Monday, November 16, 2009

Obama Apologizes For Nanking

BEIJING, CHINA - As a favor to Japan's Emperor Akihito, President Barack Obama assumed full responsibility for the brutal 1937 Japanese occupation of Nanking and apologized to Chinese President Hu Jintao. "America's actions were the inexcusable actions of a rogue state: aerial bombardment of a helpless city, executing civilians, sinking of the American gunboat Panay, and the mass rape and slaughter of Chinese women. For these crimes, perpetrated by past administrations, I offer my humblest and most sincere apologies." Xinhua News Agency did not state Hu's response, however their report included remarks by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "A few days back, President Obama had just finished apologizing to Akihito for Pearl Harbor. Since he was visiting China next, the President was asked by the Emperor if he'd mind apologizing for Nanking and the whole 1937 to 1945 war. In Asia, accepting another country's war crimes is considered culturally sensitive. It was the neighborly thing to do." As a gift, the Emperor presented the President an iPod containing Akihito's 18 greatest speeches, all in Japanese, and a boxed VHS set of Kurosawa films in Secam format. (Photo:

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