Every time some do-good groups crying indignation about the destruction of Japanese cities by American bombing that ended the Pacific War, not a word was in print about Japan’s invasion of China and other regions where many more deaths resulted. When the Congress was called upon to apologize for the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW II, not a word was heard about Japan’s mass enslavement of the civilian populations in occupied countries. I don’t know whether to dismiss people as naive or consider them victims of revisionist propaganda.
The Smithsonian Institution’s plan a few year back to display the B-29 Enola Gay that carried A bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a case in point. Were the protesters aware that if Allied forces were to invade Japan’s main islands, casualties on both sides will be much higher, plus countless Japanese civilians will perish? What about Japanese troop’s unheard of cruelty and the war crimes that its government tries to purge from history books—the mass murders of civilians in occupied countries, forced suicides of Okinawa and other Pacific island villagers, the Rape of Nanking, human experiments for poison chemicals… ?
The peaceniks either were oblivious to historical facts, or they are a bunch of hypocrites!
Author Werner Gruhl lays out an exhaustive anthology of inhumanity in unadorned narrative and gruesome pictures that leave no question about the authenticity of the events. Gruhl, an economic analyst, seems obsessed with numbers -- deaths in every incidence described, campaign fought, theater of war, and each country Japan invaded, etc. He presents his own statistics and compares them with numbers from previous wars of at of previous wars and colonization. More relevant, he devotes a whole chapter on the responsibility for starting this war and the war crimes the Japanese committed. Although already fading in history, to most Americans, I believe, this still comes as a shocker.
We know the 26th US president Teddy Roosevelt had a soft spot in his heart for the Japanese people in general, and that he admired Japan’s behavior in the international arena at the beginning of the 20 th century. But he was not unaware of Japan’s expansionist ambitions and the potential threat it poses to America. But it is hard for me to say the current US president had a clear vision of where things stand, not to mention any hisrical perspectives the United States vis-à-vis Japan and China, judging by his misguided handling of N. Korea today and his well publicized pivot in Asia.
An America in alliance with Japan the defeated to contain rising China, the WW II victim cum eventual victor lest it becomes an aggressor and colonizer?
It begs the question: What have you been smoking!?
Now that Japan’s ultra right-wing politicians are preparing the country for a revived militaristic posture and culture, backed by a shortsighted US objective to use Japan to do the dirty work of keeping China under its thumb, while Japan is secretly working toward a return to the glory days of 1931- 1945.
That makes America Japan’s partner in crime!
Gruhl uses these words to describe what he sees as a Japan- US alliance generally perceived, which is an innocuous, Zen following, bonsai trimming, sushi rolling, Pacifist people”
“ [This] alliance discourages attention to Japan’s past…Americans have been unduly sympathetic to the Japanese history...today, in American classrooms, the internment of Japanese Americans as well as the casualties and issue of the atomic bomb are required subjects. But Japan’s aggression in China and the rest of Asia and the consequent casualties are not. This limited perspective of the war has created a view among many, particularly of the post war generations, that the Japanese were the primary victims of the conflict and most deserving of our empathy.”