As our President Obama is planning his upcoming visit to Hiroshima, as a World War II wartime survivor from occupied Hong Kong I would want to send him and the political leaders in Washington this message:
The use of the atom bomb to end a most protracted brutal, bloody war waged by Imperial Japan that claimed the lives of over 35 million civilians in Asia and Allied troops was
the ONLY way to end the Asian front. How can one make a moral argument that to be beheaded by saber-wielding Japanese soldiers in a game, or to be repeatedly gang raped to death or to fade away from starvation was less gruesome than the quick death from radiation?
In short, how can we allow Japan to claim victimhood because of our choice of weapon and neglect its role as a brutal aggressor that took the lives of millions in Asia! ASIAN LIVES MATTER!
Japan has not come clean in educating the postwar generation about Imperial Japan’s inhumanity against her Asian neighbors. Obama’s visit signals some Asian lives do not matter and geopolitical considerations rule the day. Where are our moral fibers?? Have we lost our moral compass?
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