March 6, 2021

In Hiroshima, Obama visit stirs warm but complex feelings

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Frederic Pearson, director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, said Obama’s visit might prompt Americans to look more deeply at the wartime history.

“If you look at the bombing (of Hiroshima), the targeting was over the center of the city. They (the U.S.) gave the excuse that there were military bases on the fringes,” said Pearson, who was touring the Peace Museum with Jackson on Sunday.

“Two of those pictures of the mushroom cloud (displayed in the museum) were taken from the military bases, neither of which were hit. So there was absolutely no excuse for bombing the center of the city,” he said.