It was during World War II, when US had struck the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with an atomic bomb. The bombing resulted in mass scale loss of human life and collateral damage. The after effects of the war are evident till date. However, US has not offered any sort of apology on the matter (barring Barrack Obama who was too indefinite in his act of contrition) and surely owes one to the people of Japan. Here is a list of top 10 reasons why the US must apologize to Japan for the Atomic Bomb incident.
10. Apology for not apologizing for years:
The inhumane incident of August 6, 1945 was condemned worldwide by allies and opposition forces alike. No one could ever imagine that America would go all out against Japan with such an attack. It’s been over 60 years now and US hasn’t once apologized for the atrocities the Japanese population still has vivid memories of. President Obama might have admitted to the wrong doing, but it wasn’t earnest enough to be called an apology.
9. Arms race:
The foremost reason why US should apologize to Japan is because the decision to drop an atomic bomb on Japan led to the arms race in the region. Enemies of Japan in Asia and the other parts of the world also began to acquire devastating bomb technology so that they could blackmail Japan in the near future.
8. First ever act of terrorism:
It could easily be regarded as first ever act of terrorism. US defense think tank with a strong backing from their political masters went ahead with the bombing decision in order to terrify its opponents for years to come. What Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are practicing today (the policy of psychological terror) was initiated by US.
7. Against the rule of the game:
Even if it is clear that Japan didn’t want to backtrack from the war at any cost despite numerous delegations from US and its allies proposing for the war termination, the decision to go ahead with bombing is not at all acceptable. What US did was clear deviation from the rules of the war and owes an apology to Japan for fighting a battle on wrong lines.
6. Bombing was not necessary:
It is widely believed that an atomic attack was not at all required to bring an end to the Pacific theater of World War II. It was the sole decision of the US forces to go on when the whole chaos could have been ended with more prudence on America’s side as it had established its superiority by the time and hence carried more responsibility.
5. Innocent deaths:
The incident only resulted in deaths of millions of innocent Japanese nationals while the real troublemaker for the American forces was the Imperial Japanese Army. The bombing resulted in deaths of innocent people who were not at responsible for the war by any means, who got penalized for no fault of theirs.
4. After-effects still visible:
The after effects of the bomb can be witnessed till date. The radiation in the area has led to genetic disorders in the local population. Many babies, after the attack, were born with deformities and numerous incurable diseases. These genetic disorders are still being passed on to the younger generations.
3. Atom bomb was not the only way out:
As per political experts across the world, an atomic bomb attack was the not the last retort. Though the Imperial Japanese Army was involved in human right violations, too, the US went into the war without any disclosure about its possession of nuclear bombs. It was certain that America would surely make use of the bomb in case Japan doesn’t change it stubborn stand. However, a prior intimation from America could have averted the disaster, because who knows Japan might have backed out due to fear of such an attack.
2. Dialogues have no place:
US should not only apologize to Japan but rest of the world, too, for being the first one to make use of this deadly weapon. Ignoring its responsibility towards world’s peace it went ahead with something that could be categorized as one of the most merciless steps ever. It led to the introduction of this callous idea to the rest of the world, including Japan, that bombs only decide the fate of wars and dialogue has no place at all.
1. Mass scale devastation:
The episode resulted in mass scale destruction and loss of life. Within the first four months of the bombings 90,000-166,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and 60,000-80,000 were killed in Nagasaki respectively. A considerable chunk of deaths was reported due to after effects of the atomic bomb. A nation like US that always talks about human rights and values people’s lives dearly was the very nation that killed so many Japanese and cursed their future population with genetic disorders that continue to pass on even today.