US President Barack Obama delivered a speech when he visited Hiroshima, which suffered a US atomic bombing in 1945. He said Hiroshima should be the start of people’s moral awakening.
He was speaking at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday in front of atomic bomb survivors and others.
Obama said, “Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in the not-so-distant past. We come to mourn the dead including over 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, thousands of Koreans, a dozen Americans held prisoner.”
He also said, “The memory of the morning of August 6th, 1945, must never fade.”
The president noted, “In the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction.”
Obama said that the world war reached its brutal end in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
He stressed Hiroshima and Nagasaki should be known as the start of people’s moral awakening.
He said people remember all the innocents killed in that terrible war, and that their sufferings cannot be described in words.
Obama stated people have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history.
He said those died in Hiroshima were ordinary citizens, and that ordinary people do not want more war.
He added the wonders of science should be focused on improving life, and not eliminating it.
He said when the choices made by nations or their leaders reflect this simple wisdom, then the lesson of Hiroshima is done.