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Alive and safe, the brutal Japanese soldiers who butchered 20,000 Allied seamen in cold blood
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 3, 2007 | NIGEL BLUNDELL

Posted on 11/03/2007 6:56:30 PM PDT by Stoat

Alive and safe, the brutal Japanese soldiers who butchered 20,000 Allied seamen in cold blood

By NIGEL BLUNDELL - More by this author » Last updated at 17:53pm on 3rd November 2007

  The perpetrators of some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War remain alive and unpunished in Japan, according to a damning new book.

 

Painstaking research by British historian Mark Felton reveals that the wartime behaviour of the Japanese Navy was far worse than their counterparts in Hitler's Kriegsmarine.

According to Felton, officers of the Imperial Japanese Navy ordered the deliberately sadistic murders of more than 20,000 Allied seamen and countless civilians in cold-blooded defiance of the Geneva Convention.

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Crewmen on the submarine I-8, where Allied prisoners were slaughtered

"Many of the Japanese sailors who committed such terrible deeds are still alive today," he said.

"No one and nothing has bothered these men in six decades. There is only one documented case of a German U-boat skipper being responsible for cold-blooded murder of survivors. In the Japanese Imperial Navy, it was official orders."

Felton has compiled a chilling list of atrocities. He said: "The Japanese Navy sank Allied merchant and Red Cross vessels, then murdered survivors floating in the sea or in lifeboats.

"Allied air crew were rescued from the ocean and then tortured to death on the decks of ships.

"Naval landing parties rounded up civilians then raped and massacred them. Some were taken out to sea and fed to sharks. Others were killed by sledge-hammer, bayonet, beheading, hanging, drowning, burying alive, burning or crucifixion.

"I also unearthed details of medical experiments by naval doctors, with prisoners being dissected while still alive."

Felton's research reveals for the first time the full extent of the war crimes committed by the Imperial Japanese Navy, a force that traditionally modelled itself on the Royal Navy. Previously unknown documents suggest that at least 12,500 British sailors and a further 7,500 Australians were butchered.

Felton cites the case of the British merchantman Behar, sunk by the heavy cruiser Tone on March 9, 1944. The Tone's captain Haruo Mayuzumi picked up survivors and, after ten days of captivity below decks, had 85 of them assembled, hands bound, on his ship's stern.

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Target: the merchant ship Behar. Its surviving crew were beheaded with swords

Kicked in their stomachs and testicles by the Japanese, they were then, one by one, beheaded with swords and their bodies dumped overboard.

A solitary senior officer, Commander Junsuke Mii, risked his career by dissenting. But he gave evidence at a subsequent war crimes tribunal only under duress. Meanwhile, most of the officers who conducted the execution remained at liberty after the war.

Felton also tells the horrifying story of James Blears, a 21-year-old radio operator and one of several Britons on the Dutch-registered merchant ship Tjisalak, which was torpedoed by the submarine I-8 on March 26, 1944, while sailing from Melbourne to Ceylon with 103 passengers and crew.

Fished from the sea or ordered out of lifeboats, Blears and his fellow survivors were assembled on the sub's foredeck.

From the conning tower, Commander Shinji Uchino issued the ominous order: "Do not look back because that will be too bad for you," Blears recalled.

One by one, the prisoners were shot, decapitated with swords or simply bludgeoned with a sledge-hammer and thrown on to the churning propellers.

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Atrocity: The Japanese executing prisoners

According to Blears: "One guy, they cut off his head halfway and let him flop around on the deck. The others I saw, they just lopped them off with one slice and threw them overboard. The Japanese were laughing and one even filmed the whole thing with a cine camera."

Blears waited for his turn, then pulled his hands out of his bindings and dived overboard amid machine-gun fire.

He swam for hours until he found a lifeboat, in which he was joined by two other officers and later an Indian crewman who had escaped alone after 22 of his fellow countrymen had been tied to a rope behind the I-8 and dragged to their deaths as it dived underwater.

Uchino, who was hailed a Japanese hero, ended the war in a senior land-based role and was never brought to trial.

Felton said: "This kind of behaviour was encouraged under a navy order dated March 20, 1943, which read, 'Do not stop at the sinking of enemy ships and cargoes. At the same time carry out the complete destruction of the crews'."

In the months after that order, the submarine I-37 sank four British merchant ships and one armed vessel and, in every case, the survivors were machine-gunned in the sea.

