Hiroshima memorial visit: unspoken apology or commitment to disarmament?
While some Japanese still want an apology for the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Obama Administration called the first official US visit to the annual Hiroshima commemoration a demonstration of its commitment to nuclear disarmament.
While some Japanese still want an apology for the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and on Nagasaki three days later, President Barack Obama's administration is calling it a demonstration of its commitment to nuclear disarmament.
Opinion is also divided in the US, where many believe the nuclear attacks hastened Japan’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945 without the need for a potentially catastrophic land invasion.
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Gene Tibbets, whose deceased father, Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets, piloted the Enola Gay, said that the decision to attend the ceremony amounted to an “unspoken apology” for the attack.
“It's making the Japanese look like they're the poor people, like they didn't do anything,” he told Fox News this week. “They hit Pearl Harbor, they struck us. We didn't slaughter the Japanese. We stopped the war.”