Apologize for Hiroshima and Nagasaki?


It’s time for the annual calls for the U.S. to apologize for using the atomic bomb on Japan to end the Pacific part of World War II.

Along with some eloquent op-ed contributors to the August 11, 2015 edition of the Raleigh News & Observer, I submit that not only did President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb not only saved millions of American, Japanese, and other lives that would have been lost if Japan did not surrender, but also that the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during the war far outweigh the consequences of the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Today we are able to review the facts easily and quickly with a few keystrokes and an Internet search engine, and the facts show that the Japanese military murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians, enslaved hundreds of thousands more, executed tens of thousands of  prisoners of war, and forcing the U.S. into war in the first place with the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Search “WWII Japanese atrocities” to find, for example:

http://listverse.com/2014/05/06/10-japanese-atrocities-from-world-war-ii/

The following link contains information about Japan’s apologies for their military’s atrocities, including some reparations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

Is a U.S. apology needed?  I’m on the side that says no.

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