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Tojo's Granddaughter Campaigns in Japan
AP via ABC News ^ | Jun 11, 2007 | HIROKO TABUCHI

Posted on 06/11/2007 2:21:42 PM PDT by james500

Every morning for the last three months, Yuko Tojo has prayed at a war shrine for Japan's fallen soldiers including her grandfather, Gen. Hideki Tojo, the executed World War II premier who ordered the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Yuko, 68, will fight her own battle in July, when she competes as an independent in elections for parliament's upper house. An ultra-nationalist, her mission is to restore Japan's honor by scrapping its pacifist constitution and enacting a full-fledged military, giving the country the clout she says it deserves.

"I was born as Hideki Tojo's granddaughter, and as a Japanese national. I cannot see Japan go on like this, with no confidence or pride," Tojo told The Associated Press. "I do not think the war dead gave their lives for a country like this."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Japan; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: japs; nipponrevisionism; tojo
His granddaughter has defended the general's legacy, contending he reluctantly took Japan to war after a U.S. oil embargo threatened the country's survival.

"Japan did not fight a war of aggression. It fought in self-defense," she said. "Our children have been wrongly taught that their ancestors did evil things, that their country is evil. We need to give these children back their pride and confidence."

1 posted on 06/11/2007 2:21:43 PM PDT by james500
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To: james500

Tell that to the survivors of Japan’s rape and pillage in China.


2 posted on 06/11/2007 2:25:19 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: james500
Yuko-san is just one step removed from the idiots in sound trucks who drive around with martial music blaring and can occasionally be seen parked outside Shinjuku station and haranguing people changing trains to get home.

She may manage all of 3% of the votes in her district if she campaigns really, really hard.

3 posted on 06/11/2007 2:26:04 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: james500

you never know she could win. Mussolini’s Grandaughter is a political leader in Italy


4 posted on 06/11/2007 2:28:05 PM PDT by DM1
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
and the Philippines and Burma and Korea....
5 posted on 06/11/2007 2:31:36 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: DM1
you never know she could win. Mussolini’s Grandaughter is a political leader in Italy Maybe Yuko can get a Playboy spread as well.
6 posted on 06/11/2007 2:32:35 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: james500; TigerLikesRooster; Jet Jaguar; AmericanInTokyo; All

Tiger I didn’t know Tojo offspring was politican???


7 posted on 06/11/2007 2:33:39 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: james500

I wonder if Robert Oppenheimer’s grandkids have any aspirations for the next few years.


8 posted on 06/11/2007 2:34:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
oh yeah she is a real babe ;) she could make the grannies edition of playboy
9 posted on 06/11/2007 2:34:22 PM PDT by DM1
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To: james500
"Our children have been wrongly taught that their ancestors did evil things, that their country is evil. We need to give these children back their pride and confidence."

Ms. Tojo, The people of Japan have much to be proud of in their history and they can still be proud of their country's accomplishments and still acknowledge they did some really despicable things, particularly to the people of Korea and China.

To deny your country's despicable actions towards other nations will not give future generations any pride in their country.

His granddaughter has defended the general's legacy, contending he reluctantly took Japan to war after a U.S. oil embargo threatened the country's survival.

No, Ms. Tojo. Japan's warmongering in China and its horrible occupation of Korea threatened your country's survival and it certainly paid a price for its arrogance and war crimes.

10 posted on 06/11/2007 2:35:29 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time!)
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To: james500
His granddaughter has defended the general's legacy, contending he reluctantly took Japan to war after a U.S. oil embargo threatened the country's survival.

Was that oil embargo before or after the "Rape Of Nanking"? /rhetorical question.

Japan was already at war long before the US embargoes, they didn't declare war on the US until we stopped supplying needed war materials.

"Japan did not fight a war of aggression. It fought in self-defense," she said. "Our children have been wrongly taught that their ancestors did evil things, that their country is evil. We need to give these children back their pride and confidence."

I believe the Japanese are taught precious little about WWII that doesn't involve the bombing of Japan, but I'm not sure of that, I did not go to school in Japan. I have spoken with a Japanese fellow who felt that by using the atom bomb, Harry S saved his life. His job during the invasion was to dive under a tank and detonate the satchel charge he was to carry.

11 posted on 06/11/2007 2:39:12 PM PDT by magslinger (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors. And miss. R.A.Heinlein)
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To: DM1

Appears that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

The belief is probably strong among Koreans and Chinese that the Japanese, in their current we-were-victims-too attitudes, are a pack of unrepentant racist murderers.


