Forgive us your majesty for bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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 As the existence of nuclear weapons for leftists like Obama is a great evil (now superseded by human CO2 emissions) that potentially threatens the existence of mankind, in bowing to Akihito he was expiating his feelings of guilt, shame and remorse for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.

President Eisenhower: regret or apology:

"During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had
been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my
grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was
already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely
unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should
avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment
was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American
lives. . . ."


Our war policy toward Japan set by Franklin Roosevelt, supported by both Houses of Congress (with few dissenting voices) and continued by President Truman was "UNCONDITIONAL VICTORY." This meant UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER of the Japanese: surrender without conditions upon our terms alone (a non-negotiated peace) where the Japanese completely put themselves and their entire empire (which was still largely intact in China) in our power and under our control.

It wasn't until after Nagasaki, and the fear of more Nagasakis, that our policy of "unconditional surrender" was accepted by Hirohito and the political and military leadership of Japan. It was then and only then that the Empire of Imperial Japan ceased to exist and we achieved "Unconditional Victory."




  1. Obama would have let 250,000 GIs get killed, 500,000 get wounded, and 2 million more Japanese get killed just so that he could feel morally superior. Obama said that people’s morality had to evolve as fast as technology evolved. In other words, he thinks that dropping the bombs was immoral. So he wouldn’t have done it. He would have let all of those needless deaths occur, so that he could feel superior to the GIs and everyone else. All of those lives get sacrificed for his friggin ego.

  2. Excellent post Mr. Apollo! And you’re sooo right about “unconditional surrender.” Our insistence on that policy provided the Japanese people the opportunity to throw off the yoke of their imperial military government and become a stable, prosperous democracy. We removed every last remnant of the class that misled their nation to a war of aggression.

  3. Apollo makes perfect sense. Why would Obama bow to the figurehead Jap Emperor and not the Jap PM unless it was an apology to Hirohito through his son?

  4. Obama still has his 15 year old mentality stuck in his brain, America sucks, nukes bad, just gonna smoke my dope!

  5. Very perceptive Apollo.

    The War in the Pacific came to an end in August 1945 when the Emporer of Japan announced Japan’s acceptance of the terms of unconditional surrender in his famous broadcast. This ended a long and painful war which started in 1932 with Japan’s aggression against China. It included the Rape Of Nanking and 30 million deaths in Asia mostly civilian and mostly unspeakable acts of cruelty. Max Hastings chronicals this story in his remarkable book “Retribution”. The US did not start this war but did stop it cold in its tracks. Before using the bomb, Truman informed Stalin of his intention at Potsdam. With Stalin’s enthusiastic approval Truman proceeded with it’s use. Anyone else would have done the same.

    1. Harry Truman’s decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan saved millions of lives if Japan had been invaded in 1945,…those lives were saved,many of them Americans!

      Does this low end 1/2 man,Obama,think that millions of American and Japanese deaths were preferable to 100’s of thousands of dead Japanese in the two nuked cities?

      1. Dropping the bombs doubtless saved tens of millions of JAPANESE lives. The population was 70 million, the death rate on the outlying islands was close to 100%: Would it be too much to guess that 50% would have died defending the Home Islands or from starvation and disease as we fought across their farmlands?

        1. That’s the truth,….but a piece of crap like Obama wouldn’t care!
          His reality is the garbage in his head,…real world facts don’t interest him!

        2. There would have been millions more deaths on both sides, and to win by invasion would have required genocide of the Japs.

  6. I keep waiting for something, anything, intelligent to pass through Obama’s lips. I guess I will forever be waiting.

    Great post Apollo!!
    You already know how I feel about Japan back then!
    Didn’t Obama just say they can have weapons again?

  7. All one need to do is read John Hersey’s book “Hiroshima”. He was a journalist and was present after t he bombing. This was required reading for my course in Radiologic Technology and later my daughter was required to read it in High School. The civilians in both cities were WARNED TO TAKE FOOD AND WATER AND FLEE TO THE HILLS BY WAY OF MULTIPLE DROPPINGS OF LEAFLETS INTRUCTING THEM IN THEIR OWN PROTECTION. Too bad some of the Japanese still worship at the shrines of their former fascist warmongers. UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER was the one thing the Emperor would not agree to until the second city–Nagasaki was bombed. The bombings would have been unnecessary if the Emperor of Japan had accepted the surrender terms from the Americans instead of stonewalling.

  8. Yes Apollo, it’s all very simple. Those who want to eliminate nukes from the world believe that their creation was morally wrong and their use even more immoral. That would make the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki war crimes that we should apologize for……just as the Japs apologized for some of their crimes.

  9. Until I hear Obama say that if he was Harry Truman he would have A-bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki then his bowing to the Jap emperor and visit to Hiroshima were apologies.

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