As one might expect, President Obama’s speech at Hiroshima was more like one delivered at an anti-war rally than one delivered by the leader of the free world. Consider this passage:
The world war that reached its brutal end in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fought among the wealthiest and most powerful of nations. Their civilizations had given the world great cities and magnificent art. Their thinkers had advanced ideas of justice and harmony and truth. And yet the war grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes, an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints.
The United States did not enter WWII because of a “base instinct for domination or conquest,” but because this country was subject to an unprovoked attack at Pearl Harbor. But to hear President Obama talk about it, one could easily be under the impression the United States and Imperial Japan were morally equivalent or for that matter the United States and Nazi Germany.
Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill.
So were Buddhists responsible for San Bernardino? Can we blame the Paris attacks on Hindus? Did Rastafarians claim responsibility for the attacks in Brussels? While no one religion is free of people who do harm in its name, this country’s security apparatus and that of our Allies has changed because of a critical mass within a single religion — Islam. But this is classic Obama. The man who says ISIS isn’t Islamic.
The wars of the modern age teach us this truth. Hiroshima teaches this truth. Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution as well.
Such a moral revolution ought to begin in Iran where “Death to America! Death to Iran!” is its daily bread. Of course, the Obama Administration dismisses such language as nothing more than fodder for domestic political consumption as if the Iranian people had any free choice in the matter.
There was a chance of such a moral revolution during the 2009 “elections” when the Iranian regime brutally suppressed protests and killed teenaged girls in broad daylight. To this, Obama said we must not “meddle.”
Instead, the Obama Administration gave Iran legitimacy and made a nuclear deal with the regime the centerpiece of its foreign policy. A regime which has repeatedly threatened to use a nuclear weapon against Israel. Just a few days ago, a top Iranian military commander boasted his nation’s weaponry could destroy Israel in eight minutes. If this should come to pass then we can properly give credit to President Obama for allowing it to happen.