Saturday, August 06, 2005

Doomed To Repeat

It's the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima again - and again with the apologies for meeting aggression with force.

Once again the West's media reports on the victims of the bomb and ignores that many more lives would have been lost on each side had the Americans not sent the B-29 bomber Enola Gay to demonstrate the wisdom in capitulating ASAP.

There is no doubt the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, achieved exactly what they were intended to - end the war. The Japanese surrendered a week later.

Had the war been allowed to be fought to a conventional conclusion, it would have taken an extra year and cost an estimated million lives on each side. For anyone whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were fighting on either side at that time or were imprisoned by the Japanese, stop and think what might have happened to you - or rather not happened - had the war been allowed to go on for that extra 12 months.

But reports on today's 60th anniversary are weighted not to the victims of Japanese aggression but to victims of American 'aggression' and feature fatuous quotes from that famous fascist Kofi Annan and, towards the end of a piece in which Americans are asked to justify themselves for ending a war someone else started, from teenage children.

But, of course, the children are so wise... /sarcasm>

However, while Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba plays the victim card by accusing the US and other nuclear states of 'threatening humanity by their "selfish" attachment to nuclear weapons', there was one bright spot of honesty from Japanese lower house speaker Yohei Kono, admitting the anniversary should remind Japan not to return to militarism:

"We made a mistake in choosing our path in Asia and followed a road to war," Kono said.

"We took away the independence of Korea and we intervened in China using the military ... one of the results of fighting against the international community was the dropping of the atomic bomb."

Coming from a representative of a people who have frequently denied responsibility for their aggression and barbarism during World War 2, they're strong words.

He also called on the world to not use nuclear weapons again.

Indeed, the shocking results of their use in 1945 have served as a restraint on nuclear states for the last 60 years.

The relative simplicity of nuclear technology today, however, means that 'the bomb' may at any time be available mere groups of terrorists. Indeed, the risk that Islamofascists might use small, 'dirty' nuclear bombs in Western cities is very real.

Yet here we are, recalling the bombing of Hiroshima and sympathising with aggressors as 'victims', exactly as the looney left asks us to sympathise with those who have declared war on us today.

-- Nick


One was heartened yesterday evening to see The History Channel screen Lou Reda's hard-hitting documentary Japanese War Crimes: Murder Under The Sun as part of it's Hiroshima commemorations. However, it was followed up by a look at Kamikaze pilots, disturbing not only because it echoed the fanaticism of today's suicide bombers but also because the entire program failed to mention any Japanese culpability for the advancing Allied assault. Also screening later today on The History Channel is Days That Shook The World - Hiroshima which also pans out as an America-blaming apologia to the Japanese. The final frames cutting between photos of the bomb survivors and American flag waving and dancing in the streets after the Japanese capitulation are plainly calculated to have an anti-American effect.

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