|The president's long tacit prayer had ended. He raised his tear-streaked face.|
|"Mr. President, a word if you please."|
|I have just offered a flower to the countless people who perished owing to
the atomic bombs my country had dropped.
This flower is not a sign of judgment. I am not passing judgment on my countrymen, nor have I the intention of doing so on those who fought against us. This is because judging others is nothing but a declaration of hate, vengeance, suffering. Ignorance replaces understanding.