Nancy Pelosi to go to Hiroshima to apologize for A bomb ?

Not stated but its implied


US House speaker to make landmark Hiroshima visit

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 31, 2008
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set this week to be the highest-ranking sitting US official to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, which bitterly divides opinion six decades later.

No sitting US president or vice president has ever paid respects to the dead of the US nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, a sore point for many survivors in Japan.

Pelosi will travel to Hiroshima for a meeting of parliament speakers from the Group of Eight major industrial nations. Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency, is a member of Barack Obama’s Democratic Party.

On Tuesday, Pelosi and the other speakers will lay flowers at a memorial in Hiroshima, hear testimony from a bomb survivor and hold discussions on disarmament, according to Japanese officials.

Kota Kiya, who was four years old when the atomic bomb devastated his hometown, welcomed the visit but said he hoped the leaders of nuclear weapons states would come instead.

“We wish that top leaders would visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki while they are in power, at least once, to see the atrocity of the nuclear bombings,” said Kiya, secretary general of the Hiroshima chapter of Hidankyo, the group of atomic bomb survivors.

On August 6, 1945, a single US bomb instantly killed more than 140,000 people in Hiroshima and injured tens of thousands more with radiation or horrific burns.

The United States dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki three days later, killing another 70,000 people. Japan surrendered less than a week later, ending World War II.

In Japan, it is an article of faith that the nuclear bombings were wrong. Last year, a defence minister was forced to resign after saying the attacks were inevitable.

In the United States, the decision to carry out history’s only nuclear attacks is more controversial, with many war veterans arguing the bombings prevented a ground invasion of Japan that would have cost many more lives.

“Any high-ranking official visiting an atomic site can only help to heighten awareness about the horror of nuclear weapons or power,” said Bonnie Urfer, co-director of US anti-nuclear group Nukewatch.

“Hawks within the US government can be expected to criticise House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while doves may quietly applaud the move,” Urfer said.

The Hiroshima visit was the work of Japan’s lower house Speaker Yohei Kono, a veteran politician who has long taken exception to Japan’s gradual drift away from its post-World War II pacifism.

The liberal Asahi Shimbun hailed Kono in an editorial last week, calling Pelosi’s visit to Hiroshima “very significant” in light of the “wide gap in perception between Japan and the United States” on the nuclear bombings.

The G8 comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki regularly invite world leaders to visit, hoping to spread their message for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

China for the first time took part in Hiroshima’s annual ceremony on August 6 this year. It left Britain, France, North Korea and the United States as the declared nuclear states never to have attended.

While no sitting US presidents have visited the Hiroshima memorial, both Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon went in a private capacity when they were not in office.


5 Responses

  1. I thought the war has been over for over 60 years so why is this up for discussion.

    Do me a favor Nancy, if you’re reading this. Tell the folks your visiting that in my family it is an article of fate that we think my father could have been doing something else then spending time fighting during the war.

  2. Nancy Pelosi apparently thinks that sending a million more American men to die would have been a better decision.

    RESIGN NOW, Nancy – we don’t want you.

  3. so Japan is going to apologize to the Chinese for Nanking and unit 732, apologize to the Korea women for their use as comfort women. apologize to the Flipinos for Manila, the British for Malaysia, the United States for USS Panay, Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Bataan Death March?


    Didn’t think so.

    Pelosi has no clue

  4. The Congress does not get it. Please , do your job , solve the energy dependency. All this appologizing 60 years laterl ….I agree with Jay and Allan.

    You know, I was thinking regarding November elections for Congress,Republican canditates should stress two points,:One they should make a point that : With Mc Cain and Palin, they are going to stop all earmarks because if they win all earmarks will be getting a veto, and next the US will drill and look into all possible solutions for the energy crisis. We shall stop dependency from our enemies. We will explore all alternatives, drilling for gas and oil and alternatives solutions , it might take some time but at l we shall be going in the right direction and sooner than later we will harvest the benefits.
    At the same time the eviroment will be taken care of !! . Science changes day by day. Drilling gets safer and safer by the day.

    All this appologizing and thinking we are guilty now of slavery and fighting the native Americans and so forth is not realistic. In the past those things were very wrong ,but it is about today and tomorrow what we are voting for and Nancy Pelosi and her Congress should be working in solving real problems for the common good.
    She should not have closed the Congress to take a holiday and now all she thinks is the atomic bomb of 60 years ago.! Give me a break.
    Another thing before I finish I am sorry that bad things like KILLING were done back in history in the name of more than one religion, but I STRONGLY care of bombing and killing to-day in the XXI Century in the name of religion. God bless America.
    It is the same scenario it is now and it is the future what counts for me. I am saying all this before Nancy starts appologizing for fighting the pirates in the Mediterranean during Jefferson’s time.

  5. Hiroshima has been the first-rate city of the Chugoku Region for hundreds of years. After its depiction consequence the 16th century, Hiroshima Castle was the most formidable railing for miles. Today, Hiroshima is a spirited city and home to since a million inhabitants.

    When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became close worldwide for this unenviable aberration. The corrupt power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly stuff within a 2 km area. lone of the few buildings that remained standing afterwards has been preserved; intimate today as the A-Bomb Dome, it is a monument to the bomb’s dreadful power.

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