12 posted on 06/11/2007 2:40:57 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: james500
Ignorance is bliss, apparently even if it is willful.
13 posted on 06/11/2007 2:41:19 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame." Benjamin Franklin)
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To: DM1; MuttTheHoople
Oh thanks, now I need some:
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14 posted on 06/11/2007 2:42:27 PM PDT by magslinger (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors. And miss. R.A.Heinlein)
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To: elcid1970
The belief is probably strong among Koreans and Chinese that the Japanese, in their current we-were-victims-too attitudes, are a pack of unrepentant racist murderers.

You're right! The popularity of Korean media & culture in Japan have a lot of Koreans scratching their heads a bit as well (and hauling all the yen to the bank, LOL!)

15 posted on 06/11/2007 2:42:44 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time!)
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To: james500
"I do not think the war dead gave their lives for a country like this."

The Japanese are fortunate that the United States did not treat Japan like they did when they conquered a nation.

16 posted on 06/11/2007 3:04:11 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (We must beat the Democrats or the country will be ruined! - Lincoln)
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To: elcid1970
Actually the Japanese have become ultra-pascifists because of these actions. Let me tell you that China and Korea will never let them forget, however I believe it is time for Japan to move on as to counter balance China’s dominance in Asia.

Anytime Japan moves towards increasing its military, China screams about pre-world war II atrocities all the while building an army/navy to dominate Asia and compete with the US.

17 posted on 06/11/2007 3:04:19 PM PDT by lt.america (Captain was already taken)
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To: DM1

In that picture she is standing in front of the Yasukuni shrine, a monument to Japan’s World War II “martyrs.” Tojo’s ashes are interred there.


18 posted on 06/11/2007 3:25:21 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: magslinger

rape of nanking was dec 1937. oil embargo was jul 1941 after the japanese “took” all of indochina from the vichy france government. they were warned after moving into northern indochina the embargo could happen if they moved south and they did anyway. i think they had one year of reserve oil stored in japan. they were going to ship oil back from the dutch east indies but, of course, didn’t build additional tankers to do this. by 1944 half the fleet was based in the singapore area because that was where the oil was. two of the three fleets attacking the us at leyte gulf came from the south.

the japanese in ww2 (as in starting in 1931 in manchuria) were vile people and probably worse than the nazis. dropping the bombs saved even more japanese than allied soldiers and sailors.


19 posted on 06/11/2007 3:38:40 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (everybody's shot. drive the truck)
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To: james500
"I was born as Hideki Tojo's granddaughter, and as a Japanese national. I cannot see Japan go on like this, with no confidence or pride," Tojo told The Associated Press. "I do not think the war dead gave their lives for a country like this."

It's a pity that Tojo's relatives were not executed with him.
20 posted on 06/11/2007 3:41:27 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Current tagline banned under hate speech laws.)
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To: james500

Japan SHOULD be remilitarized.


21 posted on 06/11/2007 4:39:27 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Japan may not have a choice. If a dimmycrat is elected to the White House the US may just pull out of Asia and let the Chinese have it, least the shipment of Walmart products stop. Japan may need to re-arm to keep her independence. Signs to watch out for: 1) They re-name their navy to the “Imperial Navy” rather than the Maritime self defence force. Or 2) When they launch a carrier.


22 posted on 06/11/2007 4:57:54 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Japan will go independent of the United States.

As the second largest economic power in the world, it shall be their course to politely part ways with the Americans and have the US remove its troops. They then, like a "normal nation" will go about engaing in the work to be completely responsible for their own defense.

Since they respect power, they will embark on this course when they see less and less power by the United States in Asia, they see an ascendent China, and they will decide for themselves at the end of the day they are not a vassal state of the USA, and hence will rearm to the fullest.

It will surprise a lot of people.

But it is coming.

Five it five years.

23 posted on 06/11/2007 5:03:52 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Leaning for HUNTER. Thompson could change that. I won't say bad things about Tancredo, either.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

We should’ve remilitarized Japan as soon as Mao took absolute control of Mainland China. For whatever atrocities the Japanese committed upwards of 70 years ago, the Red Chinese have already outpaced them in their sheer oppression and untold murders we’ll never know about.


24 posted on 06/11/2007 5:04:27 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: Tamar1973
Whenever I am asked if I had any regrets about World War 2, my standard reply is, "Yes, I regret that we didn't have 10 more Atomic Bombs ready so that we could have bombed those warmongers back to the Stone Age."

P.S. Before you start sending nasty replies, you should know that I lived under Japanese occupation!

25 posted on 06/11/2007 5:24:55 PM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: james500

It needs to be noted that it was Japan’s warmongering which paved the way for the communist takeovers that followed the war.


