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What “Terrible Force” Was Unleashed?

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U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at a cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

In his much-praised Hiroshima speech, President Obama appropriately avoided a formal apology for America’s decision to drop the atom bomb. Yet his soaring rhetoric strongly implied moral equivalency between the United States and Japan in taking responsibility for the suffering of the war. In fact, no such equivalency exists: the Japanese decision to attack Pearl Harbor was meant to begin a war, while America’s choice to use atomic weapons served to end the war and stop the killing as quickly as possible.

The President said “we come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past.” That “force” wasn’t a new kind of weapon, and it wasn’t unleashed by the United States. It was the evil force of Japanese imperialism and German Hitlerism. It was only through total, crushing victory of the Allies that we purged that “terrible force” from the world, and transformed the great nations of Japan and Germany into the civilized societies they are today.

 

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  1. Jim Bird  •  Jun 2, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Would you expect something different from a jerk like Obama?

  2. Rich  •  Jun 3, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Well, people like you who want a president to act and speak in a "presidential" manner should be happy with the "soaring" rhetoric. Just so long as our country's primary representative sounds presidential, we should be okay. This article is another example of a weak argument. The president is saying exactly what he wants because men like Medved are powerless to stop him.

    • Jim Bird  •  Jun 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Jeezus Rich, is there a point somewhere there, or over here. Your soaring rhetoric about Obama's soaring gibberish, is truly way over my moronic mind?@!?

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