Last week, when it was announced Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, everyone from Salon to the National Review raised two important questions: Will the president apologize for what America did 71 years ago this August? Should he? The White House says the answer to the first question is No. For whatever it’s worth, the answer to the second is, too.
Obama does not plan to apologize for the deployment of nuclear bombs on either Hiroshima or Nagasaki, according to White House aides, nor for anything else on a weeklong trip that also includes a visit to the former war zone of Vietnam.
The thermonuclear, or hydrogen bomb — of the kind that North Korea said it had tested Wednesday — was developed after the nuclear weapons used on Japan in World War II and is far more destructive.
Thousands in Hiroshima on Thursday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing while survivors warned about Japan’s moves away from its pacifist constitution.
Washington (AFP) — The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay — the U.S. plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of World War II — has died, U.S. media reported. Theodore Van Kirk, also known as “Dutch,” died Monday of natural causes at the Park Springs Retirement Community in […]