John Kerry recently visited Hiroshima, purportedly as a precursor to a planned visit by President Obama, who is rumored to be considering an apology to Japan for America’s dropping of atomic bombs 71 years ago. The horrific bombings are inexplicable without examining the context in which they occurred.
Constitutional nations with common traditions of freedom of the individual, self-criticism, and tolerance of dissent and difference are becoming rare these days. Without shared military power and cooperation, Westerners can either all hang together or surely we will hang separately.
In the 1930s, half-educated student faddists swallowed live goldfish. In the 1950s, the silly campus craze was to cram into phone booths. In the 1960s, students went feral and torched buildings. Now, they pout and rename things.
Amid the furor over Islamic terrorism in the United States, a few themes are ignored: the role of friends and family of terrorists, and how well the U.S. had treated many of those who went on to kill Americans.