Hiroshima Pilot’s Son Denounces Obama’s “Unsaid Apology”
The son of Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets is angry about President Obama’s decision to send an official representative to tomorrow morning’s Hiroshima a-bomb memorial ceremony, reports Fox News:
James Tibbets, son of Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., says Friday’s visit to Hiroshima by U.S. Ambassador John Roos is an act of contrition that his late father would never have approved.
“It’s an unsaid apology,” Tibbets, 66, told FoxNews.com from his home in Georgiana, Ala. “Why wouldn’t it be? Why would [Roos] go? It doesn’t make any sense.
“I know it’s the anniversary, but I don’t know what the hell they’re trying to do. It needs to be left alone. The war is over.”
Tibbets, whose father died in 2007 at the age of 92, said he receives dozens of calls from veterans every year around this time thanking him for his father’s service.
“‘If it wasn’t for your dad, I wouldn’t be here,’” Tibbets said many veterans tell him. “This has been going on since he dropped that bomb.”
Tibbets said he sees Roos’ impending visit — it will be the first time the U.S. has sent a delegation to the anniversary commemoration in Hiroshima — as an attempt to revise history.
“It’s making the Japanese look like they’re the poor people, like they didn’t do anything,” he said. “They hit Pearl Harbor, they struck us. We didn’t slaughter the Japanese — we stopped the war.”
The Fox News article notes that quite a few Japanese leaders, including Naoto Kan, have visited and paid respects to America’s war dead at Arlington Cemetery. It is speculated that Ambassador Roos’ visit to Hiroshima could be paving the way for a future visit by President Obama.