Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Encourage the President to apologize for the destruction of the atomic bomb when he visits Hiroshima.
President Obama will not “revisit the decision” to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the recently announced trip in which President Obama will become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan. According to Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, the purpose of the president’s Hiroshima visit is to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to finding world peace without nuclear weapons.
If the president is serious about pursuing peace sans nuclear weapons, he should acknowledge and apologize for the damage that his country has inflicted by using these weapons. This visit is a tremendous opportunity for the president to make amends for the United States’ decision to injure and kill thousands of innocent civilians in Japan at the end of World War II. It is not possible to condemn further development of nuclear weapons in countries like Iran while continuing to justify the United States’ use of the atomic bomb, which began the nuclear age.
Obama has been criticized for his so-called “apology tour” in the Middle East and Europe during his first year as president, but apologies are a necessary step in finding world peace. Nations must be willing to admit their mistakes so that they do not make them again. Sign the petition below to encourage President Obama to apologize for the United States’ decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan.
Dear Mr. President,
I am glad to hear that you will be visiting Hiroshima, Japan, but disheartened to hear that you will not revisit the United States’ decision to drop an atomic bomb on the city, as well as on Nagasaki. You have a reputation for apologizing and making amends for the United States’ decisions in international affairs and war. Why should this visit be any different?
The United States’ two atomic bombs dropped at the end of World War II not only caused rampant death and destruction for Japanese civilians, they began an age in which nations build more and more nuclear weapons and nuclear war is always a possibility. If you are committed to your goal of finding world peace without nuclear weapons, you should apologize for the use of the bomb that began the global epidemic of said weapons. This is a necessary step in foraging a better future for all nations.
Do not bow to pressure from your critics who condemn your proclivity for apologies. It is always better for a country to admit its mistakes and acknowledge the destruction it has caused than to stubbornly refuse to reexamine its decisions.
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