Obama Considers a Visit to Hiroshima: WW2 Victors Must Reflect as the First Step to World Peace
Will President Obama Finally Visit the Atomic Bomb Site in Hiroshima?
The U.S. Department of Justice disclosed that President Obama is considering a visit to the atomic bomb site in Hiroshima during Mie’s G7 Summit due to be held in late May. Newspapers reported the information on the 23rd. The Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, said that it’s vital for world leaders to visit the atomic bomb sites in order to encourage the creation of a nuclear free world. Expectations of Obama’s visit are rising amongst the Hiroshima victims of the atomic bombing.
The Nobel Peace Prize for a Non-Nuclear World
In April 2009, not long after his inauguration, Obama gave a speech in Prague, Czech Republic. He asserted that America, being the only nuclear possessing country to have used nuclear weapons, would become the first in line to create a peaceful and safe world without nuclear weapons.
He followed this by various speeches and actions that promoted a non-nuclear world, for which he was given the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year. Although there are people in the U.S. who have reflected on the dropping of the atomic bombs in Japan, there are still many who voice the opinion that the atom bomb was the quickest way of ending the war.
The Distorted Justification for Dropping the A-Bomb Is Now Mirrored in the North Korea Problem
Japan back then, however, hardly had any strength left to fight, and the U.S. knew this. In any case, there is no way that a holocaust, killing tens of thousands in an instant, could be justified at all. In the International Military Tribunal for the Far East after the war, the GHQ, headed by the U.S., prosecuted Japanese leaders for ‘crimes against humanity’, but in reality, it was the U.S. leaders who should have been prosecuted for that crime.
Today, the U.S. is racking its brains out over problems with North Korea and the Middle East. You reap what you sow: these problems are a mirror reflection of the U.S.’s distorted justification for using nuclear weapons in the first place.
Consider that the U.S. chose not to drop the bombs on Germany, but on Japan; it clearly shows America’s racists intentions. In addition, it manipulated official information in order to paint the image of a devil onto Japan, one that is worthy of annihilation, just to gain the support of China. The U.S. made the wrong decision in both instances.
Obama should visit Hiroshima’s atomic bomb site, and apologize. This will also become a message to the international community now in the midst of chaos.
The “Evil” Label Placed on Japan Caused the Rise of China and North Korea
On a more basic level, the apology should be an act of reflection on the use of America’s status as a WW2 victor to place an ‘evil country’ label on Japan. This act itself has led to the rise of dictatorial countries such as post-war U.S.S.R. and the current Chinese and North Korean regimes.
Japan’s true intention for fighting the war was to free Asia from Euro-American colonization and its inherent white supremacist ideas. Without acknowledging this truth, the world will neither attain peace, nor will it ever establish a code of justice.
Mie’s G7 Summit commences on May 3rd, and will mark a turning point in the year of the 70th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal.
It is our sincere hope that the American President’s visit to the bombsite and his apology will become a starting point for the world to reflect upon the victor’s misjudgment of Japan’s role in WW2.