Hiroshima and THE BOMB !
PBS in Maryland carries a Japanese network on its 4th sub-channel. Today they’ve had several segments crying and moaning about the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. You’ll excuse me if I am not impressed nor, for that matter, overwhelmed with feelings of guilt about it. That does not mean I do not have empathy for those who died, were injured or lost love ones.
I also have empathy for the millions of Asian civilians who were brutally murdered by Japanese forces trying to subdue Asia. This would include Chinese civilians who participated contests between Japanese soldiers to see which soldier could cut off the most heads in a given period of time. It would also include American, Dutch, Filipino and British military who fell into the cruel hands of Japanese captors. So, too, would I have empathy for thousands and thousands of young Korean girls forced to serve Japanese soldiers as “Comfort Women” (aka sex slaves) to service Japanese soldiers – often brutally.
One of the segments showed a Caucasian woman sobbing during a tour of a Japanese Hiroshima Museum. Too bad there is no Japanese WW2 Atrocity Museum. I’d like to see that woman’s reaction to a Chinese baby impaled on a Japanese bayonet being waved back and forth like a flag.