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Today marks the anniversary of the single greatest act in the cause of peace ever taken by the United States:
Dropping the A-bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. That one decision, that one device, saved more lives, did more to end war, and created more justice in the world in a single stroke than any other. It was done by America, for Americans. It saved the lives of hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of American soldiers and sailors.
For the first time since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan 65 years ago, today the U.S. ambassador to Japan will attend the official commemoration ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The U.S. ambassador has always declined the annual invitation, but this year is different. President Barack Obama decided to acknowledge the event with the presence of a high-level dignitary. As State Department spokesman Philip Crowley explained, Ambassador John Roos will be there "to express respect for all the victims of World War II."
Gene Tibbets—the son of Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets Jr., the pilot who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima—called the Obama administration’s decision "an unsaid apology." Whether or not that’s the case, by saying "all the victims" Mr. Crowley raises the specter of moral equivalence, a problem that’s grown worse over the years when it comes to judging right and wrong during World War II and throughout history.
Euroweenie peaceniks and an annoying number of American liberals see the bombing of Hiroshima as a shameful act. What is it America should be ashamed for—defeating an enemy that declared war on us? Bringing about the end of a fascist empire that killed millions of people, mostly Asians? Preventing the slaughter of the good guys—Americans—by killing the bad guys—the Japanese?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Obama Left’s view of America: We’re supposed to be ashamed of winning WWII, and proud of a mosque at Ground Zero.
UPDATE: From David F., a listener:
Great column about the atomic bomb. True story: Approx 12 years ago I was in the National Air & Space Museum’s Dulles Airport Annex outside D.C., part of a tour group. We came to a Japanese kamikaze rocket plane (not a propeller plane, basically a missile with wings and a pilot to steer it) on exhibit, and the docent gave his spiel. When he was done, and as the group started to move on to the next exhibit, an elderly Japanese man said "I’d like to say something. I was 20 years old and a pilot in the Japanese military when I was being trained to fly one of these into an American navy ship. I was ready to do it when the bombs were dropped and we surrendered. Thanks to America for ending that war before many, many more people were killed." That was all he said – and of course we were all stunned into silence. No one else said anything, and the elderly man walked over to the next plane, and the tour group stumbled over in that direction and the docent started up the tour again.