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Hiroshima: no apology needed
August 6, 2010
7:02 pm
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For the first time ever, an official US delegation -- dispatched by President Obama -- will be in Hiroshima today to note the anniversary of the atomic bomb attack that brought an end to the bloodiest war in human history.

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Ambassador John Roos will join Japanese officials and survivors at the Peace Memorial Park near the original ground zero, where he will lay a wreath to "express respect for all the victims of World War II," the State Department said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon -- a Korean -- will be there, too; he's expected to call on the US president personally to visit the city.

The State Department insists, of course, that none of this represents an apology for the 1945 bombing -- and for the one at Nagasaki, three days later, which effectively ended World War II.

But it's hard to see the gesture as anything other than an implicit concession of US misconduct, given Obama's past eagerness to apologize for US actions -- none of which merited an apology of any sort.

The notion that Japan is due such consideration borders on the bizarre.

Tokyo waged horrifically aggressive war throughout Asia from 1937 until America finally put an end to it with the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombing. (And anyone who doubts that need only Google "Rape of Nanking" for a taste.)

Why Ban Ki-Moon, a Korean, is participating is itself a mystery -- given Japan's brutal five-decade occupation of the Korean peninsula. (Google "Korean comfort women" for further details.)

But all that happened long ago, right?

It's time for reconciliation, right?

Well, sure.

Except that Japan can't seem to bring it self to concede guilt for the unimaginable suffering it caused -- not in any meaningful sense, anyway.

And just three years ago, recall, Japan's foreign minister was forced to resign after speaking the truth: that the atomic bombings "ended the war and . . . couldn't be helped."

State Department spokesman Noel Clay says the wreath-laying is meant to help "ensure that such a tragedy does not happen again."

Just how that works isn't clear.

But it also entirely misses the point.

America effectively concluded the bloodiest conflict in history 65 years ago this week with two swift, decisive blows.

End of war.

End of story.

No need to say sorry.

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SR: Exactly.....

And on behalf of all the Servicemen/Women from All The Allied Powers,Asians, and Japanese who were saved from a further conflict...Thank You Colonel Paul Tibbets !

August 7, 2010
2:31 am
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Amen

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

August 7, 2010
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"The_Joker" wrote: Amen

You shock me more and more each damn day. Well done, sir.

War is an extension of economics and diplomacy through other means.

Economics and diplomacy are methods of securing resources used by humans.

Securing resources is the one necessary behavior for all living things.

War = Life

August 7, 2010
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Ditto..Wing
http://www.chinasmack.com/wp-content/up ... ims-16.jpg

we were soooo naive

But hey that's "okay" The Soviet Union is done, the Russian mafia has crap to sell to terrorists and "third world countries"

It's just a matter of time.
Terrifying.

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Why? Are you having fun?
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August 7, 2010
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"Wing-Zero" wrote: [quote="The_Joker"]Amen

You shock me more and more each damn day. Well done, sir.

Why does my response shock you? But because I am a new contributor to this site you all don't know me, that is okay, suffice to say I am a current serving O6'er. How's that for a shock??

None of the Allies of WWII should have to apologize for a legitimate act of war, the Japs were warned prior to Hiroshima and Nagasaki both the refused unconditional surrender.

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

August 7, 2010
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Joker,
my apologies.. I didn't realize Wing-0 was aiming that at you..I was aiming it at a certain "Southwest Ranger"

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

August 7, 2010
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Why is it either Soutwest or Billy bring up this deliberate murder of two civilian populations year after year? It's one thing for the Hibakusha to ask for an apology and their government on their behalf, but this annual vindictive justification of those murders is bit annoying and boring.

August 7, 2010
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This was not the bloodiest war ever, the bloodiest was the War of Northern Aggression. Apologize hell.

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" Let the Good Times Roll

August 7, 2010
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Not only should we make apologies...but they should also be backed by amends in the form of reparations.

The Few assume to be the deputies, but they are often only the despoilers of the Many.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

August 7, 2010
9:56 pm
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Speaking of Apologies...The Japanese Should APOLOGISE FOR....

Pearl Harbour
The Asian Comfort Women
The POW Mistreatment
The Bombing Of Darwin in Feb 19th 1942....
Unit 731
Bataan Death March
Mistreatment Of Asians
Offshore attacks on Ships off our West Coast....
Siding with Adolf Hitler...

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