Well, our president has been the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima since World War II. Two nuclear attacks. During his address, Mr. Obama called on nations to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. He said the memory of the 6th of August 1945 must never fade. But he did not apologize for the US attack.
It was the world’s first nuclear bombing. At least 140,000 people died in Hiroshima and another 74,000 three days later at a second bombing in Nagasaki. Mr. Obama first visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum before walking to the Peace Memorial accompanied by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Both men stood in front of the eternal flame. Mr. Obama laid a wreath first, followed by Mr. Abe.
“Death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” Mr. Obama said in his address, adding that the bombing showed that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself. Mr. Obama said that the memory of Hiroshima must never fade. It allows us to fight complacencies, fuels our moral imagination, and allows us to change.
Of nuclear weapons, he said “we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them.” Then the image of President Obama hugging a survivor will resonate deeply with the Japanese public. Strangely, opinion polls show that the majority of the people welcome this visit, and most seem didn’t seem to mind the absence of an apology,
While this is going on, Mr. Obama has approved a trillion dollars to “modernize” nuclear weapons. Standing just a few rows away from the president, as he always does, an officer could be seen holding the football. The football is a briefcase containing nuclear launch codes. From Hiroshima at that time, a nuclear war could have been initiated by the football, the briefcase. The nuclear code briefcase is loaded at the White House for the trip, and it’s ready to use. (Read More)