt to rewrite the realities and suffering from Japan’s treachery in World War II. There’s a strong whiff of White House appeasement.
Be assured, the ceremonial-inclined Japanese will view the visit as an apology. It is an unsettling abandonment of the precious U.S. lives lost and risked to shield this country from ruthless Japanese belligerence. My generation cannot ignore the costs in American — and even Japanese — lives had the atomic bomb not been used to end the war. The alternative, an invasion of Japan, would have meant millions more American and Japanese casualties. Our brave actions saved millions of lives.
Also forgotten are other truths about Japan: a brutal invasion of Manchuria, the infamous rape of Nanking, the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Bataan death march, the starvation of prisoners of war, the use of Korean women as sex slaves and the unconscionable use of American prisoners of war as guinea pigs for testing biological weapons.
Gene Poteat, Alexandria