Category Archives: Japan

HAMAS AND HIROSHIMA

Sixty nine years ago this week, two atomic bombs were dropped on the nation of Japan. These were the first and only such bombs to be exploded on this planet. The bombs dropped on the empire of Japan. For over a dozen years the Japanese armed forces had murdered millions of innocent people. They had raped their way through cities such as Nanking, and Japanese officers regarded as normal taking photos of US airmen having their heads chopped off. The American people had not forgotten when thousands of US soldiers who surrendered in the Philippines were marched to their death. By 1945, the Japanese Navy was resting at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, its air force was down to a few hundred planes, and thousands of soldiers were attempting to flee for their lives in the jungles of Burma or on scattered areas of Asia. The people of Japan had been fire bombed by the US air force resulting in the death of over 80,000 in Tokyo and hundreds of thousands elsewhere.

After the initial atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, General Anami told the Cabinet his men were ready to fight on. Most Navy officers who were in the Cabinet said it was time to end the slaughter. But, Anami and his companions wanted to fight on and on. After the second bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Anami announced to the Cabinet, “there is life in Death.” He wanted to continue fighting. Even after the Emperor said it was time for peace, General Anami and his Army followers were not ready to end the war. Over a million Japanese civilians were dead. Anami said, “we can still eat grass, we must continue.” Thousands of children had been melted to death, but for Japanese military leaders, the only path was to fight in order to have a noble death.

There is remarkable similarity among Hamas leaders to this attitude of Death before Life. About 1900 were killed by the Israel army in Gaza. Most probably about 400-500 of these dead Palestinians were members of Hamas. The remainder were innocent civilians. Hamas leaders deliberately had their men mingle among civilians, a ploy that resulted in the death of innocent people. Inherent among Hamas followers is there is “Life in Death.” Unfortunately, as in Japan, those arguing for “life in death”invariably means civilians must die. There is something arrogant about deciding that someone else must die in order for you to maintain the “dignity” of fighting and killing.

An issue confronting American leaders in August, 1945 was whether or not they had options to avoid future bombing. Fortunately, Emperor Hirohito stepped in to end the fighting. If not for him, millions more would have died. The same issue confronts Israel leaders. Are there options to avoid further fighting with Hamas?

Let’s Do A Little Cutting

A sixteen year old girl in the city of Sasebi, Japan, decided something was lacking in her life. For some girls, there is a lack of social life or communication with mom an dad is not the best, but for this girl, the problem was clear. She had yet, although already the age of sixteen, had never had an opportunity to dissect another human. OK, some lack food, some lack access to education, and many lack access to a good job, but certainly, just about every person on this planet has access to murdering someone. Just check the local headlines in your paper or the ever ready iPad. As the young lady put it, “I just wanted to kill someone. I bought the tools”

Imagine the typical teen in our modern society. Planes are blasting thousands in the Middle East. Putin is dissecting the nation of Ukraine. Boko Haram is running wild in Nigeria murdering everyone in sight because this stupid people want to go to school! So, one can understand why this nice teen ager decided to strangle her best friend, and then proceed to cut off her head. I think this girl felt left out of the action, and simply wanted to do what everyone else her age was doing– killing other people.

So, Japanese teenager, welcome to the Human Race!

The Sea Belongs To China

As you will recall back in the days of America’s war in Vietnam, the prevailing opinion of our prevailing experts was that Vietnam and China were close allies, and if we did not halt Chinese expansion then one day Chinese ships would be sailing along our shores and soon depositing thousands of Chinese soldiers who would rape our women and march on Washington D.C. Ah, those were the good old days when we feared Vietnamese and Chinese soldiers. Well, today is today. At this moment, Vietnamese sailors are in conflict with Chinese oil rigs in the South China sea which is claimed by China as ITS TERRITORY. Chinese oil rigs are also off the coast of the Philippines and the Chinese navy insists that islands near Japan belong to China. Just name the sea area anywhere in Asia, and the Chinese government will claim it.

Wu Shicun of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies made clear to people in Vietnam and the Philippines that the old days of shoving around China were at an end. “There are countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines are prone to support antagonism to China. They want internationalization of the South China sea.”

