Obama ready to face historic, haunted ground of Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first American president to confront the historic and haunted ground of Hiroshima.

At a place of great suffering, where U.S. forces dropped the atomic bomb that gave birth to the nuclear age, Obama will pay tribute to the 140,000 people who died from the attack seven decades ago.

He will not apologize. He will not second-guess President Harry Truman’s decision to unleash the awful power of nuclear weapons. He will not dissect Japanese aggression in World War II.

Rather, Obama aimed to offer a simple reflection, acknowledging the devastating toll of war and coupling it with a message that the world can — and must — do better.

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