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President Obama Urges ‘Moral Awakening’ During His Historic Visit to Hiroshima

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“Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” President Obama began, imagining the horror of Aug. 6, 1945. “A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed the city. It demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.”

After laying a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Obama mourned the Japanese, Korean and U.S. victims of the world’s first atomic blast in World War II.

“Their souls speak to us, and they ask us to look inward, take stock of who we are and what we might become,” he said.

Invoking the image of a mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, the president cited “humanity’s core contradiction” — the capacity for “unmatched destruction” — and called for a “moral evolution.”

“That is why we come to this place,” Obama said. “We stand here, in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry.”

 

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