Below are some moving scenes from President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima Friday.
He didn’t apologize, although his very presence suggested something of a mea culpa. But unfortunately, his visit inadvertently revealed the passivity of his approach to nuclear weapons.
Obama called for the world to look within itself and achieve some kind of advanced thinking that will cause it to reject nuclear weapons. He asked for, “A future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are known not for the bomb of atomic warfare but as the start of our own moral awakening.”
Fat chance. History doesn’t teach that waiting for humans to ascend to some moral plane that the Obamas of the world think they inhabit is a good way to grapple with danger. Obama has bet our future on the notion that the Iranians will cast aside their religious fanaticism and, with it, the nuclear weapons that he has permitted them to have. That won’t happen. Like George W. Bush before him, Obama thinks others want the same things we want. They don’t.
By failing to take forceful action against Iran – yes, even through war as a last resort – to prevent the Mullahbomb, Obama has placed future generations of Americans in mortal danger. These fanatics will build their weapons, and their missiles, and one day either use them or give them to someone else who will. Feel-good moments in Hiroshima notwithstanding.