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April 12, 2016 7:16 am

Kerry’s Unlearned Hiroshima Lesson

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The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photos: Wikipedia.

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photos: Wikipedia.

On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Italy went to Japan to pay homage to the victims of the August 6, 1945 nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during the final stage of World War II.

This they did by touring the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum, displaying the horrors suffered by the Japanese people who had been blitzed by the United States. It is estimated that a total of 100,000 to 200,000 people were killed in those bombings, whose justification is being debated to this day.

“Everyone in the world should see and feel the power of this memorial,” Kerry wrote in a guest book at the museum. “It is a stark, harsh, compelling reminder not only of our obligation to end the threat of nuclear weapons, but to rededicate all our effort to avoid war itself.”

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That Kerry used the death and destruction depicted in the museum to tout the nuclear deal he had just spent years begging Iran to sign is completely in character – his own and that of the Obama administration he represents. That while he was at it, he threw in a good word for pacifism is also not surprising.

The trouble is that his conclusions are always based on false premises and an obfuscation of the facts. Chief among these is his lying about the Iran deal, to the point that Congress is about to launch an investigation into whether the Obama administration purposefully hid or distorted crucial information about it. Legislators on Capitol Hill were already familiar with the overt capitulation on the part of the White House and State Department to the powers-that-be in Tehran.

In any case, what is becoming clear to all who didn’t see it before is that the one thing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action did not accomplish was preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It certainly did not contribute to eradicating war. On the contrary.

Which is why it takes true gall for Kerry of all people to hold up the history of Japan as a cautionary tale.

Apparently he forgot that it was the Japanese who viciously attacked the United States on December 7, 1941, bombarding Pearl Harbor and killing 2,000 American servicemen and wounding another 1,000. The aggression was so enormous that it dragged President Franklin Roosevelt into the war, more than two years after it had begun.

Nor, it seems, did Kerry recall that when Roosevelt’s successor, Harry Truman, dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, he warned Japan to surrender, or “expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.” When Tokyo did not comply, he bombed Nagasaki three days later. And that was that. On August 15, 1945, Japan announced its surrender, effectively ending the war.

For the next seven years, America led the Allies – not “from behind,” but right upfront — in the occupation and rehabilitation of Japan. The occupying forces, headed by General Douglas MacArthur, took over the country for the purpose of enacting military, political, economic and social reforms. It was like a genius carrot-and-stick endeavor, with America dictating the terms, both strict and humane. These included prosecuting war criminals; preventing members of the defeated military from taking part in the new government; imposing a constitution that wrested power from the emperor and provided more human rights to the people; and introducing free-market capitalism to the economy. When it deemed its work done, America set about formalizing a full-fledged peace treaty with its former enemy and ceased the occupation. Iran should be so lucky.

Indeed, it is this message that Kerry should have conveyed to Tehran and signed in the guest book at the museum in Hiroshima.

Ruthie Blum is the web editor of The Algemeiner.

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  • Paul Ackerman

    It is appalling that John Kerry gives ultimate “victim status” to the Japanese through his visit to Hiroshima.In doing so he virtually walks on the graves of thousands of American GI’s,and sailors, who died in the Pacific theater.
    Clearly Guadalcanal,Pelelieu,Tarawa,Iwo Jima,and Okinawa mean nothing to John Forbes Kerry (or Barack Obama). What we are shown by his actions and statements is that Neville Chamberlain’s ghost resides in yet another elitist.
    Pacifism ? The millions who died in China,Korea,Burma,Indo-China,an all across the Pacific theater would gladly have lived out their lives..if only the Emperor of Japan and his cohorts had the “wisdom” of John Kerry. I think not.
    Evil must be annihilated. Period.And dropping the two atomic bombs was absolutely needed to prevent many times that number of casualties,both American and Japanese,if the full mainland invasion had been needed to defeat the Japanese military.
    What a fool.

  • stevenl

    K is convinced if it was ever needed that the US is the evil. This must have been reinforced by his boss.
    History shows that there is no limit to EVILNESS and it MUST be confronted and destroy by whatever mean available.

