As the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, President Obama delivered an emotional speech Friday in which he mourned the incredible loss of life following the 1945 bombings and called for an end to nuclear warfare. Obama opened his remarks with a reflection on the morning that an atomic bomb fell from sky onto the Japanese port city on Aug. 6, 1945. “A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself,” he said, addressing survivors of the nuclear attack who were in the audience at the city’s Peace Memorial Park. Tens of thousands died instantaneously, and roughly 140,000 people died in the aftermath of the twin bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki due to deadly radiation exposure. Obama praised efforts to “roll back” and “ultimately eliminate the existence of nuclear weapons” following the devastating bombings. “We may not be able to eliminate man’s capacity to do evil, so nations and the alliances that we form must possess the means to defend ourselves. But among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without… Read full this story
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