President Obama Historic Visit To Hiroshima

August 6, 1945, President Harry Truman gave orders to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing 140,000 innocent people and helping to end World War II. 71 years later, President Obama makes a historic visit to Hiroshima a visit that the U.S. needs to strengthen the relationship with Japan. During President Obama historic visit to the city of Hiroshima, his speech discussed how the dropping of the atomic bomb “is calling not only for an end to nuclear weapons but for a broader peace”. In addition, he, “called for the “radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family.” In 2009, the first year of President Obama term, abolishing nuclear weapons was part of his agenda and a reason why he received the Nobel Peace Prize. However, he acknowledged that we may not see this in our lifetime, “but the persistent effort can roll back the possibility of catastrophe.” Getting rid of nuclear arms has been the long-time goal of the U.S. and many world leaders. This task has not been easy because of other countries desires to have and attempt to obtain nuclear arms.

 “Is calling not only for an end to nuclear weapons, but for a broader peace”. President Obama also “called for the “radical and necessary notion that we are part of a single human family.”

“I sincerely welcome this historic visit, which has long been awaited by not only the people of Hiroshima but by all Japanese people.” The visit to Hiroshima was a visit that Japanese have long waited for, it is a visit that the U.S. and Japan needed in order to move forward and strengthen the relationship between the countries. The attack on Hiroshima was the first deadliest attack used in warfare, it was the first time that we witnessed how deadly nuclear weapons are. President Obama visit to Hiroshima was not to remind the people of the awful event that took place 71 years ago, it was to illustrate that “even the most painful divides can be bridged. How two nations can become not just partners but the best of friends”.

“Even the most painful divides can be bridged. How two nations can become not just partners but the best of friends”.

What makes this trip historic is President Obama visit to a city where the U.S. took the lives of 140,000 innocent people during World War II. After 71 years, a sitting U.S President comes to visit the city and pay respects to the living and those who have died. Furthermore, this is the second historic trip for President Obama, the first was early this spring to Cuba restoring our relationship with the country and in 2015 he lifted the 55-year embargo imposed on Cuba.

Sources:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/27/479691439/president-obama-arrives-in-hiroshima-the-first-sitting-commander-in-chief-to-vis

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/27/barack-obama-first-us-president-to-visit-hiroshima-japan

 

 

 

 

 

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