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Obama's speech in Hiroshima

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  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I must compliment Obama for his visit in Japan; listening to his speech at that sensitive place shows that he is an "human" with feelings. I could not imagine that an Trump could do that at all. I'm afraid if he would be elected that the world would hate us even more. Obama has done everything to create "peace" (but our wars continue due to our war mongers) via an very difficult path and obstructions from all sides, but always had the right intentions as well understood the world around us. However his "healthcare" experiment was not such success; due to the "lobbying" system and greed of the industry here. Anyway in the meantime Trump wants to tear down everything Obama accomplished as well wants to built the Keystone pipeline and let every industry pollute as much as they like etc. Global warming; the word will be abolished; environmental protection, fire the EPA etc. etc.

    Again as someone said, Hillary will be the better of the two "evils" thus this country will just muddle onwards. Shaking my old head.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes it was good for President Obama to go to Hiroshima and make an eloquent speech about the perils of nuclear war. From MSN/AP reporting:

    "Death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said, after laying a wreath, closing his eyes and briefly bowing his head before an arched monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park that honors those killed on Aug. 6, 1945, when U.S. forces dropped the bomb that ushered in the nuclear age. The bombing, Obama said, "demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."

    Obama did not apologize, instead offering, in a carefully choreographed display, a simple reflection on the horrors of war and his hope the horror of Hiroshima could spark a "moral awakening." As he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stood near an iconic bombed-out domed building, Obama acknowledged the devastating toll of war and urged the world to do better.

    "We stand here in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell ... we listen to a silent cry." Obama said..

    "We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them," Obama said of nuclear weapons.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Daily Beast, May 27, 2016: Obama Wins Respect in Hiroshima

    An excerpt from the Daily Beast:

    “I respect President Obama for coming here today, despite opposition in his own country. No apology was needed. That he came and paid his respects was meaningful. We hope that it’s a step forward to a world without nuclear arms,” said Toshio Wada, a retired office worker whose own mother was 26 when the atomic bomb was dropped.

    "Wada also explained why many felt Obama didn’t need to apologize. “I think that the Japanese people are a people who will accept things only ‘as is’ in its entirety. We don’t have that character of demanding an apology just for the sake of it. Japanese people hope for something genuine that comes after accepting everything that has happened, not a forced apology for the sake of an apology.”

    "In Japan, one of the most prized virtues is sincerity. 誠意 is the Japanese word for it, meaning a heart without lies or falsehood; a state of mind without self-interest or selfish desire. Perhaps Obama’s visit is partially motivated by his wish to leave a legacy behind, but few here today doubted that he wished for and strived to build a world without nuclear weapons, to advance nuclear disarmament, and that his condolences for the innocent victims of warfare were sincere."

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    Americans are too preoccupied with the optics of apologies instead of true sincerity. Toshio Wada has it right. President Obama has it right. Nothing more needs to be said.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Sincerity.
  • Liberal
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    And the winner very rarely apologizes to the loser, especially when they attack first! Obama did the correct thing but we failed miserably when we dropped the second (unnecessary) bomb on Nagasaki for no reason other than revenge.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: And the winner very rarely apologizes to the loser, especially when they attack first! Obama did the correct thing but we failed miserably when we dropped the second (unnecessary) bomb on Nagasaki for no reason other than revenge.
    The worsed part of it is that we did not learn from it; our 9/11 "revenge" was the most stupid ever, costing trillions, even now we have not solved this dilemma but made it even worse.. But yeah Trump will fix this. A big f............s.