So Japanese Government did apologize? well, I didn't hear it.
As far as I remember, each and every time when Japan made such an apologies, its government were under "duress" - facing pressure from China, Korea
and other east asia nations. Those apologies were simply calculated gestures to gain diplomatic rooms, no sincerety at all. One should not be naive
about what Japanese government and media say to the world about the war, one should listen more to what they tell their children. Ask any young
Japanese on the street about what he know about the war, you will get the picture: "Japan is the only nation who had suffered the horor of nuclear
bombs. As for Japan's agression, well, Japan is sorry that its struggles to advance asia's status and interests did cause its neighbors many
discomfort and sufferings in the past, blahblahblah....".
Japanese troops killed over 30 million Chinese - over 90 percent of them civilians in WWII, committed countless hideous crimes against Chinese people,
and are trying everything they can to deny them. To name a few, the masacre of Nanjing (Nips say the number of victims were in doubt, Jap imperial
army only slaughtered defeated Chinese troops, not civilians), the "comfort women" (they say the women simply did it willingly for money, one of the
imcumbent jap ministers once claimed "the women should be remembered for their sacrifices for Japan's lofty cource), the executions and torturing of
POWs (they say only in isolated incidents), the death camps (worse than Nazi's inventions, victims (the "logs") were cut open alive, injected with
bacterium, freezed, electricuted, suffocated (they say insuuficient evidences pointing to such installations), the large number of mass graves across
the countryside in northern and central China - the largest at Pingdingshan, Liaoning, which have over 12,000 humans stacked up in a shallow pit (they
say there are no eye-witnesses who could prove that Jap troops did the executions), the notorious "competitions of one- hundred-head-count" (they
can't deny this - the Champions and the runner-ups were touted heros in wartime Jp newspapers with their grinning mugshots next to the stories of
killing sprees, but they did a good job to hide the facts away from their children), I can't name them all, it's a long list of crimes against
humanity of that seems to have no ending.
Chinese TV viewers have had quite an experience in the past two months (the 60th anniversary of WWII). They have been exposed to many neglected facts
about the war, both good and bad: the volunteer from the former Soviet unions, the AVG (flying tigers), hump airlift, the 14th airforce, heroic
fightings done by KMT and their heros, at the same time, they also have to endure the pain of watching more Japanese war time atrocities against
Chinese people. (A large number of the programs were documentaries of interviewed stories of Chinese war heros, eyewitnesses of the Japanese
atrocities, heros of AVG and American airmen, Ex-American POWs, even some Ex-jap soldiers). I didn;t ask the people's around me, but I just know that
they had tears in their eyes almost every time they watchthe programs. So did I.
Japanese government heads have been adamant that they will continue pay tribute to their war shrine, which claims to be the home of the souls of 2
millions plus Japanese soldiers as well as related personnels who died in japan's many wars of agression. They argue that it's just their culture
thing, no disrespect to the humanity and the world, that no matter what crimes a man may had committed, when he is dead, he should be cleared of his
crimes and becomes an innocent soul (this is the theory, like it or not, the world is going to buy it? well, I don't think so, not the Chinese) . I
wonder how many people still don't know that scores of CONVICTED WAR CRIMINALS have their names placed their, being mourned as tragic heros (a big
farce!). If you ask me, the war criminals were guilty both in life and in soul and should be forever condemned!
In a free and democratic Japan, the politicians have the right to make a choice, they can choose true reconciliation with Chinese by facing the truth
and remembering the history as it is, or they can continue with all that cover-ups and white-washes, and standing by the criminals. They can't have
Justice was not done in 1945, and justice will be done.
I see someone on this forum talking about CCP kill 50 million of its own people. Well, you don't have to be a CCP member to know it's a lie (it's
too obvious, I think he is insulting the inteligence of every one on this forum).
CCP did have the records of wrongfully killing innocent people in the "Great Leap Forward" in 1960 (responsible for the bad harvest and ensuing
famines in a few provinces, causing the death of tens of thousand of farming population), the culture revolution 1966-1976) thousands of loyal cadres
of CCP were thown out of their posts, sent to re-education camps, some of them were persecuted to death, State Chairman Liu Shaoqi and General Peng
Dehui (who commanded Chinese volunteer forces in Korean War) were among the victims. However, CCP had admitted their wrong doings in these two tragic
incidents and restored the name of the victims and compensated their families. The scars are healing well.
The only remaining case is the June 4th Tian'Anmen Square. I was a college student then, I hated the government for its killings of hundred of
Beijing residents and students. I still do. Sooner or later, someone has to stand the trial of justice and history.
