Originally posted by aching_knuckles
We still have a base there to this day.
I know, I lived there for just over a decade. I also traveled extensively throughout Asia. I know both our "history" and their "history" and the "history" of those that the Japanese attacked. What they did was horrible, worse than what Hitler did, by a measureable magnitude. The Japanese were evil incarnate.
War is hell. There is no other description. The Japanese practiced effective war, and so did we. This crap we have going on since Korea is a bunch of "police action" nonsense. We are not at "war". We are at some presidential hobby that involves troops as long as not too many ppl die and the politicians get some leverage. God forbid anyone died in "war".
Until Korea this is how war went. If you needed to go to war, for whatever reason--land, water, food, oil, whatever--you would kill everyone. Everyone. Eventually your attempts to kill everyone would break the spirit of the people who had everyone dying. Then you win. There is no half efforts, no middle ground. You destroy, kill, and maim everyone. You subjugate those that are left. Japan was merely practicing the art of war. So did we.
The difference is we kept a slightly better moral high ground. Blasting an entire city to smithereens is amazing from a science and publicity (propaganda) standpoint. This is what we did.
Systematically having individuals rape, pillage, murder, maim, burn, pillage, destroy, torture, (add adjectives here) etc... is pretty unpopular. This is what the Japanese did.
So, we both did the same thing. We broke the will of the "enemy". We beat them so badly that they could no longer sustain the will to fight. The difference was the method of delivery.
edit on 15-4-2012 by Bakatono because: (no reason given)