Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans about my visit to Hiroshima, and I believe that by understanding the past, we can secure a more peaceful future for our children and grandchildren.
I visited Hiroshima not to apologize, but to honor the memory of all who lost their lives during World War II and reaffirm our commitment to working toward a world where nuclear weapons will no longer be necessary. Our generation has a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to prevent such destruction and suffering from ever happening again. There are many sites around the world that chronicle the depravity of war, and the images of the mushroom clouds that rose over Hiroshima and Nagasaki are stark reminders of what can happen when the technological power to destroy advances faster than the power of our institutions to prevent conflict. The memory of those days in August 1945 must never fade because it allows us to fight complacency—it fuels our moral imagination and allows us to change.
Since those fateful days, we have made choices that give us hope. The United States and Japan forged not only an alliance, but a friendship that has won far more for our people than we could ever claim through war. Battlefields have been replaced with bonds of commerce and democracy. The international community has worked to avoid war and aspires to restrict and roll back—and ultimately eliminate—the existence of nuclear weapons.
We may not be able to eliminate man’s capacity to do evil—which is why we must possess the means to defend ourselves and our allies—but we must also have the courage to escape the logic of fear. If we can recognize our common humanity, then together we can ensure that nuclear weapons never have to be used again.
Again, thank you for writing. I will keep your message in mind.
Mr. Obama is going to spend over $1,000,000,000,000 to "upgrade" our nuclear weapons and make them more usable and therefore, more likely to be used. What a hypocrite he is.