Ealier today, Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit the memorial of the American atomic bombings of Japan in Hiroshima, however without offering no apology for the attacks. The trip comes amid Japanese protests over alleged crimes committed by US troops stationed in Japan.
“We have a shared responsibility to look directly in the eye of history. We must ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again,” Obama said in a speech at the memorial. Some of the speech highlights:
“We’re not bound by our genetic codes to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can tell our children a different story. Those who died, they are like us. Ordinary people understand this I think. They do not want more war. The world was forever changed here. But today, the children of this city will go through their day in peace. What a precious thing.”
Obama placed a wreath in front of a cenotaph at Hiroshima
Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima