Monday, April 11, 2016

I'm Sorry, So Sorry. Please Accept My Apologies...

In response to a news report regarding the frequently discussed question of whether Secretary Kerry might apologize for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during his visit to Hiroshima I posted the following.

The irony is absolutely profound. The nation in which conducted some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind (and still refuses to sincerely apologize for them) nevertheless expects an apology from one of her victims because her atrocities were the seeds of later atrocities. I could thoroughly support the peace efforts at Hiroshima if they were entirely directed at ending war. That is a strong thread in the web, of course, but there is also a strong thread of "Poor Japan" and even "Wicked America". This reality is brutal, disgusting, almost unthinkable, but the use of the atomic bomb saved both Japanese and American lives. War is an atrocity. War is always an atrocity. That is the message, or at least, it should be.

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