The submarine's commander was sentenced to eight years in prison at a war crimes trial, but was freed three years later when the Japanese government ruled his actions to have been "legal acts of war".

Felton said: "Most disturbing is the Japanese amnesia about their war record and senior politicians' outrageous statements about the war and their rewriting of history.

"The Japanese murdered 30million civilians while "liberating" what it called the Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere from colonial rule. About 23million of these were ethnic Chinese.

"It's a crime that in sheer numbers is far greater than the Nazi Holocaust. In Germany, Holocaust denial is a crime. In Japan, it is government policy. But the evidence against the navy – precious little of which you will find in Japan itself – is damning."

The geographical breadth of the navy's crimes, the heinous nature of the acts themselves and the sadistic behaviour of the officers and men concerned are almost unimaginable.

For example, the execution of 312 Australian and Dutch defenders of the Laha Airfield, Java, was ordered by Rear Admiral Koichiro Hatakeyama on February 24 and 25, 1942.

The facts were squeezed out of two Japanese witnesses by Australian army interrogators as there were no Allied survivors.

One of the Japanese sailors described how the first prisoner to be killed, an Australian, was led forward to the edge of a pit, forced to his knees and beheaded with a samurai sword by a Warrant Officer Sasaki, prompting a great cry of admiration from the watching Japanese.

Sasaki dispatched four more prisoners, and then the ordinary sailors came forward one by one to commit murder.

They laughed and joked with each other even when the executions were terribly botched, the victims pushed into the pit with their heads half attached, jerking feebly and moaning.

Hatakeyama was arraigned by the Australians, but died before his trial could begin. Four senior officers were hanged, but a lack of Allied witnesses made prosecuting others very difficult.

Felton said that the Americans were the most assiduous of the Allied powers in collecting evidence of crimes against their servicemen, including those of Surgeon Commander Chisato Ueno and eight staff who were tried and hanged for dissecting an American prisoner while he was alive in the Philippines in 1945.

However, the British authorities lacked the staff, money and resources of the Americans, and the British Labour government was not fully committed to pursuing Japanese war criminals into the Fifties.

Slaughter At Sea: The Story Of Japan's Naval War Crimes by Mark Felton is published by Pen & Sword on November 20 at £19.99.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
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Amazon.com Slaughter at Sea The Untold Story of Japan's Naval War Crimes Books Mark Felton

 

 

 

(To be released by the publisher on November 15, 2007)

1 posted on 11/03/2007 6:56:33 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: archy; indcons; Doohickey

Ping


2 posted on 11/03/2007 6:59:16 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

bump


3 posted on 11/03/2007 7:01:50 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Liberals want to turn this country and the world back into a feudal society.)
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To: Stoat

Maybe the democrats in Congress could pass a resolution or something.


4 posted on 11/03/2007 7:03:25 PM PDT by phrogphlyer (Proud member of the contrarian fringe.)
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To: Stoat
Sicking, lets nuke japan again just for laughs

mild sarcasm

5 posted on 11/03/2007 7:04:45 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Stoat

I’ve read a couple of similar books. One about japanese submariners atrocities, and one about land forces. It’s amazing that we’re still building memorials to the Nazi’s victims, but few people even know what the japs did. How about the germ warfare that’s still killing people in Asia?


6 posted on 11/03/2007 7:05:28 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Stoat
Comparisons with the German Navy in WWII are risky. 90% of the members of their submarine service (which did virtually all of the damage to allied shipping, and which killed thousands of merchant seamen) DIED IN THE WAR.

The Japanese Navy simply had more survivors than did the Germans.

To the degree any of these guys are still walking around, it won't be long and they'll all be dead.

7 posted on 11/03/2007 7:09:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: All
This FR thread from September of this year may also be of interest:

Beheaded at whim and worked to death Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs

8 posted on 11/03/2007 7:13:15 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: ozzymandus

The only “atrocity” academics want to see is the racism of Americans against the Japanese in WWII.

We made cartoons of them with buck-teeth and slanty eyes... They think that’s a greater crime than everything Felton describes in his book.


9 posted on 11/03/2007 7:13:17 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Stoat

Time to resurrect Paul Tibits.