Oh well, another day, another world problem. Why not just give China the entire Pacific Ocean. Perhaps they can find some deserted islands, plant the Chinese flag and proclaim their right to control the fish and any oil in the area?

Letter From A Whale To Japan

Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

I write this letter to the leader of what some humans regard as an important nation in the world. I do understand that Japanese people have some sort of love affair with we whales. I am touched by your understanding of how we want to live, and, even more touched by your concern for our welfare. I was thrilled to learn that you told a committee in your Parliament that among the most important goals in your life is securing the welfare of we whales. You made clear the need to engage in whaling expeditions “in order to obtain scientific information indispensable to the management of whale resources.”

Gee, imagine that an important world leader cares about whales. In fact, you care so much about us that you are even willing to eat us. I assume eating a whale makes you happy. Gee, I so wish to make people in Japan happy. By the way, could you share with we whales some of that “scientific information” that you obtain from killing and eating us?

D-Day Anniversary-America Once Great

It is the 70th anniversary of the day when British, Canadian, French, American troops landed on the beaches of France as part of the plan by which the Soviet Union and its allies would end the regime of Adolf Hitler. In the morning as dawn broke, German soldiers awoke to see 5,000 ships staring at them while cannons boomed and troops headed for the beaches of Normandy. It was an Allied effort, actually Americans constituted only 45% of those who landed. The British and Americans devised an incredibly complex plan which worked out, and within a day 150,000 men were on the beaches fighting for their lives. About 20,000 American and British paratroopers landed behind the lines and engaged German troops. So, what was unique about this day?

1. American leaders actually had a war plan that worked.
2. American leaders actually worked in a cooperative manner with allies.
3. The plan required pin point military decisions that actually worked.
4. American troops knew why there were landing on a distant beach, and who was the enemy.
5. There was close cooperation between the air force and ground troops.
6. The entire American nation was behind the effort.
7. Believe it or not but the top tax rate was 90% on the wealthy.
8. Wealthy people were willing to give their riches for the country’s need.
9. Believe it or not but high tax rates only led to more job creation.
10. We all were proud to be Americans.

That was then, today is now.

Ignorance Of The Youth

Justin Bieber is a celebrity and he is a young man with a modern education. That statement is enough to provide evidence that Mr.Bieber is an ignorant individual who believes “the past” refers to what he did last week. After spending the past five years teaching at St. Louis Community college sites it is clear to me that if ignorance of history was a virtue, 90% of
modern youth would wind up as saints in Heaven. Someone told Mr.Bieber that the Yasuksini Shrine in Tokyo was a place in which love of humanity was central to its existence. He visited the shrine and then posted pictures with the caption, “thank you for your blessing” on his Instagram page. I assume someone with intelligence gasped in shock at the pictures and explained to the ignorant young man this shrine was dedicated to Japanese soldiers who had murdered and raped during World War II. Justin did remove the pictures..

I doubt if Justin has any idea who fought in World War II, let alone what happened. The Japanese army murdered over five million Chinese people. In the city of Nanking they raped at least 80,000 women and forced thousands more in China and Korea to serve as “comfort women.” Gee, Justin, have you ever considered reading a book???

Anyway, Justin is no more insensitive than Japanese Prime Minister Abe who is certainly no “Honest Abe” when it comes to defending Japanese murder and rape.

Remember The Murderers

The people of Japan has transformed their society in dramatic ways since the conclusion of World War II, but there is one aspect which remains locked in the past. Japanese leaders insist their nation was the VICTIM in World War II, nor the force which led to the death of millions of innocent people. Japan seized Korea early in the twentieth century and ruled with brutality in order to stamp out the very essence of Korean society. During World War II, thousands of Korean women were forced to become prostitutes in the service of Japanese soldiers, and the Japanese continue to insist, they did this voluntarily. Japan invaded China in 1937 and the ensuing war led to the death of millions as well as the brutal rape of over 50 thousand women in the city of Nanking. Japanese school books continue to insist their nation has no apology for these actions because America and other nations caused the wars and forced their soldiers into these actions.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued the path of arrogant behavior by visiting a memorial which honors Japanese soldiers who died during World War II. His visit to the Yasukuni memorial infuriated Japan and South Korea which regard such action as refusal to acknowledge the horror of Japanese action during the war. The Chinese government bluntly noted, “strong indignation at the Japanese leader for trampling on the feelings of the people of China.”

