Hiroshima

America Owes No Apologies to Japan

There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” ~ President George Washington, 1793, Fifth Annual Message

It appears that Barack Obama wants to end his time in office in much the same way he began; by touring the world, highlighting and apologizing for America’s supposed sins, and minimizing or ignoring all the good we have done in the world.

He began his first term with an apology tour. On April 3, 2009, in Strasbourg, France, Obama declared “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world…there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” Three days later, in a speech to the Turkish Parliament, Obama doubled down, saying that “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history…Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.” These would be just two of many apologies Obama would make for America in the years to come.

This month, Obama becomes the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on it seventy years ago in a bid to bring World War II, the most deadly war in world history, to an end.

A Ray of Hope in Haiti?

As I watch the tragic news footage emanating from Haiti, certain pieces of news are significantly striking. Among them is reports from news of calm in the country. While the calm may be due to despair over what has happened to them, I can’t help but be reminded of books like Hiroshima by John Hersey, in which a degree of acceptance and calm befell the Japanese after the complete devastation of their country from world war.

Like the Japanese, the Haitians may have a chance for real renewal. With everything destroyed and everyone left in the same boat, the division that leads to civil war is not there. Like Japan as well, Haiti will need the support of the world to create the infrastructure for a lasting and functional society. Nothing is impossible.

To aid those affected by disaster, please go to the website of the American Red Cross.


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