10 posted on 11/03/2007 7:13:22 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Stoat

The japanese were the most brutal and that is the main reason we let ‘em have it with fire raids and two atomic bombs.They had it coming in a big,big way.We will not forget though maybe the japanese people have.


11 posted on 11/03/2007 7:15:20 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: muawiyah

and when these bastards do die I hope to hell they go slowly and painfully. somehow. somewhere.


12 posted on 11/03/2007 7:17:44 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: bobby.223

An understandable sentiment.

I’d rather they suffered the misery of the weight of their deeds, and then made their peace with God.


13 posted on 11/03/2007 7:20:09 PM PDT by dadgum
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To: Stoat

No wonder my father, who fought the Japs in the Philippines, was so delighted to see the aromic bomb dropped. He knew that if it wasn’t dropped, he and his brethren in the US Army would be facing a nation of people with these values.


14 posted on 11/03/2007 7:20:24 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Stoat

Another book is HIDDEN HORRORS. Japanese War Crimes of WWII.

http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=6963120

Check it out, It makes Abu Ghraibe look like a summer resort.


15 posted on 11/03/2007 7:21:45 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Stoat

It’s nice the new Chevy Impala seems to be the equal of Japanese brands.
Sorry that I’m old fashioned (but not old), but for the reasons in the post, I will not buy a Japanse vehicle if I can avoid it.


16 posted on 11/03/2007 7:21:57 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious. Orwell)
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To: ozzymandus
It’s amazing that we’re still building memorials to the Nazi’s victims, but few people even know what the japs did.

Agreed.  You (and others) may find this FR thread interesting, although incredibly saddening.

Beheaded at whim and worked to death Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs

How about the germ warfare that’s still killing people in Asia?

Please forgive my ignorance; I'm not sure that I'm familiar with what you're referring to.  Do you mean germ warfare munitions from WW2?

17 posted on 11/03/2007 7:22:27 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: imahawk

We will not forget though maybe the japanese people have.

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Oh, but, of course, our actions are remembered every year when they whine about our a-bomb attacks.


18 posted on 11/03/2007 7:23:26 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Duncan Hunter in 2008!)
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To: Stoat

Having recently read the book Flyboys about the Japanese expoits on Ichi Jima, this is not surprising, except that they practiced cannibalism on Navy fliers which is not mentioned here. All the Japanese officers involved on Ichi Jima were executed by the American Army.


19 posted on 11/03/2007 7:25:13 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Stoat

neversurrender!


20 posted on 11/03/2007 7:27:56 PM PDT by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: Stoat

Yes. The Japs used anthrax and other types of germ warfare in China and other countries. Some of the cultures they released are still active. There was a show about this on the History Channel.


21 posted on 11/03/2007 7:28:22 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Stoat
"The Japanese murdered 30million civilians while "liberating" what it called the Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere from colonial rule. About 23million of these were ethnic Chinese.

I wonder if historians generally agree on this number.

It seems high to me, although I don't remember reading any number for Asian civilian deaths attributed to the Japanese.

22 posted on 11/03/2007 7:29:30 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: Stoat

It’s a shame we stopped at two nukes.


23 posted on 11/03/2007 7:30:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Fairview

My dad fought them in the Philippines as well. He saw what the japanese did to his fellow soldiers. He never mentioned the bomb or very little else about the war. He just drank to forget. I heard horror stories from some of the guys who served with him.


24 posted on 11/03/2007 7:31:13 PM PDT by sneakers (This Pennsylvania gal supports DUNCAN HUNTER for President!)
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To: Stoat

When my daughter was in eighth grade she learned about the holocaust. She asked about Japanese atrocities they told her they weren’t mature enough to learn that and it was being saved until high school. She is now a senior and heard nothing from the school about it at all. I taught her a lot about the Japs from my own studies.

It started at her school when her 8th grade teacher asked the class if they thought it was right that we dropped the atomic bombs on Japan and my daughter said, “Yes. They started the war.” At which point the teacher (of Japanese descent) told her how terrible the bomb was.


25 posted on 11/03/2007 7:33:40 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (My Freedom of speech trumps your feelings!)
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To: Stoat; imahawk

A couple of years ago, I was talking to a local media droid, a tv videographer, who is quite an admirer of Japan and Japanese culture. Unlike me, he has never been there.