26 posted on 06/11/2007 5:28:31 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
contending he reluctantly took Japan to war after a U.S. oil embargo threatened the country's survival.

There's more than a bit of truth to that. Yes there were evils in Japan but Japan was not committing crimes or attacking citizens of the respective states. Unless China was annexed as part of the US without anyone saying anything.

27 posted on 06/11/2007 5:32:17 PM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

They’ve been on about it for awhile haven’t they? Saw something about two years ago the Japanese were trying to change something, had to do with airspace or airports and sovereignty. Sorry it was awhile back so not sure on the specifics.


28 posted on 06/11/2007 5:34:42 PM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: james500
His granddaughter has defended the general's legacy, contending he reluctantly took Japan to war after a U.S. oil embargo threatened the country's survival.

A lot of Americans, left and right, will tell you the same thing.

When I was a young-un people were convinced the lessons of WWII would never be forgotten. How wrong they were. You listen to people these days spew about the "greatest generation" and the next day listen to them preach appeasement, isolationism and defeatism.

29 posted on 06/11/2007 5:43:54 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: albee

My dad remembered China as the Japanese took more and more territory, driving out all western influence and institutions well before the US cut off oil and scrap steel sales. He was a pilot for China National Airline Company, owned by American Airlines at the time. Many old CNAC pilots ended up in the China-Burma-India Campaign, as dad did. He knew what the Japanese were capable of from first-hand experience.


30 posted on 06/11/2007 6:28:34 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: DM1; cardinal4

In that portrait, Tojo sort of resembles The Honorable John Conyers. I’m just sayin’.....


31 posted on 06/11/2007 6:36:11 PM PDT by Ax ("Cats are snakes with fur." (Pauly Walnuts))
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I agree that Japan will become increasingly independent. However, I can’t imagine them cozying up with communist china. The threat of Red Chinese Nationalism and retribution is too great for the Japanese to kick us out completely.


32 posted on 06/11/2007 7:08:34 PM PDT by rmlew (Build a wall, attrit the illegals, end the anchor babies, Americanize Immigrants)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Your Dad must have lived an exciting life!

I salute him!

33 posted on 06/11/2007 7:34:23 PM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: fortheDeclaration
"The Japanese are fortunate that the United States did not treat Japan like they did when they conquered a nation."

That is correct. The last thing we need as anyone attempting to reinstate the dark era the likes of Tojo.


34 posted on 06/11/2007 11:52:36 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: colorado tanker
>>His granddaughter has defended the general’s legacy, >>contending he reluctantly took Japan to war after a U.S. >>oil embargo threatened the country’s survival.
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>A lot of Americans, left and right, will tell you the same >thing.
>

Not a big expert on pre-war Pacific political geography, and was always skeptical of these kind of claims but ... General Marshall was called to a post-war Congressional inquiry -seven- times and always had to disappear abroad on urgent business of high import to United States foreign policy. He never appeared. Clearly, he was not going to answer any questions about the run-up to war and it is likely that the war with Japan was precipitated.

There was nothing wrong with that as an aim (unless our own interests were not at risk) but it does mitigate Japanese guilt for unprovoked aggression or other non-Convention ‘moral equivalency’ charge.

As far at the future goes, I do not think Japanese re-militarization would be of any significance, any more than German re-militarization. It is much much cheaper to purchase the land than it is conquer it. East Prussia would be like East Germany in that it is cost-center and not a profit-center. Economically it is worthless - to the German state. To those who lost their ancestral lands, it is priceless. But that is another matter.

Japan’s only remaining territorial claims are the Kuriles and this is not going to be settled militarily.

35 posted on 06/12/2007 1:00:07 AM PDT by PzGr43
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To: rmlew
Correct. Quite correct indeed.

They will be allied with us, but policy differences between us and Japan will increase in nature and in intensity. They will not rely on us any more against the PRC, but will fully take matters into their own hands.

36 posted on 06/12/2007 1:47:54 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Leaning for HUNTER. Thompson could change that. I won't say bad things about Tancredo, either.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I dunno. Yokosuka and Okinawa will likely be American bases for another 25 years, from my observation. NK is the primary reason.


37 posted on 06/12/2007 5:16:36 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: PzGr43
Not a big expert on pre-war Pacific political geography, and was always skeptical of these kind of claims but ... General Marshall was called to a post-war Congressional inquiry -seven- times and always had to disappear abroad on urgent business of high import to United States foreign policy. He never appeared. Clearly, he was not going to answer any questions about the run-up to war and it is likely that the war with Japan was precipitated.

