I read many news stories every day from mostly conservative and libertarian sources and during the last several days these sources or at least the majority of them were trying to create drama around the possibility that President Obama might apologize to the Japanese over the targeting by America of civilians namely the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The truth is America and her allies specifically targeted large civilian populations during World War II murdering hundreds of thousands of civilians if not millions of them. This is no great secret. In fact the allies weren’t very friendly to civilians even after the war was over with some estimates of up to 1 million people who were starved to death in Eisenhower’s Rineland death camps.
We owe the Japanese an apology but not simply for murdering a few hundred thousand people with 2 nuclear weapons, but for committing acts of war against the Japanese long before they attacked Pearl Harbor. Let’s be clear, preventing any country from executing trade is an act of war. America commits acts of war against other countries all the time from no fly zones to the freezing of bank accounts. In many ways it is fair to say that America is a bully nation that basically picks on countries who can’t defend themselves against us. The United States surely wouldn’t be pulling stunts like that against countries who wouldn’t tolerate it for a second like China.
The United States of America used Japan. FDR wanted in on the war in Europe but the American people didn’t want anything to do with it. Many understood that America had gotten suckered into WWI and wanted no part in another bailout of aggressor countries namely France and England both of whom were responsible for escalating a relatively minor war in Europe into a world wide conflict. One again France and England had declared war on Germany and the truth is most Americans greatly admired Adolf Hitler at that time.
What FDR needed to sway public opinion was an event but not just any event one that would bring the entire country around to attack the axis powers on a global scale. So he started poking the bear. Japan has very little in the way of natural resources and depends completely on imports so FDR started a trade embargo that was crippling Japan hoping they would retaliate and give the President the excuse he needed to join the war in Europe. Japan had little choice but to retaliate and they did and did as much damage as they could. All things considered their attack resulted in a surprising low loss of life.
Now bear in mind that at this point in history radar was the newest technology available to the military and Pearl had a radar station that was able to track the Japanese fleet. On the weekend of the attack FDR told his son in law that before the weekend was over America would be joining the war so he knew what was about to happen. It would be fair to say that it was FDR who murdered those people at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were simply defending their sovereignty as we would if some country has done the same to us.
Years after the war General MacArthur was quoted as saying that it was a mistake to attack the Japanese. In Asia Japan is considered the mother of Asia who gave her life to put an end to colonialism in Asia (the post war result).
So to some up, America provoked the Japanese to attack and then to make its war go easier dropped 2 nuclear weapons on the citizens of Japan. For this evil we do owe the Japanese an apology.