It is time Japanese educators visit Germany and learn how a nation confronts the horror of its past.

Banality Of Evil

A half century ago the state of Israel placed Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi who helped organize and carry out the Holocaust on trial for genocide. At that time Hannah Arendt, a famous historian, wrote a book in which she argued that Eichmann was a bureaucrat who carried out orders because they were orders and it was his task as a bureaucrat to carry out orders given by superiors. Arendt was harshly criticized because she employed words such as “banality of evil” as to transform the Holocaust into a process carried out by bureaucrats rather than a systematic murder of millions. Alas, we continue to live in a world in which whoever is in charge employs the bureaucracy that exists to enforce laws because it is the duty of bureaucrats to enforce laws. Barack Obama twice ran for the presidency arguing that he would end the disabuse of rights by the Bush administration and restore basic Constitutional laws that guarantee the rights of individual American citizens. Instead, Obama has become the defender to spying and surveillance because since he is the president then he must do what presidents do-catch the spy and enforce whatever technology has been used in the past to catch the spy.

If tomorrow, someone else became president- Chris Christie or Ted Cruz or even Rand Paul, we could expect that president would continue a campaign of surveillance and disregard of human rights. The power of bureaucracy is even more powerful than the power of common sense and respect for the Constitution. Military leaders, bureaucrats, technicians always argue that in the name of “our national security” certain actions must occur. Edward Snowden, in one sense, was the anti-bureaucrat because he chose to pose questions concerning which comes first, Constitutional rights or “national security.” In so doing, Snowden made clear the choice was NEVER between “national security” and the Constitution.

The evidence is overwhelming. For over a decade we have allowed bureaucrats in the armed forces or the NSA or the CIA to decide what constitutes “national security” and in so doing, have allowed nameless bureaucrats who simply are “doing their job” to continue doing a job that has failed for over a decade to protect “national security.” What is unusual about Edward Snowden is that a nameless bureaucrat who was just doing his job, began to question the nature of his job, and set in motion the concept that those who run the machine of death can always stop and question why this program of death?

World War II Lives On In American Schools

I am aware there are several wars raging in the world and thousands have died and will continue to die, but it is time to move away from this minor issues of life, and focus on a new conflict that is emerging in the state of Virginia. Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae has rushed to the state capital of Virginia and held important meetings with newly elected Governor Terry McCauliffe. His country is greatly concerned about potential legislation which is working its way through the Virginia legislature which impacts the lives and fortunes of the people of Japan. In reality, if these bills are not prevented from becoming laws, the future of America and Japan is threatened.

The body of water that separates Japan from Korea is termed, the Sea of Japan, on most maps. But, voters in several Virginia districts are of Korean background and they do not want their children, or any child in the state of Virginia to learn in school that body of water is the “Sea of Japan.” They want maps which term this body of water, the “East Sea.” If this change is not made, who knows what type of violence will break out in the state of Virginia?

Abe Not Able To Govern

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should win the Nobel prize for incompetence in leadership since he daily fouls up when it comes to creating positive feelings among nations in Asia toward his government. Last month, he visited the Yassukini Shrine which is dedicated to those who fought in Japanese armed forces during World War II. You know, the soldiers who killed millions of Chinese people, who enslaved South Korean females and forced them to become prostitutes in service of the Japanese army. Oh, they murdered thousands of American and Filipino prisoners. As of this moment, Abe has been unable to even arrange a meeting with a Chinese leader for over a year, and is not welcomed by leaders of South Korea. Yes, Abe was proving a point, he has the right to honor war criminals. Heck, even Barack Obama is angry at this incompetent leader who has made the word, “Japan,” a reference to bestiality.

He has no plan for the disputed Senkaku islands which are claimed by both China and Japan, with South Korea also throwing its hat into the ring. Few Asian leader want to shake hands with a man who believes Japan was rich to invade and murder millions. I assume he might welcome a visit to SS graves in Germany.