posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 07:20 AM
I know this might be a bit of a topic drift but I'd like to add a few more of my thoughts on the subject matter.
I think it is more important for us Europeans to recognize the horrors of the Imperial Japanese warmachine of WWII since most of us think of that
conflict as mainly a European event (though the British fought hard in the pacific theatre as well).
Why these brutal acts remain largely unspoken of is very much a mystery still, especially concidering the large number of American soldiers who
perished under such infernal conditions, as someone here mentioned.
The crimes comitted in Nanking alone would suffice to justify the whole war effort taken on by the US, without involving Pearl Harbour (yet, there
aren't many ways to justify killing, if any...)
Now I will venture out on thin ice for a bit, but I'd also like to state that Japanese culture is very elitistic still today. The general view upon
fellow men is that there are "classes" of human beings according to racial relation. Interracial marriage for instance is not promoted, sometimes
even forbidden (within culture, no by law).
Luckily, the younger generations of the Japanese people denounce these aged views.
My intention here is not to act discriminating against any people, I'd just like to give a possible reason why the Japanese, like certain ethnic
elements in Europe, could act so unbelievable inhumane and barbaric; (in many retrospects) a sick, elitistic, fascistic and severley neglected
I am, however, very much aware of the ignorance, and stupidity, of demonizing a whole population and do strongly refrain from racism of any kind, I
hope I have made that perfectly clear.
Someone also mentioned the war trials and the large number who got away- just like in Europe with Operation Paper Clip (though Mengele, Eichmann- the
most fanatical Nazi of them all, and others made a clean escape without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom).
What I'd like to add is that those who made it to the Russian courts mostly got executed without any pardon. It is, for obvious reasons, largely
unknown to us what the Russians did (with just about anything) after the war up until...well, more or less still! But we can be sure that their
revenge on the Japanese was harsh and unforgiving (almost like a nuclear bombing). Tensions between the two nations remain to this day.
But the thing that bug our minds is that it seems that it is always those who deserve punishment the most who recieve nothing of the kind. I don't
know why this is but it is a very certain pattern in all of history...
Like a death-squad commander in the Imperial Japanese army; his rank is unknown to me at the moment by his name was Sassakawa. He escaped trial
squeeky clean, and later started a foundation under his name (now run by Sasskawa Jr.) dealing with the victims, and the spreading of awareness of the
nuclear bombings in Japan (and the dangers of nuclear arms testing).
It is like he is trying to "make good" for the tens of thousands of civillians slaughtered in Manchuria under his direct orders... Needless to add
maybe, but his foundation is involved in the Yakuza organized crime network...
The legacy lives on.