General Marshall did testify before Congress concerning the run-up to Pearl Harbor and the role of the Chief of Staff's office has been thoroughly researched. The vast majority of the focus has been on the question of whether warnings were adequate to the commands in Hawaii or whether action could have been taken to defend against the attack.

The argument over the embargo strikes me as classic appeasement reasoning. The embargo only came after years of Japanese war against China and clear threats against Southeast Asia. A policy to supply Japan's war effort against China and possibly others might have avoided the 1941 attack on Pearl and delayed a general war in Asia, but when it came Japan would have been stronger.

38 posted on 06/12/2007 9:16:40 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: DM1
oh yeah she is a real babe ;)

GUILTY!

39 posted on 06/12/2007 9:18:36 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: PzGr43
As far at the future goes, I do not think Japanese re-militarization would be of any significance, any more than German re-militarization.

I agree. Re-militarization could help, actually, to deter the threats from China and a nuclear North Korea.

It is troubling, however, that the Japanese largely refuse to recognize the fact that their unjustified aggression caused the Pacific War, while in contrast Germany has faced its past and is determined not to repeat it. The situation in Asia today, however, is vastly different than in 1941 - Japan could never dominate Korea and China today as it could before WWII, even if became inclined to do so again.

40 posted on 06/12/2007 9:22:40 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: MuttTheHoople
Maybe Yuko can get a Playboy spread as well.

At 68, perhaps that is the final nail needed in the coffin of the political career of this apologist.

41 posted on 06/12/2007 10:04:04 AM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: M. Espinola
Yes, next we will hear about some relative of Hilter or Mussolini coming around crying about their war dead!

This is why I reject all of the moral relativism that is displayed in movies.

For example, Clint Eastwood's movie glorifying the Japanese on Iwo Jima.

These were men who fought for a evil and vicious system that needed to be killed.

I don't want to know about their love letters and personal 'feelings'.

They certainly did not care about our POW's who they were planning on murdering before we dropped the bomb (and did murder many).

That is also why I do not want to hear about the excuses given by Ron Paul about why Islam 'hates us'.

42 posted on 06/13/2007 2:41:44 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (We must beat the Democrats or the country will be ruined! - Lincoln)
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To: fortheDeclaration
You are fully correct.

These are quotes from 'Imperial Japan:

Professor T. Tomaki, Kyoto Imperial University, from a radio speech during February of 1942: “Japan is the foundation and the axis of the world. The world must be unified around Japan. Without unity there will be no peace. When the world is unified under one power, then there will be eternal peace. Japan is the ruling nation of the world.”

Same person, on Tokyo Radio, also in February of 1942: “There is a spitefulness in the Europeans and Americans. This, too, is a reason that Europeans and Americans should be annihilated.”

Professor Tokuyomi Sanya, of Kyoto Imperial University, May, 1942: “We are striving to carry out our sacred mission of destroying America and Britain.”

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Jan. 24th, 1941: “I am looking forward to dictating peace to the United States in the White House at Washington.”

Tadahika Inaizumi, Oct. 12th, 1942: “...the Emperor of Japan is the Emperor not only of Japan but also of all the races of the world.”

Prince Konoye, July 7th, 1938, in the New York Times: ”Japan does not want an inch of Chinese territory.”

Top officials in both Nazi Germany & Imperial Japan had the same demented warlike mindset on numerous issues, even rabid Anti-Semitism:

Teiichi Muto, 1939: “They do not realize that the Jewish policies of capitalism, communism and democracy, are fundamentally such that they and our national structure cannot survive together.”

Koshi Akarike, 1939: “All the world's newspapers, in London or New York, whether large or small, aer without exception under control of the Jews.”

Tokyo Radio, July 25th, 1943: “The present war of enormous tribulations is nothing but the machination of the Hebrews who are trying to achieve their aim of uncontested materialistic domination.”

Admiral Nomura, June 22nd, 1943: “Japan is invincible.”

Kempeitai: Japan's Dreaded Military Police

43 posted on 06/14/2007 12:30:39 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: fortheDeclaration
One more link the Japs never utter a word about, or will deny if questioned.

Japan's WWII A-bomb Project in Hungnam, N Korea

44 posted on 06/14/2007 1:22:18 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: M. Espinola

Yes, and they were also using human beings to test germ warfare.


45 posted on 06/14/2007 4:05:41 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (We must beat the Democrats or the country will be ruined! - Lincoln)
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To: hunter112
the executed World War II premier who ordered the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Executed war criminal.

46 posted on 06/14/2007 4:06:46 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (We must beat the Democrats or the country will be ruined! - Lincoln)
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