On Friday, Americans watched the piece of slime straw man Hussein Soetoro engage in an almost “apologetic” visit to the city of Hiroshima, Japan. It was rather difficult listening to this man almost apologize for the dropping of the atomic bomb on the town in Japan. What was even more difficult was watching the outrage of my Dad whose two uncles fought in World War II – one in the Navy who served on 3 different ships the Japanese destroyed and one in the Marines who was a prisoner in the Bataan Death March. For the first time in quite a long time, I watched his face turn red, his eyes redden, and the sheer releases of rage fill the room.
Eventually, he spoke, almost yelling at the television, “What about all the **** (garbage) Japan pulled? What about Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Death March? I had two uncles who suffered fighting them ***s! Who started the **** (garbage) that got us in the war? That piece of **** [insert politically incorrect terminology here] needs to shut the hell up!”
The almost apology by Hussein Soetoro to the Japanese on behalf of America did not escape Breitbart contributor John Heyward either. In his article, “War Crimes of Imperial Japan: A Lesson in Moral Equivalence for Mr. Obama,” he covered the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Death March, and the Rape of Nanking, highlighting the extent and brutality of Japan on their enemies, prisoners, and civilians under the nation’s conquest. After recalling a portion of the Muslim terrorist sympathizer and supporter’s speech, Heyward recanted the war crimes committed by the island nation beginning with Pearl Harbor.
As my Dad indicated, Japan drew “first blood” by committing a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – considered a war crime. Japan’s propensity for bombing attacks didn’t stop there. Japan equally illegally bombed Singapore, Hong Kong, and the island nation of the Philippines. Heyward points out this was a very deliberate strategy by the Japanese. While Hussein Soetoro stood in Hiroshima and mentioned something about “mistakes of the past,” which was intended to be some type of criticism of the Empire of Japan. However, with the American Dictator’s disdain for America and its exceptionalism, it was a subtle stab at the heart of this nation. Speaking of Japan, Heyward noted, “Nothing they did was a mistake.”
Writing for Breitbart, Heyward stated:
Mr. Obama, who claims to be a lawyer and devotee of international law, may be interested to know that every single one of the 3,581 casualties at Pearl Harbor (according to the National WWII Museum tally) were considered non-combatants, including the 2,403 military personnel who were killed, because Japan did not declare war before the attack. If it happened today, it would be rightly denounced as a terrorist attack.
My Dad’s uncle who was a POW and marched in the Bataan Death March never spoke of his time in World War II or what happened. Only once do I remember it being mentioned. His aunt spoke about having to grab the children up in the middle of the night and leave when Dad’s uncle had one of his nightmares. From Heyward’s description of what occurred, one can understand the reluctance to recount the experience and the continuation of nightmares even after 30 years.
In an act of pure, deliberate sadism, because they were enraged by stiff American resistance during the siege, the Japanese forced their prisoners to march a hundred miles to a prison camp on foot. Many of the prisoners were killed out of hand, including anyone who dared to ask for water… and anyone who collapsed from dehydration. POWs reported Japanese soldiers taking away their meager supply of water and feeding it to horses while they watched. Starving men were tortured with false offers of food. Prisoners who accepted gifts of food from civilians along the route were murdered.
Some were murdered merely for possessing Japanese items, including currency. They were killed by beheading and run through with bayonets, as well as gunshots. Bayonet victims died from orgies of frenzied stabbing, not clean and swift impalement. Some of the captives were reportedly driven insane by exposure to the sun. They were also crammed into barbed-wire pens were malaria, dengue fever, dysentery, and other diseases ran wild.
It has been estimated that between 5,000 and 11,000 of Japan’s prisoners were killed during the Bataan Death March. That wasn’t the only death march the Empire perpetrated, either. The prisoners of Sandakan were subjected to multiple forced marches, once the Japanese lost interest in using them as slave labor. By the time they were finished, only six of the original 2,390 prisoners were still alive.
One of the Japanese torture methods recounted by survivors of Sandakan involved pouring water down a prisoner’s throat until his stomach became distended, and then kicking him in the stomach.
About half of Japan’s captives in the Pacific died before the end of the war. Brave men who survived the experience spent the rest of their lives refusing to talk about what they went through. [emphasis mine]
I knew my Dad’s uncle pretty well and knew he fought in WWII. We spent many Sunday afternoons visiting him and my Dad’s aunt – fond memories of boating on the lake, outdoor cooking and eating, and plenty of fun. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after his death that I knew my Dad’s uncle was a prisoner of Japan who marched the 100 miles in the Bataan Death March. And, it was even later that I learned of what these men endured. Like Heyward and my Dad, Hussein Soetoro’s entire spiel is insulting to those brave men, their families, their relatives and especially to those who lost their lives in World War II.
