I'm afraid that you may be missing the point of the rememberance and the bell. The point of this ceremony is to help the world remember the horror of nuclear weapons, and to hope/pray that it will never happen again.
In the US, there are celebrations of the D-Day landing, but the purpose is to commemorate and honor your soldiers, not to demonize the Germans that made it necessary or to list off all of their crimes.
I agree that Japan (and the US, Canada, UK, etc) need to reflect on and apologize for atrocities, but this is a different issue than remembering the dead.
DanComment Posted By Dan Beaulieu On 8.08.2005 @ 15:26
"These â€˜illegal combatantsâ€™ will not reciprocate humane treatment by the US."
Is this the new measure of American "values"? To be one rung better than that those you consider to be the scum of humanity?
Is torture acceptable? The answer is yes or no. Accept torture as a tool or do not, but don't tell me that it depends on who is giving and who is receiving.
DanComment Posted By Dan Beaulieu On 5.08.2005 @ 12:59
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