Well, here is the link.http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100017037/is-barack-obama-going-to-apologise-for-hiroshima/
How do bloggers here feel about this?
I think Obama is within his rights to say that the deaths of so many innocent cildren in the two cities was a tragedy. But the dropping of the bomb did shorten the war and bring peace.
he probably won't - because it would put his hosts in a bad position , and the worst thing you can do to people out there is make them 'lose face'.
Even so, he should phrase it in such a way as to make it clear that Japan could and should take responsibility for what happened at Pearl Harbour.
It should acknowledge that the attack was launched without sufficient warning of it's intentions , and indeed, hoped to knock out the American carriers stationed there as part of it's oeverall strategy.
He may also like to point out that one allied soldier died for every sleeper laid on the Burmah Railway in the infamous and illegal POW camps that the Japanese ran in order to build it. The Japanese may also like to apolgise for that at well.
Oh, and I am sure the Chinese would like to hear an apology for the orgy of massacre and rape that the Japanese Imperial Army committed at Nanking.
The 'comfort women' from Korea and elsewhere should also be remembered, and receive some sort of apology and recompense for what they suffered as well, I reckon.
However, I don't see Obama taking a tough line, either at home or abroad, on any of these issues. There is nothing to stop the British ambassador to Japan stepping up to the mike and sticking it to the hypocritical, whiney, Japanese public, with a personal message from our PM - but I don't think that will happen either. We only get presidents and premiers like that in the movies.
The Japanese make the best cameras, the best mopeds and the cheapest gadgets in the world. Therefore they will never be asked to account for their vile atrocities commited in the past.
Not even diplomatically.