Barack Obama Appeals for a ’world free of nuclear weapons’ during Hiroshima visit
WITH an painful look back at history, President Barack Obama stood on the ground of Hiroshima and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.
Obama is the first American president to visit the city where the US dropped the first atomic bomb, Obama came to acknowledge — but not apologise for — an act many Americans see as a justified end to a brutal war that Japan started with a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor.
Some 140,000 people died after a US warplane targeted wartime Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and 70,000 more perished in Nagasaki, where a second bomb was dropped three days later. Japan soon surrendered.
“Their souls speak to us,” Obama said of the dead.
“They ask us to look inward, to take stock of who we are and who we might become.”
With a lofty speech and a warm embrace for an elderly survivor, Obama renewed the call for a nuclear-free future that he had first laid out in a 2009 speech in Prague.
source : heraldsun.com