I’m privileged today to have one of the leaders of the international peace movement, Colonel Ann Wright, who served 29 years in the US Army and Army Reserves and retired as a colonel. She also served 16 years as a US diplomat in the US and around the world, including Afghanistan. She resigned from the US government in March of 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq. Welcome, Colonel Ann Wright.
Ann: Well, thank you Blase and good to be with you.
Blase: You’ve recently had an important visit to Honolulu, where you are, with the arrival of Mr. Abe from Japan. Would you care to comment on that visit?
Ann: Yes, the prime minister of Japan, Shinto Abe, was here in Honolulu and going to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial and other cemeteries around Honolulu. The purpose of the visit was to express condolences, not an apology, but condolences for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the sinking of many ships in that harbor. So on one level, President Obama, earlier this year, visited Hiroshima, Japan, to observe what the effects had been of the US dropping of two atomic weapons, one on Hiroshima and one on Nagasaki. He did not issue an apology for the United States dropping those bombs that incinerated hundreds of thousands of people. (Read More)