Update to this story. It was not a mistake. Obama calls it ‘the war’s brutal end’ and ‘How easily we seek to justify violence in the name of some higher cause’. That ‘higher cause’ was saving hundreds of thousands of American lives. And yes, Japan started it. Our defeating them and the Nazis saved the world.

HIROSHIMA, Japan, May 26 (UPI) — President Barack Obama traveled to Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday, marking the first time a U.S. president has visited the site of the world’s first nuclear attack, carried out more than 70 years ago.

Obama arrived in Hiroshima Friday afternoon and along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial — a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in 1915. Thirty years later, it was nearly decimated by the atomic bomb dropped by the United States. The structure, in fact, was the only one left standing near the bomb’s hypocenter.

The president is in Japan for the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima, following a visit to Vietnam.

“Seventy-one years ago on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed,” Obama said at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. “A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city, and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself.”

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