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Who Should Apologize?
On August 6, 2010, U.S. Ambassador
John Roos attended the ceremony commemorating the
dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This is the first time since Japan’s surrender in 1945 that the U.S. has had an
official presence at the memorial, and many Japanese interpret this as an
apology for dropping the bombs. There is
further talk that President Obama will also visit the memorial at some future
date, thus casting the Japanese people as victims of World War II.
Where is the outrage in America? Our media passed over the event with little
comment, except for a few outlets suggesting that the apology was overdue, as
always occurs on this date. But why do
we as a nation have to apologize? The
act saved an estimated million Allied casualties and perhaps millions of
Japanese lives, including civilians being trained for total resistance,
including suicide attacks against our troops.
How soon we forget history. Our Euro-centric culture leads us to believe
that the start of World War II occurred at the Polish border in 1939. But many historians believe that the
worldwide conflagration started two years earlier when the Japanese created the
Marco Polo Bridge incident they used as an excuse to invade China. The Japanese had already been in an
undeclared war with the weak Chinese government for more than 40 years,
invading Korea in 1894, taking Formosa in 1895, Manchuria in 1931, and part of
China north of the great Wall in 1932.
Then in 1933 they imposed troops into China
near Peking to “maintain order”. The incident at the Marco Polo Bridge in 1937 was simply a cover to
give them a legal excuse to declare war on the Chinese government, and they
soon controlled all of the large industrial cities and ports. Their invasion was brutal with bombings and
executions of civilians and the infamous slaughter in the Chinese capital of Nanking.
The attack on Pearl Harbor was primarily
to prevent the U.S. from thwarting their plans to take over all of Southeast
Asia, and they soon controlled an enormous landmass that included China,
Malaya, Burma, the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, and New Guinea, which
provided a rich source of natural materials.
They also controlled a large number of Pacific Islands
to provide an outlying barrier to protect their home islands.
When the Japanese cast themselves
as “victims” and demand an apology for the bombings, they are ignoring their history
of aggression and militancy. Before
demanding an apology from the U.S, they must look inward at their own nations actions, which directly resulted in an estimate of
between 25 and 50 million deaths in Asia. They should think first of apologizing for
the Rape of Nanking, the Manila Massacre, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the
biological experiments and attacks on China, the brutal conditions under which
Allied military and civilians were held, the slave labor camps, the comfort
women, and many other atrocities that they committed.
We must not allow any official of
the U.S. to act in a way
that would imply that we are apologizing to Japan for our actions to end a war
that they started. All thinking
Americans must arise with outrage at any indication that our government
officials are weakening on this issue. I
say to those who were prisoners of the Japanese, they took our liberty, our health, and our lives, so let us not now let
them also take our dignity.
a call for action. If you agree with
this statement, please write to President Obama, and your Senators and
Congressman. Doing so immediately will
make a strong and timely statement that we are not going to tolerate our
government backing down on the issue of an apology to Japan. Use your own words, or excerpt from this
editorial by Angus Lorenzen. Thank you from BACEPOW.
Contact Sascha Jansen