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John Kerry

Haunted by Hiroshima

Haunted by Hiroshima

Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park on Monday was an overdue acknowledgment of the devastating effects of the atomic bomb blast that killed 140,000 people more than 70 years ago. Mr. Kerry is the highest ranking diplomat from the U.S. to ever visit the memorial, a sign of respect that the Japanese people deserved to witness before today.

Whatever one may think of the U.S. decision to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and another on Nagasaki a few days later — whether it spared lives that might have been lost in an invasion of Japan or cost civilization dearly — the inferno unleashed was unprecedented and continues to be felt today. Mr....