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View Diary: 71 years ago, April 18, 1942, 30 seconds over Tokyo (45 comments)

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  •  You left out Bataan (3+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, exlrrp, Jay C

    The Japanese were extraordinarily brutal toward prisoners of war. I have always believed that the warrior beliefs meant that prisoners of war were not fully human and without honor, since they had surrendered. That meant that atrocities were allowed toward the subhuman prisoners.

    The Japanese people were totally supportive of the war effort.

    •  I left out a lot!! (2+ / 0-)
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      Jay C, RiveroftheWest

      I had to for brevity. The scope of the Japanese atrocities equaled or exceeded the Nazis. Furthermore they were going on up to and beyond the day they dropped the bomb.
      The Japanese dominant thought was Bushido---basically a brutal, unforgiving warriors code. This mandated terrible treatment of conquered people and the Japanese lived it for all the years they brought war to other people.
      this is why the atom bombs were effective---forcing the Japanese to abandon their brutal, antisocial culture.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 05:00:50 AM PDT

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