I’m beginning to loathe the very sight of The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer.
On Friday, May 27th he became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, the most potent symbol of the dawning of the nuclear age where the dropping of the first atomic bomb helped end World War II.
Media outlets throughout the globe used honeyed words to describe the event:
“In a solemn ceremony on a sunwashed afternoon, Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe placed wreaths before the cenotaph, a simple arched stone monument at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park.”
“Only the clicking of camera shutters intruded on the moment as Obama closed his eyes and briefly bowed his head.”
“Then, after each leader gave brief remarks, Obama approached two aging survivors of the bombing who were seated in the front row, standing in for the thousands still seared by memories of that day.”
For those who were born after the end of the global conflagration,
revisionism sanitized accounts of that day do little to explain what led to
President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
On August 6, 1945 returning to America from the Potsdam Conference, Truman was informed that the bomb had been dropped. Aboard the USS Augusta in the mid-Atlantic ocean, he informed the nation:
“Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of TNT. It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British "Grand Slam" which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare.”
“The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold. [Emphasis mine] And the end is not yet. With this bomb we have now added a new and revolutionary increase in destruction to supplement the growing power of our armed forces. In their present form these bombs are now in production and even more powerful forms are in development.”
“It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.”
“Before 1939, it was the accepted belief of scientists that it was theoretically possible to release atomic energy. But no one knew any practical method of doing it. By 1942, however, we knew that the Germans were working feverishly to find a way to add atomic energy to the other engines of war with which they hoped to enslave the world. But they failed. We may be grateful to Providence that the Germans got the V-1's and V-2's late and in limited quantities and even more grateful that they did not get the atomic bomb at all.”
“The battle of the laboratories held fateful risks for us as well as the battles of the air, land, and sea, and we have now won the battle of the laboratories as we have won the other battles.”
“We are now prepared to obliterate more rapidly and completely every productive enterprise the Japanese have above ground in any city. We shall destroy their docks, their factories, and their communications. Let there be no mistake; we shall completely destroy Japan's power to make war.”
“It was to spare the Japanese people from utter destruction that the ultimatum of July 26 was issued at Potsdam. Their leaders promptly rejected that ultimatum. If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth. Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such number that and power as they have not yet seen and with the fighting skill of which they are already well aware.”
In the summer of 1945, the city of Tokyo was decimated in the firebombing which killed about 100,000 people. Even so, the Japanese refused to surrender.
The near instant death of thousands in Hiroshima had to be followed by a second bombing of Nagasaki three days later to prove to the Japanese that America could annihilate them.
Between 50 and 80 million people died during the war. The death toll for the Japanese on their soil was a small price to pay to prevent the casualties of perhaps millions more had the war in the Pacific ground on.
The Japanese Imperial Army committed scores of war crimes. Thousands died in the Bataan Death March because of the brutality of their captors who starved and beat the Filipino and American marchers.
In 1942 about 3,500 men, British and Australian, had been brought to Sandakan camp to build an airfield for the Japanese. Suffering from Allied bombing raids, the Japanese decided to march the POWs 164 miles into the jungle interior to Ranau. None of the approximately 800 British POWs survived the ordeal of the march and accompanying massacres and atrocities. Only six Australians were alive at the end of the war.
In February of 1942, a group of 21 nurses and a large group of men, women and children evacuated to Johor Baharu in Malaya after the Japanese invaded. The ship they boarded was sunk by Japanese aircraft near Radji Beach on Banka Island. They swam ashore and were joined the next day by about 100 British soldiers. The Japanese killed the men then motioned the nurses to wade into the sea then machine-gunned them from behind in what is known as the Banka Island Massacre.
There were also horrific accounts of cannibalism.in Wewak, New Guinea and the book Flyboys recounts how Lt. Col. George Herbert Walker Bush was among nine airmen who escaped from their planes after being shot down during bombing raids in Chichi Jima. He was the only one to evade capture by the Japanese.
The other eight “flyboys” were tortured, beaten and then executed, either by beheading with swords or by multiple stab wounds from bayonets and sharpened bamboo stakes. Four were then butchered by the island garrison's surgeons and their livers and meat from their thighs eaten by senior Japanese officers.
Their horrific fate was established in subsequent war crimes trials on the island of Guam, but details were sealed in top secret files in Washington to spare their families distress.
Curtis Houck, writing for Media Research Center noted that notorious liar Brian Williams appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to “throw some shade in the direction of the US military and then-President Harry Truman complaining that ‘we’re the only nation to have used them [atomic bombs] in anger” against the horrifying Axis Powers member.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not be visiting Pearl Harbor to reciprocate Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.
On the 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which killed more than 2,400 Americans, President Obama also will not visit Pearl Harbor. This is odd given the fact that he spent much of his childhood in Hawaii.
I found Obama’s Hiroshima visit repugnant. This is the weekend we commemorate Americans who fell on the battlefield including those who died fighting a war the Japanese started.
The atomic bomb gave Japan its postwar mission for peace. Obama doesn’t understand this. His ideological world has little or nothing to do with American reality.
There are simply not enough expletives to adequately express my disgust with this man’s disgraceful apologies to nations undeserving of them.
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