Obama's historic but misguided visit to Hiroshima last week was in reality a continuation and completion of what he tacitly started on November 13, 2009: his "I'm sorry we nuked Japan" apology tour which began with his very low near 90 degree bow to Emperor Akihito (as embarrassingly seen above) which grossly violated presidential protocol and so puzzled the world while nauseating many Americans. There is no other logical explanation for why the most powerful man on earth (who heads the nation that defeated Japan in World War II) bowed with such humility and deference to a powerless figurehead monarch whose role in Japan is merely ceremonial.
An unbowing Obama with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama before he met with Akihito.
Indeed, why did Obama intentionally look so subservient to the powerless Akihito as if he were his subject and not so much as lowered his head in respect to Japan's then Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (or later to PM Abe) when they met? If Obama's reason for bowing so humbly to Akihito was to simply show respect (as the White House said) then where was his respect for Hatoyama whose position in Japan as head of state and commander-in-chief overshadows the powerless monarch? Indeed, as Japan's most powerful man Hatoyama deserved at least the same respectful bow if not something more profound-like dropping to his hands and knees and kissing his feet. But at their first meeting Obama simply smiled at Hatoyama and shook his hand (as seen above) while standing perfectly erect-which he did when he first met with Prime Minister Abe.
An unbowing Obama shaking hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at their fist meeting.
Ronald Reagan greeting Emperor Hirohito with a handshake.
The reason for Obama's odd, uncalled for behavior toward Akihito (which certainly surprised him) is no mystery: he was the son of Hirohito the Japanese emperor that Truman brought to his knees forcing him to unconditionally surrender Japan and end the war by nuking two Japanese cities. Indeed, because of their horrific and frightful capacity for destruction Obama and the Left want to abolish nuclear weapons from the earth believing that their creation was a tragic mistake and shouldn't have happened. In other words, Franklin Roosevelt should never have developed the bomb; and Harry Truman should not have dropped it. As the existence of nuclear weapons for leftists like Obama is a great evil (now superseded by human CO2 emissions) that potentially threatens the existence of mankind, in bowing to Akihito he was expiating his feelings of guilt, shame and remorse for Hiroshima and Nagasaki-which he likely believes (as many leftists do) were unforgivable crimes against humanity.
And when Obama last week became the first US president to visit Hiroshima-meeting with and hugging survivors of relatives who died there (many of whom want an apology from the US)-he was bringing to completion what he pathetically started with Akihito seven years before.
But, contrary to what Obama and the Left stupidly believe, the birth of nuclear warfare at Hiroshima was anything but a dark and evil day for humanity. Nuclear weapons in fact (as you'll see below) have on balance been a providential blessing to mankind benefiting the cause of world peace like nothing else in modern history.
Obama apologizing for Hiroshima with a hug to the relative of an A-bomb victim.
"Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning," said Obama at Hiroshima, "death fell from the sky and the world was changed."
Indeed, the world was changed that day but not for the worse as Obama mindlessly believes. For what fell from the sky was the beginning of peace as Hiroshima with its 100,000 dead was the beginning of the end of the worst, deadliest and costliest war in human history. Indeed, what began with Hiroshima was concluded by the nuking of Nagasaki after which a devastated Hirohito fearing millions would die from repeat attacks (threatened by a bluffing Truman) surrendered unconditionally to the US putting the fate of his country completely in our hands. And rising from the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was born a new and far better Japan transformed by America's command and helping hand into a peace-loving, highly industrious, prosperous liberal democracy-a great friend to America and asset to the world.
Totally oblivious to Obama and the Left is that these 71 years of the Nuclear Age compared to the 71 years before have been immensely more peaceful. Not only did nuclear weapons end World War II but they prevented a third world war between the US led democratic capitalist west and the Soviet led totalitarian socialist east (the conflict was ended without firing a single shot). In fact, since Hiroshima and Nagasaki there have been no Great Power Wars (not a single one!) as if they've become a thing of the past. Just look at the facts:
The 71 years prior to the nuking of Japan saw the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), the Serbio-Bulgarian War (1885), the Greco-Turkish War (1897), the Russo-Japanese War (1901), the two Balkan Wars (1912-1913); and, of course, World Wars I and II the most horrific wars in human history where up to 100 million people (mostly civilians) died.
But since the "terrible" dawn of the Nuclear Age only small wars not great ones have been fought: the wars in Korea and Vietnam, several Arab-Israeli wars, the Iran-Iraq War, two Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, etc.
At Hiroshima Obama ignorantly said,
"We may not realize this goal [abolishing nuclear weapons] in my lifetime, but persistent effort can roll back the possibility of catastrophe."
Abolishing nuclear weapons and rolling back history to the status quo ante of the pre-Nuclear Age would return mankind to the catastrophic period of Great Power Wars where great nations unbridled and unchecked by the mutually assured destruction of nuclear war would likely start terrifying world wars all over again. Who wants that?
In short, the Nuclear Age has meant more peace and less war; the pre-Nuclear Age less peace and far greater and worse war. Those like Obama who want to abolish nuclear weapons, fault this country for their creation and use, and want to return mankind to the terrible era before Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well meaning but muddle-headed, morally confused unAmerican fools. THE BOMB was invented by the United States to end the worst war in history, and to make sure that such wars never happen again. And so far it has worked.
FDR, TRUMAN AND THE UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF JAPAN