Monday, April 11, 2016

Kerry Visits Hiroshima Memorial and Underlines U.S.-Japan Alliance - The New York Times

It is a good thing that John Kerry visited the Hiroshima Memorial and that President Barack Obama hopes to do the same.  Maybe after the election because Americans don't have the courage to admit that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unprecedented war crimes which we committed.  If any nation actually used nuclear weapons today it would be vilified universally.  And everyone knows it.  That's why nuclear weapons development and even treaties like the Iran accord arelittle more than kabuki theatre - into which hole enormous resources are dumped. - gwc

Kerry Visits Hiroshima Memorial and Underlines U.S.-Japan Alliance - The New York Times

by Jonathan Soble
HIROSHIMA, Japan — Secretary of State John Kerryattended a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima on Monday for victims of the American atomic bombing 71 years ago, becoming the highest-ranking United States administration official to visit the site of one of the most destructive acts of World War II.
The visit is likely to intensify speculation about whether President Obama will go to Hiroshima during a planned trip to Japan next month. Mr. Obama would be the first sitting American president to visit the city, a decision that would resonate deeply in Japan but would be controversial at home.
“Everyone should visit Hiroshima, and everyone means everyone,” Mr. Kerry said at a news conference on Monday in response to a question about whether Mr. Obama would go. He said that the president had been invited by Japanese officials and that he would like to visit someday, but Mr. Kerry added: “Whether or not he can come as president, I don’t know.”
Mr. Kerry spoke after he and other leading diplomats from the Group of 7 industrialized countries toured Hiroshima’s atomic bomb museum, laid flowers at a cenotaph in its Peace Memorial Park and examined the former exhibition hall that stood directly under the atomic blast and has been preserved as a skeletal monument. He called the experience “stunning” and “gut-wrenching.”

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