Apparently intent on maintaining his record as the Secretary of State with the most frequent flyer miles, John Kerry is now in Hiroshima, Japan. On Monday, he will become the highest ranking U.S official to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, where he’ll pay tribute to the Japanese people killed as a result of the U.S. atomic bomb attack in August 1945. The trip is widely viewed as a “test run” for a similar trip by President Obama later this year.
According to the UK Guardian, Kerry and other G7 foreign ministers will “feel how precious peace really is” and “learn about the immediate aftermath of the bombing, and how the city has transformed itself since the end of the war.”
So the ministers will learn about the immediate aftermath of the bombing, but not what led up to it. No mention will be made, it is safe to presume, of Japan’s invasion of Manchuria, its slaughter of millions of Chinese and other Asian civilians, its sneak attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor (launched before Japan delivered a declaration of war to the U.S.), the barbaric Bataan Death March, deplorable treatment of Allied soldiers and sailors at its POW camps, rape of Korean “comfort women,” or stubborn refusal to surrender even after the bombing of Hiroshima. Japanese leaders refused to surrender until nine days later — after the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb and the Soviet Union entered the war against Japan.
The Obama White House insists there will be no apologies. Yet, Kerry will sit and nod his head politely as he is lectured to by Japanese “pacifists” who aren’t particularly troubled by Japan’s actions during World War II, but who believe Harry S. Truman was a war criminal.
Participation in this Apology Theater is a slap in the face to every Allied soldier and sailor whose lives were spared because Truman was able to bring the war with Japan to an early conclusion. It is also fuel for the undying fire of nationalism and revisionism in Japan that denies history instead of confronting it.
What a truly sorry spectacle.
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