posted on May, 16 2005 @ 07:12 AM
"She came across as more consumed with the human suffering caused by political discord"
Agreed. But in the process of relating that suffering, she allowed herself to be led by the nose by those with ulterior motives, and made a number of
assertions that were simply not true (in addition to a number of inaccuracies caused by sloppy writing and editing).
Iris Chang: "In 1957 Japan even elected as prime minister a man who had been imprisoned as a class A war criminal"
This is simply not true. It is true that Kishi Nobusuke was arrested after the occupation of Japan, but Kishi was never tried, let alone convicted of
Iris Chang: "More than 260,000 noncombatants died, ...well over 350,000...a few statistics must be used to give the reader an idea of the scale of
the massacre...the killing was concentrated within a few weeks."
The total population of the city at the time was only 200,000 (source: Chairman John Rabe, acting mayor of Nanjing, considered an extremely reliable
witness in this regard), and the population actually increased to 250,000 barely a month after the incident took place. How can you kill 175% of the
population? In fact, reliable accounts by witnesses who were actually there, make no mention of large-scale atrocities taking place, and the Nanjing
Safety Zone Committee were in fact more concerned with the general population starving to death. The Committee in fact delivered a letter to the
Japanese, in which the acting Mayor asked them to restore and maintain order in the city in order to save 200,000 Chinese from "starvation". This,
at a time when Iris Chang says the Japanese were killing "civilians in every section of the city", and "streets, alleys, and ditches of the fallen
capital ran rivers of blood, much of it coming from people barely alive, with no strength left to run away."
Iris Chang: "On January 17, 1938, Foreign Minister Hirota Koki in Tokyo relayed the folowing message to his contacts in Washington, DC: 'there can
be no doubt that the evidence amounts to a crushing indictment of the Japanese army's behavior.' Even the Japanese Foreign Minister, Hirota Koki,
reported after an inspection trip in January of 1938 that the "Japanese Army behave...in(a) fashion reminiscent (of) Attila (and) his Huns. (Not)
less than three hundred thousand Chinese civilians slaughtered, many cases (in) cold blood."
This telegram was written and sent out from Shanghai by Harold Timperley, a correspondent and advisor to the Chinese intelligence service. It was not
written by Hirota Koki, or anyone else in the Japanese government.
There's a great deal more, including evidence showing that photos used in the book (and elsewhere) were, in fact, doctored. If you are interested,
I'll make the time to post further.
[edit on 16/5/05 by edgewood]