a reply to: pavil
For a start, the Congolese had resistance forces in country for quite some time before gaining their independence. They were busy people. They had
both passive and active resistance methods at their disposal, so its not as if they just laid down and took it. In fact, right after the nation had
gained technical independence from Belgium, but was still policed by a great many Europeans, those European elements faced serious violence, up to and
And as for the Japanese, the Japanese were not innocent victims of some dastardly plot to eviscerate their culture and enslave their population. In
fact, it was quite the reverse. They enslaved Chinese, Korean, and other populations during their expansion in the pacific region, and during their
war with the Chinese, millions upon millions of Chinese civilians were killed, either as a direct result of the conflict, or from famine resulting
from it. Further to that, a few million Chinese soldiers were said to have perished. Couple that with the numbers who died in the extensive forced
labour program, and the WAY some of these various people died, and you can understand why, when they were shown that their leader was not all
powerful, that their nationalist tendencies were in fact a disease, rather than a cure, why they became humble and willing to take up peace.
And it must also be said that the Japanese people had a great deal of respect for their Emperor, ingrained in their culture so it was. Loyalty to the
Emperor was supposed to be absolute, and while that did not stop a small number of military figures trying to prevent his surrender speech from being
broadcast, in the main, once it had been broadcast (and its message had been understood by the people) they simply complied, largely speaking. The
only reason for that, the only reason for a nation absolutely awash with capable warriors and loyal subjects to down their weapons and agree to peace,
was that loyalty to the Emperor. Such was that loyalty, that on the day of the announcement, and indeed for some time after, a great many Japanese
stayed at home, rather than go about their normal business, so that they could contemplate and meditate on the implications of the announcement.
Simply put, they had discipline and loyalty to their Emperor to stay their hand.
Now, pacifism is pretty much written into their constitutional documents, to prevent them dishonouring themselves by erecting a fascist military
state ever again.
But, if that peace had not been declared, or if the Emperor had been killed with no one to replace him never having confirmed the surrender, then it
is most certainly the case that the Japanese would have fought to the last living one of them, and been driven to extinction entirely. The idea that
they would have fought till the last man, had there been no surrender, is proven by the fact that holdouts, Japanese forces cut off from
communications and forgotten on islands and in jungles, have been found as recently as 1974. At the time they were located, many of these holdouts
refused to accept that the war was over, so much so that one of them died in a shootout with Philippine police during his attempted capture. Most of
those who have been found, refused to believe the surrender was real, unless their commanding officers were bought before them to confirm it.
If the US had tried to occupy Japan in the absence of instruction from the Emperor, that the people of Japan surrender, given the behaviour of the
holdouts who have been discovered, it is reasonable to assume that the US personnel there would have had a MUCH harder time, a much, much harder time
of occupying the place. As it is, the Japanese accepted pacifism in the near total fashion they did, largely out of respect for the Emperor.
However, that peace was able to exist because once surrender was called, military actions against the Japanese by the Allied forces, CEASED. They
were no longer happening. There was occupation, but bombs were not dropping, orphans were not being made by US action in the region anymore. But right
at this moment, there ARE bombs dropping all over the Middle East, which kill more innocent civilians than they ever do legitimate targets, and are
laughingly called precision strikes. While that continues, there is no reason to expect any peace to exist, any downward trend in terror attacks or
recruitment. None what so ever.
Put another way, if someone did to me, to my country, what the West has done to the Middle East, I would seek their deaths till the last of my days,
and everyone and everything that ever got in my way would be rendered into many, quivering pieces. I do not expect that this sentiment is rare amongst