Obama Administration First to Participate at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Remembrance

The United States is beginning to recognise, however belatedly, its responsibility for the greatest war crime in history: the atomic genocide and extermination of 100,000s of innocents in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Last year President Obama sent Ambassador John Roos to Hiroshima, the first city savagely attacked with a nuclear weapon on August 6, 1945. Mr Roos has also visited twice Nagasaki the second city to be attacked with an indiscriminate, monstrous fission weapon on Agusut 9, 1945. Yet no US official had visited Nagasaki on its annual remembrance of the nuclear Holocaust! The appearance of two envoys in consecutive years at Hiroshima and Nagasaki represents certainly an acknowledgment of the suffering and surprisingly for the United States an indirect concession of responsibility for it. While the US is too cruel and hooked on global hegemony to apologise for the atomic mass murder, the Obama administration should be credited for a willingness to recognise the unique nature of atomic suffering and to honour a country so savagely attacked with American-made uranium and plutonium-core bombs of mass destruction.

James Zumwalt


James Zumwalt, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, carries a wreath to the altar set up in Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. The U.S. has sent its first representative to the annual memorial for the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, as the Japanese city remembered the historic horrors of radiation amid the nation’s unfolding nuclear crisis. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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