Today, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima.
Speaking at the memorial to those killed by the U.S. atomic bomb, he reaffirmed his commitment to disarmament, saying, “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 them.”
The president's presence at Hiroshima is an opportunity to remind the world of the horrors of nuclear weapons and the terrible costs of war. It's also an opportunity for us to sustain and strengthen our shared commitment to eliminating these weapons. Act now: write a letter to the editor in support of President Obama’s visit.
The central message of the president’s speech is particularly resonant
"We must change our mindset about war itself. To prevent conflict through diplomacy, and strive to end conflicts after they've begun. To see our growing interdependence as a cause for peaceful cooperation, and not violent competition. To define our nations not by our capacity to destroy, but by what we build. And perhaps above all, we must re-imagine our connection to one another as members of one human race."
Yet already the president is being criticized for even visiting Hiroshima – much less working to rid the world of nuclear weapons. It’s important for people to voice support for the president’s trip and the disarmament goals he articulated.
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P.S. In advance of the president’s visit, FCNL worked with constituents in Ohio and Kentucky to publish op-eds supporting the trip. You can read them here and find additional speech analysis and updates.