One war crime omitted from the history books that I remember studying is the Rape of Nanking. Heyward points out that the Japanese were even more brutal to Filipinos and Chinese than Americans. Their atrocities in Bataan and to the POWs were awful and almost unconscionable. The literal raping of the city of Nanking, involving approximately 80,000 sexual assaults, lay to waste the capital of Nationalist China where Japanese conquerors murdered men, women and children. Their bodies by the thousands were left piled on the roadside with the Yangtze River turning red from all the blood.
The death toll ran into the hundreds of thousands, leaving some modern observers to speak of genocide. The exact body count remains a matter of political dispute between Japan and China to this day. The figure generally accepted at post-war trials was over 200,000, but some think the total number is closer to 400,000.
In an interesting parallel, Heyward describes the Japanese approach to their Chinese foes at the time similar to the strategy used by ISIS: “maximum carnage and savagery, to terrorize the foe into submission.” History indicates the Japanese used many ISIS methods: beheadings, burning alive their captives, and burying them alive. One wonders if ISIS did not mimic the Japanese since their methods are similar. More than likely, the Japanese studied Islam and Mohammed’s tactics.
Fortunately, the Japanese were proud of their actions during that time; the conquerors snapped many photographs effectively documenting their war crimes. Heyward reports that Chinese workers in the photo shops smuggled out copies of the photos. Later on, the Japanese government attempted to destroy the photos to hide the war crimes committed. But, this was not to be the only atrocity in Nanking.
International visitors to Nanking tried to establish a safe zone for Chinese civilians, but it didn’t hold the Japanese at bay for long. One important chronicle of the occupation was the diary of an American woman named Minnie Vautrin, who wrote of girls as young as 12 being dragged away for rape, and piles of corpses burned to erase evidence of Japan’s crimes. Vautrin was one of the last victims of the Rape of Nanking. She killed herself in 1941.
Also horrified by what he saw was the man who wound up leading the unsuccessful effort to maintain an international safe zone in Nanking, John Rabe. He was the head of the local Nazi Party.
With all the atrocities committed by the German Nazi Party in Europe, Nanking had to be especially grotesque for a Nazi Party member to be horrified.
Of course, it might surprise many to know that the Japanese Empire engaged in a war on women for decades after Nanking and World War II. Countless women and girls were forced into sex slavery and many were considered “comfort women.” In fact, it was just last year that Japan and South Korea reached “an agreement for roughly $8 million dollars in reparations to South Korea victims.”
Obama conveniently left out plenty of information about war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese as he fawned “in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell. We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry. We remember all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war and the wars that came before and the wars that would follow.”
Heyward points out that the Chinese state media is upset with America’s self-appointed Dictator for overlooking the atrocity of Nanking and other offenses committed against China. In an editorial in Xinhua by Chen Shilei, “Furthermore, given Hiroshima’s sensitive identity, the Japanese government is trying to use the historic visit to highlight Japan’s image of a ‘war victim’ while downplaying its role as an aggressor in WWII.”
Continuing, Shilei wrote:
However, no matter what wishful thinking Washington and Tokyo are engaging in, Obama’s Hiroshima visit should not be used as an occasion to whitewash Japan’s atrocities in WWII.
The death of Japanese civilians in the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack deserves global sympathy, but the tragedy was of Japan’s own making. Its then militarist government turned the city into the site of military headquarters, arsenals and camps and a vital part of its war machine that killed tens of millions in other countries.
However, these atrocities were not enough for the Island Empire of Japan. Japanese forces went on to murder doctors and nurses. At a hospital in Singapore, Australia Army nurses tried to leave before the Japanese occupation. Their overloaded boat was blown out of the water by Japanese planes, then survivors were strafed. The ones who survived and made it to Bangka Island were then bayoneted or shot by Japanese troops even though the nurses showed their Red Cross armbands.
Despite an opportunity to escape, Matron of nurses Irene Drummond requested her “girls” hold fast to care for injured men. As she and 21 of her nurses were marched to the shore of Bangka Island to be murdered by machine gun, she declared her pride and love for them all.
The only reason this particular incident is known is the survivor Vivian “Bully” Bullwinkel. Vivian survived her gunshot wounds and provided testimony at the war-crimes trial. Being shot in the back, Vivian walked off the beach only to be recaptured by the Japanese. Fearing they might realize she was a witness to the massacre that could cause the Japanese to murder the prisoners, she hid her wounds and treated herself.
