Should the U.S. apologize for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan?
Not only should the U.S. never apologize, but America’s position should always be that the bombings were regrettably made necessary by the militant fanaticism of the Japanese empire. We must never apologize for doing what was necessary to end the war and preserve thousands (if not millions) of lives on both sides of the conflict.
Secretary of State John Kerry is not apologizing to Japan for the atomic bombings, but he has made reconciliatory gestures towards the former foe and has even visited Hiroshima. Kerry is the highest-ranking U.S. government official to ever visit the site of the first nuclear bombing.
On Sunday, Kerry arrived in Hiroshima to attend a meeting with seven foreign ministers of various countries. On Monday, Kerry traveled with others to lay a wreath at the atomic bombing site in remembrance of the bombing victims.
The State Department has been very clear that the U.S. is not apologizing for the bombings, but the gesture in itself may send the wrong message.
A State Department official spoke with reporters prior to the visit and maintained,
“If you’re asking whether the secretary of state came to Hiroshima to apologize, the answer is no. If you’re asking whether the secretary and I think all Americans and all Japanese are filled with sorrow at the tragedies that befell so many of our countrymen, the answer is yes.”
“It is a stark, harsh, compelling reminder not only of our obligation to end the threat of nuclear weapons, but to re-dedicate all our effort to avoid war itself,” Kerry wrote in the memorial’s guest book.
Kerry called the visit “gut-wrenching.”
Kerry met with other key foreign ministers to discuss recent missile test in North Korea and increased aggression demonstrated by the rogue state.
Early on December 7th, 1941, America was thrust into a world war whether we liked it or not. Our Pacific fleet was devastated by a cowardly sneak attack and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor ushered-in the most massive war the world had ever known.
It ended in a similarly shocking fashion. From the air, the United States dropped a new bomb that ended the war and brought the diehard empire of Japan to its knees. On August 6th, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Days later, after the Japanese empire refused to surrender, we offered another reminder that the war was lost and dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The Japanese were forced to come to terms with their position and surrendered.
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was terrible and it was regrettable that the Japanese empire made it necessary. They pledged a war to rage-on until the last man, woman or child and a fullscale invasion appeared inevitable for the Allied powers. Thankfully, this tremendous invasion never took place and millions of lives were saved on both sides of the fight.
In this view, the atomic bombing was regrettably necessary- but necessary, it was.
Though it is important to maintain relations with Japan, a nation which is now a strong ally, the Obama Administration has a well-deserved reputation for cowardice on the world stage and decidedly anti-American posturing.
President Obama kicked-off his presidency in 2009 with what has become dubbed the “apology tour,” where he apologized profusely to the world for America and her foreign policies. Since then, Obama and the State Department have consistently promoted globalism and “one-world” mentality while downplaying the importance a strong American presence on the world stage has on global affairs.
Perhaps the most shameful act in Obama’s presidency came last month where Obama and his family visited the communist dictatorship of Cuba and repeatedly slammed America’s government and culture in full view of the world.
Kerry may not be officially apologizing to the Japanese, but his historic visit to the bombing site is certainly inappropriate given the anti-American sentiment readily displayed by this administration and their propensity for apologizing to nations on our behalf.