I would still vote for CCP (I am not one of them) if there is a multi-party election tomorrow. The reason is simple, only CCP can hold China as one
nation, one people. Besides, CCP didn't fair too bad compared with any other foreign regime. It holds a pretty clean record in many human rights
areas, such as maltreatment of POWS (Ask the captured jap soldiers in 1945, the Americans in Korean War, the indians in 1962 border conflict, the
vietcongs. in contrast, the democratic Americans seem to have a pattern of abusing their war prisoners - not just Iraq, if you read military history a
bit you'll know. )
CCP is pretty kind to minority ethnic peoples like Tibetan, mongolians, Koreans, and many many other. In the US the black people enjoys certain
previledges at least on paper (after years of struggles), in China, the ethnic groups enjoys even more priviledges at least on paper (without having
to make much noise). The most famous ethnic issue is Tibet. The western world see Dalai Lama as the only respected spiritual leader of tibetans, a
pacifist, a man of wisdom and morals, a nobel peace prize winner, a freedom fighter......... But few of them know or are willing to face the truth:
Before the liberation in 1956, Tibet is a slavery society by all means. If you have visited Lhasa, you will probably have known the drums make by
human skins, and black and white pphotos of mutilated slaves, some had their limbs chopped off, some had their ears, eyes and mostly tongues cut.....,
believe me these were not isolated incidents, they were the standard punishment code of a cruelest slavery system with Dalai Lama on the top of the
pyramid. CCP had given Dalai Lama - the biggest slave owner in tibet the best deal in 1950, allowing the aristocracies and high monks to keep their
babarious rule of the land for some more time on the condition that they maintain their recognition of their autonomous status under the sovereignty
of Chinese GOvernment, like they had been in MingDynasty, Qing Dynasty, and Republic of China. Dalai Lama agreed, but then broke the deal and
announced independence in 1956. So long for the Lamas, the slave owners and the aristocracies. Several thousand PLA troops marched into Tibet and
quickly defeated Dalai Lama's troops (superior in number) and chased them to india. New Tibetan Autonomnous Government were formed, slavery banned,
slaves were freed, houses, cattles and land were given to peasants and ex-slaves. Monastries were were preserved, but high monks and Lamas were not
allowed to own slaves even servants any more, they were also not allowed to participate in the civil government. Before the liberation, only about 20
percent of the tibetan population were ruling class, about 30 percent were slaves - "Cattles and tools with tongues" in the slave owner's own term,
the rest of the population were peasants or herdsmen.
Western people are tricked into believing that "Tibetan Government in Exile" should be the legal representative of tibet. That's wrong. They only
represent themselves. If, I mean if they were allowed to participated in a free election in tibet tomorrow, I doubt if they could get any votes. Tibet
is the land of China, and the land of the tibetan mass whose forefathers had been peasants and slaves. They won't let the slave-owner-turned
-freedom-fighters take back their freedom, their houses, their herds, their praeries, their color tVs, their trucks, their satelite disc antennas.
Western media lied about Chinese Han people slaughtering Tibetan people. That never happened, not even isolated incidents. Tibetans are surprisingly
close to Hans, same diet habit, same skin, same faces, similar religion. They took each other just as another fellow on the street. The population in
tibet have grown from less than two million in 1956 to over 5 million in nowadays. Most of the growth comes from Tibetans, some from the immigrants
from other provinces. The fast growth are mainly attributed to the diferent population control policies there - in Han Chinese cities, each couple can
have only one child (or face a hefty fine), but in Tibet, one couple can have two childrens (in most cases, the policy never get down to the
grassroots level, and its not carried out by force, rather by pulling endless social strings, if persuation is ever needed).
Tibetan language and Chinese are both mandatory courses in schools. Young tibet folks are free to choose religion as a career, if they could pass the
strict test set by the old monks themselves.
CCP never conducted or tolerated racial violent against CHina's ethnic groups (one of the contrasts is Indonesia - a developing, yet democratic
country, where large scale violence against Indonesian Chinese occurred many times). In fact racial issues have never come even close to the boiling
point any where in CHina. Xingjiang urgor Autonomous region might be an exception, just might. Most muslims there look different from typical Chinese,
but most of them choose to recogonize Chinese rule and are quite comfortable living with decent Han people. If you ever have entered China from the
Pakistan border, you must have been greeted by Chinese custom officers totally looking caucasian and speak some muslim language. If you get to know
them more, you will find they are proud to be a Chinese and are proud of what they are doing for their country. But there are a number of Osama Bin
Laden fans hiding there, they had been trained and armed in Afganistan, and had launched a number of attacks on civilian buses and police forces. They
just wanted to make a bang to draw world attentions to their far-fetched "East turkistan dream". They don't give a damn who are on the buses,
muslims, hans. They are terrorists, period.
I hate to know that the American have been extremely reluctant to category Bin Laden cronies in Xinjing as terrorists. 3 prisoners in Quantanamore
(Quba) had been identified as Chinese citizens from Xinjiang. But the US insist to release them and refuse to extradite them. Well well, the great,
glorious America, you can lead the world, but you should know that only force is not enough, and will never be enough. On too many occasions, the US
had been wiilling to let morals down the drain for short term interests by exercise double standards and bend the rules around for herself. That might
explain why the US is the most hated countries in the world (not out of the jealousy of her wealth and influences, but her extreme selfishness and
narssicist (?) trait), and dilema she is facing in the anti-terrorism campaign.
I know I sound like an Chincom propagandist on this forum, but I am not. The nature of my job provides me a lot of chances to meet people from
diferent countries and give me a lot of thoughts, and I am not anti-US or anti-democracy by all means. I like individual Americans, almost every
single one who I have met. So do every CHinese around me. It's their charm, humors, wits, personalities, free minds, kindness, courtecy, and
sometimes simply their lookings that make Chinese like them, I don't have to mention American music, food, drinks, movies and literatures here. An
American doesn't need to be Michael Jordan, Arnold Schiwartz'n-word' or Tom Cruise to draw fans in China. But when it comes to the US government, we
always get a different feeling, it's an image of ruthless, unruliness, rudeness, heartless, wantonness, shrewdness rolled into one. Sometimes I
can't help but wonder if the Americans I have met only showed one side of themselves.
Western media are always crazy about human rights, but they only take human rights as freedom of speech, freedom of election. They cririsized China
over and over on these issues. Well, they may have a point there, but they choose to overlook the bright side of the stories. China quietly and
successfully made its large rural population free from starvation (part of the human rights?), made free basic education mandatory (human rights?),
covered almost all the urban citizens with medical insurance and other welfare and is is pushing the social welfare network into the farest corner of
rural areas (isn't that human rights?). Yeah, I am for free elections, but that has to be the last step, and I may even vote for KMT, if the old foe
of CCP eventually returns to mainland China.
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