War is hell. Unoffending civilians are killed. Irreplaceable treasures are destroyed. That is the nature of war. That is why we try avoid it if possible. But unless you are the aggressor, you don’t go back afterwards and apologize for defending yourself and your allies when attacked.
Tokyo has praised the decision to send U.S. Ambassador John Roos to the Hiroshima anniversary on Friday, though some survivors of the attack, which is seen by many in Japan as an unjustified use of excessive force against a civilian population, say they have mixed feelings.
What in the name of God is Obama doing this for?
Sending American officials to Hiroshima is a potent gesture. Maybe someday, in some situation, it might even be appropriate. But to do so randomly, in no special context, is wasteful and morally reprehensible. It can and will only be received as a gesture of apology — perhaps weak, perhaps hypocritical, but apologetic nonetheless.
Morally speaking, bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki was absolutely the right thing to do. Victory was achieved instantly. Countless thousands of American lives were saved. That is the proper goal of a military operation in wartime. Period.
Lest we forget, America only fought against Japan in World War II, because the Japanese emperor sided with Nazi Germany and sneakily attacked Pearl Harbor. Nuclear weapons were used, not because President Truman enjoyed wreaking as much havoc as he could upon a foreign people, but because if he would not have done so, tens of thousands more American troops would have died in the attempt to force Japan to finally surrender. He did what he did, in other words, to save American lives. Since when are we apologizing for that?
There is absolutely nothing for which to apologize. And there is absolutely no justification for morally murky, ambiguous gestures either.