What an utter disgrace to the memory of President Harry Truman!
TOKYO – A grandson of ex-U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims.
Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his grandfather. Another atomic blast in Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.
“I think this cenotaph says it all — to honor the dead to not forget and to make sure that we never let this happen again,” Daniel said after offering a silent prayer.
via Truman grandson visits Hiroshima A-bomb memorial | Fox News.
Here’s the part that really sent me into a rage:
Daniel, a former journalist, met Sadako’s 71-year-old brother, Masahiro Sasaki, who survived the bombing, at a peace event in New York in 2010. They agreed to work together to deepen understanding between the two countries, which are still divided over the question of the legitimacy of the atomic attacks.
“There are other opinions, there are other points of view, and I don’t think we ever finish talking about that,” Daniel said after visiting a museum at the memorial. “The important thing is to keep talking, to talk about all of it.”
Daniel said in a statement that he decided to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki because he needed to know the consequences of his grandfather’s decision as part of his own efforts to help achieve a nuclear-free world. He said he hoped to hear stories from survivors about how they overcame their adversity.
Daniel also is to meet with the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and participate in discussions with students.
Susumu Miura, a 78-year-old Hiroshima native, wrote in the newspaper Tokyo Shimbun that he was enraged when he learned that many Americans still support the decision to drop the atomic bombs.
“But when I heard on the news that former President Truman’s grandson is visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I felt as if I lost some weight from my chest,” Miura wrote in an op-ed article.
Here is a clue for Mr. Truman and to Mr. Miura —- The imperial Military of Japan attacked us first, on what was known then, as the Republic of Hawaii. Not only were there military officers killed in that attack, there were innocent civilians on that Island killed too. Not only that, but the Japanese Military would not surrender, they kept fighting and would do so to the death. Because of this, President Truman decided to drop the bombs on Japan.
Now before some idiot tries to lecture me —-I know —- there were actions taken by the United States Government covertly to stop Japan from spreading aggression to the other eastern Countries. However, the fact remains that the empire of Japan attacked the United States Military base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 without warning, without consideration of civilian life or any other life for that matter. It was an act of cowardice and was answered by the righteous might of the United States Military.
For this liberal buffoon, Clifton Truman Daniel, to go to the land of our aggressor and basically tell them that we were wrong for dropping the atomic bomb on Japan is akin to urinating on the graves of our World War II dead. It is Anti-American, it is morally wrong and Clifton Truman Daniel should be forcefully deported out this Country for such an act! If we lived in a sane world and not one dominated by liberalism, but one of sane patriotism —- this liberal buffoon would be tried for treason!
As someone who has had multiple family members; including one who fought in Germany during World War II and earned a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for his service and bravery during the war, serve in the Military —— I find this action by this leftist jackass to be offensive and utterly insulting to the memory of ALL of those, who served in the United States Military. Furthermore, this is nothing more than a stab in the back and spitting in the face, to the fine people answered the call of the President of United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to fight for their Country against the evil axis of power that was threatening our Country at that time.
Clifton Truman Daniel owes the United States Military, its officers —- both current and former and their families an apology this most grievous insult.