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After his bow to the Emperor of Japan
Toby Harden ponders a nasty idea (which he and I hope not) in his Telegraph blog last night)
Is Barack Obama going to apologise for Hiroshima?
There was an interesting moment during Barack Obama’s visit to Japan when a reporter from Fuji Television asked him whether he would visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, something no American president has done. Obama responded:
I certainly would be honored, it would be meaningful for me to visit those two cities in the future. I don’t have immediate travel plans but it’s something that would be meaningful to me.
Note the formulation, used twice, that it “would be meaningful for me” – not meaningful for America or in the country’s or even the world’s interests but “meaningful for me”.
By linking the current nuclear issue with the events of 1945, Obama is treading on very dangerous political territory. The Left, of course, would love him to apologise or express regret for President Harry Truman’s decision. . . Maybe he’d be given another Nobel Peace Prize.
But . . . As Don Surber points out, it would be seen as a “slap in the face” to the Greatest Generation. . . the “cherry on a weakness sundae”.
He didn't bow as such to the Queen, just nodded his head. I wonder if he gave Emperor Akihito DVDs or an Ipod?