Apologize for Hiroshima?

More hand-wringing from the testicularly-challenged America haters:

EXCLUSIVE: The son of the U.S. Air Force pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb in the history of warfare says the Obama administration’s decision to send a U.S. delegation to a ceremony in Japan to mark the 65th anniversary of the attack on Hiroshima is an “unsaid apology” and appears to be an attempt to “rewrite history.”

Gene Tibbets, son of Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., says Friday’s visit to Hiroshima by U.S. Ambassador John Roos is an act of contrition that his late father would never have approved.

“It’s an unsaid apology,” Tibbets, 66, told FoxNews.com from his home in Georgiana, Ala. “Why wouldn’t it be? Why would [Roos] go? It doesn’t make any sense.

“I know it’s the anniversary, but I don’t know what the hell they’re trying to do. It needs to be left alone. The war is over.”

Tibbets, whose father died in 2007 at the age of 92, said he receives dozens of calls from veterans every year around this time thanking him for his father’s service.

“‘If it wasn’t for your dad, I wouldn’t be here,'” Tibbets said many veterans tell him. “This has been going on since he dropped that bomb.”

Tibbets said he sees Roos’ impending visit — it will be the first time the U.S. has sent a delegation to the anniversary commemoration in Hiroshima — as an attempt to revise history.

“It’s making the Japanese look like they’re the poor people, like they didn’t do anything,” he said. “They hit Pearl Harbor, they struck us. We didn’t slaughter the Japanese — we stopped the war.”

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President Obama is expected to visit Japan in November, and calls have been growing there for him to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, since he has spoken of his vision of a nuclear-free world.

Tibbets said he hopes Obama will decide to forgo visiting to the two cities.

“What’s his purpose? I don’t know what it’d do,” Tibbet said. “History is history, the past is the past. You can’t change it and I don’t know why he’d visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“This all sounds like, ‘Oh, we did you wrong.’ That’s what it sounds like.”

Ryan Gallucci, a spokesman for AMVETS, an organization representing more than 180,000 veterans, said his organization supports the decision to send Roos, but he said the visit should not be seen as a conciliatory act.

“Considering how our relationship with Japan has evolved into a peaceful partnership over the years, we support the U.S. decision to send an envoy acknowledging the human toll of WWII,” Gallucci said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “To AMVETS, the U.S. visit is an appropriate act of reciprocation for Japan’s solidarity over the years, such as last summer’s visit to the Punch Bowl National Cemetery (the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific) by Emperor Akihito, where he laid a wreath in honor of America’s sacrifices in WWII.

“However, in no way should the United States be expected to apologize for its actions, and we hope that this visit will not be misconstrued as an act of contrition.”

Paul Schalow, a professor of Japanese at Rutgers University, told FoxNews.com that Japanese media outlets are linking Roos’ visit to Obama’s desire to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Tomorrow, the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, I’ll publish Tibbet’s 1994 statement regarding this historical watershed.

7 thoughts on “Apologize for Hiroshima?”

  1. Don’t know why this is happening now on the 65th anniversary, but it appears that a number of countries and bodies are attending this for the first time:

    “Embassy officials from wartime allies and currently nuclear-armed Britain and France also plan to attend the event for the first time, [according to] diplomatic sources.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will also attend the ceremony this year, becoming the first chief of the world body to do so.

    The city of Hiroshima has asked US President Barack Obama, as well as other leaders of nuclear powers, to attend the annual ceremony.”

    The above is not meant to take away from the U.S. attending, just to point out that it is part of something bigger. Is this the first time Hiroshima actually invited world leaders?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/7915430/US-to-attend-Hiroshima-anniversary-for-first-time.html

  2. When they acknowledge to us and to their own people, and apologize for, the rape of Nanking and all the horrors they put the Filipinos through, not to mention American and Australian prisoners of war; then, maybe. But that’s not going to happen.

  3. Lazaro – AMEN!

    Fact is, a 1/4 million were killed with both A-bombs, immediately and over the course of the following months.

    In and of that fact, countless millions of Japanese and American (troops) were spared long, painful deaths.

    The alternative would have been Japan winning and then invading our West Coast.

    Really? America must apologize for insuring THAT didn’t happen?

    And it MUST be pointed out … LOUDLY! … the Japanese were working on their own A-bomb and were more than willing and eager to use it on our West Coast, most probably LA or San Fran. (read: Japan’s Secret War … it’s documented … Japan’s scientists at the time of the bombings were less concerned with the casualties in both cities than getting there to study, log and build on the results of the American A-bombs)

    The Japanese can bite me … The fucking apologists in this country and in the fucked-up administration can bite me and choke to death.

  4. FOXNews reports:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/05/delegation-no-apology-at-hiroshima-ceremony

    “The U.S. delegation will not offer an apology for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki when it attends a ceremony in Japan on Friday marking the 65th anniversary of the attacks, which brought World War II to an end.”

    “Friday’s ceremony will mark the first time that the U.S. will send a delegation to the anniversary ceremony. Hiroshima officials on Wednesday said representatives from 75 countries will attend the ceremony, along with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Representatives from nuclear powers France and Britain, America’s allies in World War II, also will attend for the first time.”

  5. The alternative would have been Japan winning and then invading our West Coast.

    By August 1945, that was as much of a pipe dream as retaking Okinawa from the Marines/Army dug in there. And that was a mere 400 miles, not 5,000. The Imperial Navy: mostly sunk. Imperial Air Forces: shot down, shot up, or frittered away as kamakaze attacks. Dropping the two bombs reinforced the notion of you’ve lost, the only thing you can spend now are the lives of your troops and the civilians. Give. It. Up.

    The upside to the bombings is that it a) saved a lot of US lives, b) it saved a lot of Japanese lives, and c) it was such a awe inspiring demonstration of the raw power of a nuclear weapon fired in anger that none have been used since.

    I consider the last one a real win.

  6. Are we Americans going to see our President stick his Ass up to the world as he bows to another foriegn leader?

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