  • A warm thank you to Ruthie Blum for this outstanding piece. Obama and Kerry, between them, have caused great damage to the United States, and, as a result, the world has become a much more dangerous place.

  • C. Bruce Richardson Jr.

    My father was in command of a truck company towards the end of WWII. Preparation was underway for the invasion of Japan. He had his orders for the invasion of Japan. Intelligence reports indicated that every man, woman, and child would be trying to kill the U. S. invaders. U. S. losses would have been horrendous. He packed up his personal belongings and shipped them home. Based on the reports he assumed that he could not survive. Of course, that also meant that millions of Japanese civilians would be killed. The two bombs were dropped and suddenly the war was over.

  • Well formulated response to Secretary Kerry’s ignorant persepective. One minor historical footnote to add: the Hiroshima museum is also a museum to what Japan would have unhesitantly done to us if she had had the resources and time to successfully complete her own (well documented) atomic bomb development program. The postwar stance of “victem” has always been a convenient ploy to take away attention from the more accurate view of bar room battle loser.

  • A missed opportunity regarding Israel and the Palestinians: “The occupying forces… took over the country for the purpose of enacting military, political, economic and social reforms. It was like a genius carrot-and-stick endeavor, ,,, dictating the terms, both strict and humane. These included prosecuting war criminals; preventing members of the defeated military from taking part in the new government; imposing a constitution that wrested power from [Fatah & Hamas]… and provided more human rights to the people; and introducing free-market capitalism to the economy. When it deemed its work done, [Israel]… set about formalizing a full-fledged peace treaty with its former enemy and ceased the occupation.”

    • Hamanslayer

      Not a valid comparison at all. It is really high time that even the so-called “liberals” among us, possibly with the exception of the Joke-Street and the Jewish Voice fot Putzes, started to call things by their correct and historically valid names.

      Despite the farcical UN assertions that Israel is occupying land of “Palestinians” (of which, I submit, I am one…), the fact is that Israel liberated that land from an occupying state by the name of Jordan. That state, which was established on an area of about 80 percent of what had been Palestine, namely the East Bank, even tried to annex the “West Bank” during its occupation. So if you call Judea and Samaria the West Bank, please refer to Jordan as the East Bank!

      The US acted in Japan and treated the Japanese as a defeated enemy — in a very commendable way. But the Japanese did not practice terrorism nor swear they would destroy the USA, and did not have dozens of allies and camp followers working with them to delegitimize the USA. What they had was a state with a history from ancient times and a people possessing a rich culture and a sense and sandards of honor. The Arab Palestinians have none of these. The Jewish Palestinians, like my family, became Israelis in 1948 — as did some of the Palestinian Arabs who stayed put instead of fleeing to join the invading Arab armies to come back as looting victors.

      It is NOT that I am a conservative or a Republican, or a “right wing” extremist. I realize and accept the idea that the people who call themselves Palestinians will have to end up with a state of their own — which they will probably end up merging with Jordan anyway, since that country is also really Palestine — if and when they give up the idea of destroying Israel and show they are ready to live next to the Jewish state in peace. It is the inevitable solution, provided they realize that israel will not give up Jerusalem and will not readmit millions of descendants of Arab refugees thus giving up the idea of being a Jewish state.

      So you can see why the comparison is not even remotely valid…

  • Lia

    Mrs/Miss/Ms Blum, you are one of my heroes. Thank you for always seeing into the murky depths Messrs Obama, Kerry, Kirby, Toner, Earnest, Rhodes and Moniz and their ladies, Lynch, Sherman, and Harf (or Herf) constantly stir up.

    • Reform School

      The John Kerry who:

      Made “shoot yourself self in the foot” a war strategy? Tossed phony medals to launch a political career?
      Eliminated a fellow Senator for his widow and wealth? Sold his Nation (like his daughter) to a caliphate?
      All, Some or None of the Above?

      What a perfect SOS for a perfect POS!

      Thank you for being a role model for what journalism once looked like in the United States of America, before Political Correctness urinalized the profession and Dumbericanized the nation.

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