The discussion turned to World War 2 and Japanese atrocities, particularly against PoWs. He chided me for condemning this, since the Japanese were taught that it was a disgrace to be captured and that prisoners deserved to be abused and tortured. “So, you see, it was just part of their culture.”

I responded “Well, it’s just part of our culture to fire-bomb people who do that kind of s**t.”


26 posted on 11/03/2007 7:34:33 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: sneakers
I grew up near a military base that employed a lot of survivors from the old 4th Marines which were captured taken POW in the Philippines.

None of them had kids, wives or families that I recall. They just worked and drank.

God Bless them and hold them close as they had a glimpse of Hell while on Earth.

27 posted on 11/03/2007 7:38:01 PM PDT by investigateworld ( Abortion stops a beating heart.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Outstanding response!


28 posted on 11/03/2007 7:49:07 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Lancey Howard
"It’s a shame we stopped at two nukes."

We only had one more, and it was intended for Germany. But Truman ordered it shipped to the Pacific when Japan waited so long to surrender after the first two nukes.
29 posted on 11/03/2007 7:49:27 PM PDT by wrench
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To: Stoat

btt


30 posted on 11/03/2007 7:50:09 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Stoat

“”The Japanese murdered 30million civilians while “liberating” what it called the Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere from colonial rule. About 23million of these were ethnic Chinese.”

China’s day of reckoning with Japan ain’t gonna be pretty.


31 posted on 11/03/2007 7:52:19 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: Fairview; sneakers

My Father was in the Philippines and New Guinea also. He was a bombardier on a B-24. He once told me the reason that flight crews carried a .45 was not for defense if the plane went down, but to use on themselves in case they survived the crash and were about to be taken prisoner by the Japs.


32 posted on 11/03/2007 7:52:55 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: wrench

“We only had one more, and it was intended for Germany. But Truman ordered it shipped to the Pacific when Japan waited so long to surrender after the first two nukes.”

We were going nuke Germany 3 months after it had surrendered?


33 posted on 11/03/2007 7:54:11 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: ozzymandus
Yes. The Japs used anthrax and other types of germ warfare in China and other countries. Some of the cultures they released are still active. There was a show about this on the History Channel.

Fascinating...I don't believe that this is very widely known.  Although of course when it comes to Japan's involvement in WW2 it seems that all we in the USA hear about these days is what awful people WE are for the internment camps and for the A-Bombs....we generally don't hear much else about Japan from that era.

I am guessing that unlike the numerous (Leftist) organizations and Governmental bodies both here in the USA and in Europe that take great pains at every possible opportunity to paint America as the quintessential warcrime nation for our dropping of the A-bombs and those rather plush camps, that there are no similar organizations in Japan or elsewhere that castigate the Japanese for the germ warfare that you mention as well as innumerable other atrocities.

From the article:

Felton said: "Most disturbing is the Japanese amnesia about their war record and senior politicians' outrageous statements about the war and their rewriting of history.

"The Japanese murdered 30million civilians while "liberating" what it called the Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere from colonial rule. About 23million of these were ethnic Chinese.

"It's a crime that in sheer numbers is far greater than the Nazi Holocaust. In Germany, Holocaust denial is a crime. In Japan, it is government policy. But the evidence against the navy – precious little of which you will find in Japan itself – is damning."

The geographical breadth of the navy's crimes, the heinous nature of the acts themselves and the sadistic behaviour of the officers and men concerned are almost unimaginable.

 

34 posted on 11/03/2007 7:54:17 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: muawiyah

True justice never slumbers nor sleeps muawiyah, the Japanese behaved shamefully in WW2, from the ghosts of Battan to the murdered via bayonet in Nanking, some never forget what they did in WW2.

Now they are backing away from even supporting the War in Iraq, and want us to leave Okinawa.

Tough nokkie, there is a reason why MacArthur stipulated that the Japanese Command staff et al had to dispose of their swords in Tokyo Bay....


35 posted on 11/03/2007 7:54:18 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ No more miller brewing products, pass it on/Isaiah 3.3)
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To: Stoat

They were extremely brutal...tough fighters too....glad we nuked ‘em.


36 posted on 11/03/2007 7:56:04 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: padre35

They’ll have to fight that out with Murtha, won’t they? Doesn’t Murtha want our troops in Iraq to be redeployed to Okinawa?


37 posted on 11/03/2007 7:56:42 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: Stoat

Devious and cruel people.


