Who says I can't acknowledge this fact?
Rather than acknowledge the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - you said the Japanese try to portray themselves as victims and were always aggressors. You clearly weren't interested in sympathising with the men, women, children, foreign POWs or even the Koreans who were killed in the bombing. Instead you used my posting as an opportunity to possibly imply that the Japanese capitalise on this to gloss over the wrongs that they have committed OR to move the conversation in a different direction (perhaps because you want the Japanese to be portrayed in a certain way in this thread)
The bolded part. You got it right. I was exactly implying that. It's a fact. I thought you knew it. Really Truman made a tremendous mistake. Not only did he make a decision that killed INNOCENT LIVES, he gave Japan sort of an 'excuse', again, your bolded part accurately captures the Jap gov's intention.
Furthermore, I understand your feelings on the matter. I always found it quite easy to identify with Koreans because Korean history and Irish history have many parallels. I understand that it can be difficult to let go of certain feelings when you feel that people don't really care about the things that have happened in your country - responsibility/accountability would be nice but you'd settle for acknowledgement - when you feel that people want to downplay past events or even try to excuse them, rather than acknowledge them just so that people can move on let go.
Again, you got it right. The bolded part. That's EXACTLY the reason why there's still tensions about WWII. Japan isn't SINCERE about their past aggression. That's why Asians just can't trust Japan(Except, of course, LeonHart
However, if you can't separate what governments/military do from what civilians do - then I don't know what to say to you. You can't blame every single Japanese person past and/or present for the wrongs that some, or even many committed. There were possibly or even probably a significant number of Japanese people that suffered considerably under their own government and the rigidity of their own social structure. They and their descendants do not deserve anything other than sympathy. It's sad if you can't see that, if you'd rather try to create opportunities to blame indescriminantly...because that's a slippery slope. Where do you draw the line? What's an acceptable level and what isn't?
When did I blame innocent Japanese people? Of course when I say Japan, I'm implying Japanese government. I know modern Japanese history sufficiently enough to know that their society wasn't as totalitarian as it seems to be and there was significant oppositions, politically and socially, against the imperialist movement.
Of course everybody should deplore the atomic bombings and feel sympathy for the victims of that. As I said before, I was tactless to reply quoting the picture and I apologize for that.
Let me put it to you this way. Just 20 years after Ireland became free (and also divided) after centuries of oppression and uncountable atrocities, tens of thousands of Irishmen voluntarily enlisted in the British Army (yes, the British army) to fight Nazism. No real efforts had been made to make amends, unfavourable terms of the treaty were still in place and equality for Irish people living in Northern Ireland was still just a dream but a huge number of men joined the army (and took considerable flack for it at home both before and after the war) to work together and stand up for what was right. This was less than a full generation later. After centuries of oppression, these men were untainted, their humanity was very much intact. Many others in Ireland had obviously been hardened and would have had little to no sympathy for what the British were going through - probably even to the civilians who were suffering in the UK. Though, that's understandable in a way, it's not justified. Most of the civilians who were suffering were working class people and neither they or their ancestors had any involvement in the oppression of Ireland or would have benefited from it. Did those civilians not deserve sympathy? Shouldn't their suffering have been widely acknowledged? I doubt it was and Dublin was bombed during the war too (it was mistaken for Belfast) so some would've understood what British civilians were going through.
I'm glad that a significantly number of men could swallow some pretty bitter feelings to do what was right!!
I'm not sure what your example signifies
Are you saying that Koreans should've forgone the brutal colonial rule and followed Japan's WWII slogan of 'Great Asia Prosperity Sphere' and fight alongside Japan during the War?
As I said repeatedly, Japan apparently isn't sincere about their past aggression. If they're not, why should Asians, say, 'love' Japan?
If a rapist isn't sincere about apology on rape, should the victim wholeheartedly embrace the rapist and love him?
Christian love? I think that's a more accurate analogy