a reply to: nenothtu
You know, we really have to hand it to the Philippinos in WWII, we were there, not as citizens, but it became a territory, but they went through the
Spanish and then the Japanese invasion and yet, they still fought with us and many of them also died or were taken as POWs.
My grandfather was a POW in Bataan. As much as people complained about us holding the Japanese here in camps, the media was really not allowing the
American public to know what happened to our soldiers and the Philippinos. I have found my grandfather's service record from the National Archives
and know what camps he was at. He wrote about what happened in a journal and when he died many years later, it was from a direct cause, it just took a
while. He was tortured and the Japanese soldiers had forced bamboo needles into his chest, and not all of them could be removed later and one
eventually pierced his heart. This I do know is true because of his VA medical records.
We know the Japanese are not fanatics as they were then, but they tore over China and Korea. But all we have to do is read about Bataan and know that
fanaticism in any form is dangerous.
The Japanese at that time were very fanatic, viewing their emperor as a living god and patriotic fanaticism to the Empire of Japan, great atrocities
were perpetrated by that.
When our government finds itself in such a place that it has to take that ultimate action, it is because fanaticism drove it. Whenever I meet someone
from the Philippines today, I always thank them for their grandparents' sacrifice as well, because the Japanese tore them up.
On both sides of the planet, fanaticism caused the greatest amount of bloodshed than any other century before. The Japanese were fanatic over their
empire and emperor and the Germans were fanatic over Nazi ideology. If we have learned anything, it should be that fanaticism is bloody and should be
bombed out of existence. That's how we had to do it then and we can't allow it to continue today.
And MacArthur had financial interests in Australia and the Philippines. He was comfortable in Australia, still making money off his interests, as a
general in the US armed forces.
For these people who think we should be soft and diplomatic...Remember Bataan.