38 posted on 11/03/2007 7:57:50 PM PDT by cowdog77 (" Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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To: ozzymandus

when european descent people are murdered at the hands of others, it is ignored. it is only the mean disgusting white people who are condemned for their actions.

I recently read that syphillus was one of the diseases the american indians gave europeans. I am sure there is more.


39 posted on 11/03/2007 7:58:47 PM PDT by television is just wrong (deport all illegal aliens NOW. Put all AMERICANS TO WORK FIRST. END Welfare)
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To: InvisibleChurch

“They’ll have to fight that out with Murtha, won’t they? Doesn’t Murtha want our troops in Iraq to be redeployed to Okinawa?”

That’s because Ol’ John “jack” Murtha is culturally insensitive...

Or he is so busy condemning fellow Marines that he doesn’t know the difference....


40 posted on 11/03/2007 8:00:30 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile/ No more miller brewing products, pass it on/Isaiah 3.3)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
No kidding, the Dragon has a long memory.
41 posted on 11/03/2007 8:01:38 PM PDT by BGHater (Lead. The MSG for the 21st Century.)
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To: rfreedom4u

“It started at her school when her 8th grade teacher asked the class if they thought it was right that we dropped the atomic bombs on Japan and my daughter said, “Yes. They started the war.” At which point the teacher (of Japanese descent) told her how terrible the bomb was.”

Dejavu! My kid answered close to the same thing to nearly the same question from his Japanese language teacher in the 4th grade. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/857912/posts?page=11#11


42 posted on 11/03/2007 8:03:03 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: ozzymandus

“The Japs used anthrax and other types of germ warfare in China and other countries. Some of the cultures they released are still active.”

IIRC, one of those is a particularly nasty strain of cholera that is now indigenous to an area of N.E. China.


43 posted on 11/03/2007 8:06:05 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: Stoat
I remember once going to a Chinese colleague’s house for a party. There were a couple of Japanese girls there. They asked what part of China one of my Chinese friends was from. I said, “Let’s hope it wasn’t Nanking.” These girls had no clue what I was talking about, though another friend from Taiwan did, while chiding me for bringing it up.
44 posted on 11/03/2007 8:07:23 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Inyo-Mono

My dads papers say he served New Guinea and the Philippine Island of Luzon. He was in Co. C of the 760th Field Artillery Battalion. If if wasn’t for ‘the bomb’, we probably wouldn’t be here today, Inyo.

My dad passed away in 2000. I wonder what he would say if he knew that my son - his grandson - is in the navy stationed in Japan today!


45 posted on 11/03/2007 8:07:57 PM PDT by sneakers (This Pennsylvania gal supports DUNCAN HUNTER for President!)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Sorry, I worded poorly. It “Had been intended for Germany, and was in the European theater. Truman ordered it to the Pacific, as it was no longer needed in Germany, and Japan still needed more prodding.”


46 posted on 11/03/2007 8:11:12 PM PDT by wrench
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To: bobby.223; muawiyah

“If I knew God I’d be Him.” But as I believe I’m responsible for my own soul, I believe there’ll be a reckoning for theirs as well, and at this late date, given the allied sense of our two peoples, I’d just as soon leave it in His hands.


47 posted on 11/03/2007 8:15:30 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Stoat

On the monument of war dead in my hometown in New Zealand is the name of a soldier who was beheaded on what was called Devil’s Island...

It was a well known fact that the Japanese were much worse than the German Nazis, and the chances of coming home alive from Europe were better than an assignment to the Pacific...


48 posted on 11/03/2007 8:15:35 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: imahawk
The japanese were the most brutal and that is the main reason we let ‘em have it with fire raids and two atomic bombs.They had it coming in a big,big way.We will not forget though maybe the japanese people have.

Everything of a scholarly nature that I've read about WW2 supports what you say.

(I don't consider Leftist hysteria about 'the evil Americans' and their 'horrible crime of dropping the atomic bomb' to be "scholarly" in any way....merely the uniformed spineless caterwauling of children in the bodies of adults)

49 posted on 11/03/2007 8:17:04 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
The Chinese easily topped the Japanese by killing off 50 to 80 million of their own from the end of WWII to the end of the Mao regime.

Everyone hopes they are done with counting coup and taking vengence.

50 posted on 11/03/2007 8:20:26 PM PDT by muawiyah
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