The Christmas Day massacre at St. Stephen’s College in Hong Kong resulted in Japanese troops murdering doctors and the injured patients. Nurses were raped.
These were unconscionable acts of crimes committed during war; but, the Japanese added to the list by engaging in cannibalism and medical experimentation upon prisoners.
According to Breitbart as reported by John Heyward:
Imperial Japan was infamous for torturing and killing its prisoners, in defiance of all international laws. Sometimes execution was the best-case scenario for its prisoners.
In the 1990s, documents were uncovered that described widespread cannibalism by Japanese troops. The Japanese academic who collected these papers, Toshiyuki Tanaka, said the cannibalism was not primarily due to a shortage of food, but “to consolidate the group feeling of the troops.”
Tanaka documented at least 100 cases of cannibalism against Australians, Indian soldiers, forced laborers in New Guinea, as well as similar atrocities in the Philippines.
A later Telegraph article cites research that suggests that four of the eight American airmen captured after bombing raids on Chichi Jima island, south of Tokyo, were cannibalized after all eight were tortured and executed with swords, bayonets, and bamboo stakes. A ninth pilot who had to bail out of his plane during the raids managed to evade capture by the Japanese. His name was Lt. George Bush.
Imperial Japan also conducted horrifying medical experiments on its prisoners, including the removal of their organs while they were still alive, without anesthesia. Some of these crimes were concealed with false claims by the Japanese government that American test subjects had been transferred to Hiroshima as POWs and vaporized in the atomic bomb blast.
The now-infamous Imperial Army Unit 731 conducted medical experiments on thousands of POWs and civilians, including chemical and biological warfare research. These weren’t just laboratory experiments – they field-tested “plague bombs” on Chinese towns. Plans were made to deploy these biological weapons against American cities with balloons and kamikaze attacks. Imperial Japan was very interested in developing and using weapons of mass destruction.
The source article contains in-depth recounts of specific incidences involving the war crimes of the Japanese Empire during World War II, which were not reproduced here, but shed light on the violations by Japan. According to Heyward, the list could go on. For those who lost family to any of these atrocities and those not listed, deepest sympathies are extended. For those who survived and returned home, God Bless you and keep you.
Many might say Heyward was “keeping score” and recounting this as a “hit” on the Japanese people. Heyward recognizes the nation of Japan as good friends to the united States, which he describes as “the happiest ending one could ask from a story this horrible.”
In contrast, this is about one Hussein Soetoro, self-appointed Dictator of the united States, once again parading in front of the cameras as the first “president” to visit Hiroshima since the dropping of the atomic bomb, and acting as though the united States engaged in the epitome of perpetration of evil. In fact, had the united States not dropped two atomic bombs on the Empire of Japan, countless other thousands would have lost their lives to these atrocities had not the US forced the surrender of Japan. How many more would have died in a conventional warfare invasion of Japan? How much longer would the war have lasted, taking countless good men and women on both sides from family, spouses, children and friends?
In a war such as World War II, against foes such as Germany, Italy and Japan, it takes men of courage, humility, God-fearing, and God-loving character to lead young boys and men into battle with rumors of such atrocities seeping through the vines of communication. War is an ugly business, but one that is necessary at times to right considerable wrongs. What no nation needs is a “leader” who engages in apologies for an action taken to “end all evils.” Who can debate whether it is better to die from exposure to radiation, a firebomb attack or being buried alive alongside friends, family and countless others? I, along with my family members, agree with Mr. Heyward’s assessment, “People like Barack Obama have no idea how to fight a war like that. God help us all if they are in power when the next such war is forced upon us.” Likewise, politicians of today are not the politicians/statesmen present during that time, but are absolute cowards who would shudder should they have to actually declare war in actual defense of this nation. These “men” cannot even impeach a man sitting in the Oval Office on charges of treason when irrefutable, documented evidence stares all in the face, or other documented, evidentiary crimes.
As we observe this Memorial Day, a heart-felt gratitude to those who gave their life in service to this nation and its people, during all wars and conflicts, is extended to those families of the fallen as we remember their loved ones. These brave men and women should never be forgotten for their ultimate sacrifice for this nation in the face of the adversity and atrocities occurring during times of war and conflict. Heroes are they all. For those who survived to live on until passing on home soil much later, thank you. And, thank you, Uncle James and Uncle Ed. May they all rest in peace.