The lengths to which the left will go in order to embarrass the United States never fail to astonish me. Liberalism is apparently the truest form of sadomasochism. The idea that the world will somehow open up its heart to the United States and give us great wodges of cash and candy if we simply tramp around the world-beating our chests in a collective mea culpa is comical at best and eyerollingly cringey at worst. It is never in the best interest of a country to appear like an ex who is leaving, “I am so sorry” texts in your messages at 3:45 AM. Our president doesn’t seem to care about the repercussions of appearing weak and whiney on the world stage and why should he? At this point he’s about as checked in as a high school senior in mid-May.
Obama is apologizing for the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The fuel for this particular fire is the theory that the Second World War could have been won without dropping Fat Man and Little Boy. That coupled with a genuine disdain for the United States on the part of the left mixed with the desire to smear the past into a sludge of guilt and shame which we could never possibly be proud of. Of course, the anti-bomb argument only works if you completely discount the fanatic resistance the US military encountered during their island hopping campaign, (see; Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Peleilu) the Japanese use of suicide attackers as a viable combat tactic (see; kaitens and kamikazes) the propaganda being spewed by the Japanese government which led ordinary citizens to kill their children and then themselves instead of surrendering to Americans, (see; Saipan) the empirical evidence of horrific brutality visited on innocent people by the Japanese army (see; Nanjing) and the fact that it took two atomic blasts to force Japan’s hand. Oh and I almost forgot; the argument only works if you are in favor of starving a country to death slowly and killing them with a lot of little explosions rather than two big ones.
Although political leaders do not speak for everyone in their respective countries, the perception is that as they go, so do the people. Example; regardless of how many Russians actually support Vladimir Putin, whenever he does or says something outlandish or alarming the response is usually, ‘Russians are _____.’ So when the president apologizes to a country for dropping ordinance which facilitated the almost instantaneous end of the most horrific war in human history, we the people are apologizing by proxy in the eyes of the world. I am tired of apologizing. I am tired of apologizing for things that I feel no regret for while truly warranted apologies are left out in limbo (See; Christians / homosexuals / women in the Middle East). I wonder if the citizens of Dresden will ever get an apology.
I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone outside of a psych ward who thinks that the deaths of civilians during wartime isn’t morally reprehensible. Death is not a good thing. I repeat; death is not a good thing. Those of us who’d rather not apologize for the bombings do not love, like or even admire death. The unpleasant reality is simply this; during wartime, I am more concerned about the lives of the members of our military than the lives of the people we are fighting. It is far more dangerous and ultimately hurtful to moralize during wartime than it is to choke down and accept the fact that during war, regardless of unifrom or no uniform, people die. I am not sorry for the bombings, however I am sorry that they had to happen in the first place.
It all seems worthless to stamp feet about it at this point. By January 20th the problem will take care of itself. At that point it’ll be up to we the people to start apologizing to the world for the next four years.