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Both my father and my uncle were in WWII. Dad was only 17 when he went in. My uncle was a cook in the Navy and his ship was sunk twice. My father says that he will talk about the first time, but not the second. I remember as a kid visiting him and his family. We drove down in a Honda Accord. He came out and said hello and then asked my dad to get the car out of his driveway. I don't blame him one bit, but the years have softened him. He is 92 now. Dad is 88.
Several years ago I read a book called "The Rape of Nanking". It is interesting, in school we learned all about the genocidal atrocities committed by the Germans in WWII, and about the Bataan death march, but I don't remember hearing anything about what the Japanese did in the rest of Asia. In some ways what they did makes the Nazis look tame.
Any doctrine that weakens personal responsibility for judgment and for action helps create the attitudes that welcome and support the totalitarian state.
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
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As Bon mentions in one of the earlier posts, we are not totally innocent. Though our crimes are far less severe then the ones committed in China by the Japanese. My point is that we acknowledge our mistakes and misdeeds. They're in the history books and we don't shy away from looking in the mirror. It's my understanding that many of Japans atrocities are conspicuously missing from their history books. Hidden away where no one has to confront them.
Walt you are "absolutely" correct regarding Japanese reluctance to acknowledge their WWII roles. The few Japanese historians who have been brave enough to criticize and publish alternative perspectives have been ostracized or marginalized as anti-Japanese. The "Faustian Bargain" Americans made with the Japanese was to allow the Emperor continued national reverence and use that obedience to de-militarize Japan. The Cold War was "game on." The Japanese took that military energy/defeat and applied it to their industrial rebuilding and marketing with US assistance. The Japanese refuse to look at themselves unlike the Germans.
This re-examination process is called historiography.