“Death came down from heaven, and the world has changed” – Barack Obama during his visit to Hiroshima described the tragic events of 71 years ago, when the US subjected the city’s atomic bombing. The arrival of the American leader became the first of its kind — none of his predecessors did not visit Hiroshima during his tenure as head of state. However, as warned Washington before the visit – an apology to the Japanese for the nuclear attacks was not born. Instead, Obama tried in his speech to concentrate on the lessons for all of humanity.
photo: Alexander Astafyev
Events on 6 and 9 August 1945 (the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively) demonstrated that mankind has the means for self-destruction,” said Barack Obama. “We are standing here in the center of this city, and force ourselves to imagine the moment when the bomb dropped… we hear a silent cry”.
During the visit of the US President was accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that has become an indicator of friendly relations between the only country that carried out nuclear attack, and the only one subjected to him. Thus, notes the American press, Obama’s visit was choreographed brilliantly. Although many would like, that the President apologized to the Japanese, bringing the topic of nuclear weapons in the bilateral relations in the future to a minimum, the United States a strong position and those who consider the actions of their country in 1945 justified. Therefore, to stay Obama to Hiroshima was focused on all the attention of political circles.
“Obama is a brave President. It was criticised right-wing Republicans, because he allegedly naive, indecisive, etc. In fact, he’s just very determined, – said the head of the research Center mechanism United States Institute of USA and Canada studies Sergey SAMUILOV. – Suffice it to recall that in the beginning of his presidency he made his first appearance in Egypt, in front of a mass audience — the American leader never ever done anything like this in a Muslim country; it was a bold step. Republicans, of course, immediately began to criticize him. Now he “gets” for the establishment of relations with Cuba, for pioneering, in fact, steps. He very boldly acted against Iran… In the same row should be considered and his visit to Hiroshima. As for the apology – you have to remember that foreign policy is strongly tied to the political situation. Now apologize to Obama, he was attacked by the Republicans, it would have used in their own purposes trump… Again, this is another historic time, and approach the events of 1945 with the criteria of the present day is not entirely correct. At the time of the bombing, the United States pursued well-defined objectives. The Japanese fought fiercely to break their spirit failed… And without the use of nuclear weapons, for all its inhumanity, the Japanese, according to the calculations, would be fought for another year, and the loss of the Americans could be up to a million people, what the United States could not allow: they in Europe have lost less. So Truman did not go immediately to the worsening of relations with the USSR, giving Stalin time to achieve their goals, and endorsed nuclear bombing…”.
As informs Agency Associated Press, a survey carried out in Japan ahead of the visit of sociological surveys, more than 70% of the population welcomed the arrival of Obama – even given the information that an apology for the bombing he will not do.
Not brought to the Japanese apologies do not affect relations between Washington and Tokyo, said Sergey Samuilov, “And so all is well: Japan is reliable enough ally for the United States, constantly cited by the Americans as an example — along with Germany. The focus is on how Washington skillfully managed to build good relations with former adversaries in the Second world war. However, hushed up another important point: and in Japan, and in Germany up to the present day there remain a number of occupying American troops. That is, the allies are reliable, but the troops should be there”.
Watch the video on “mushroom cloud over Hiroshima: what happened 70 years ago”
70 years ago, on 6 August 1945 the American bomber b-29 dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima atomic bomb Little boy (eng. Baby), the equivalent of 13 to 18 kilotons of TNT. The result is a powerful explosion and the ensuing radiation killed from 90 to 166 thousand people, and the city practically ceased to exist. August 9, 1945 on Nagasaki was dropped another bomb, Fat man (ang. Fat), the equivalent of a 21 kiloton of TNT, which brought the death of 60 to 80 thousand people. The video captured the shooting of a nuclear explosion aboard the b-29 that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.
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