The secret of redemption lies in remembrance – this according to a former president of Germany, Richard von Weizsacker.
Remembrance has served that nation well with respect to its WWII Holocaust.
In sharp contrast, Japan has national amnesia and even denial of its multiple WWII holocausts. Meanwhile in America, liberal revisionist history is questioning America’s use of the atomic bomb 67 years ago today. Let the following facts be submitted to a candid world.
We begin with some history. During World War II which of the following cities suffered the most human deaths in a single bombing?
(a) Dresden, Germany – Allied bombing
(b) Hamburg, Germany – Allied bombing
(c) Hiroshima, Japan – US atomic bomb
(d) Nagasaki, Japan – US atomic bomb
(e) Tokyo, Japan – US bombing
The answer from fewest to most deaths is as follows. The fewest deaths were in Dresden (30,000), then Nagasaki (45,000) followed by the allied bombing of Hamburg (50,000). Next is Hiroshima (65,000) and then the US fire bombing of Tokyo (100,000).
The number of casualties in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was comparable to that of conventional bomb attacks on German cities and far less than the bombing of Tokyo. To add further perspective, the Battle of Stalingrad resulted in 1.5 million killed – 14 times that of all atomic weapons.
The Rape of Nanking and Other Japanese Holocausts
As lethal as the A-bombs were, their death toll paled in comparison to the WWII Japanese Rape of Nanking which resulted in 250,000 killed, the vast majority coming from massacres of Chinese civilians whom the racist Japanese regarded as subhuman.
The Japanese atrocities were so cruel and horrific I can’t describe them in a family oriented blog. The combined death toll from both atomic bombs was less than half of those senselessly slaughtered by the Japanese in Nanking. Unfortunately, the Rape of Nanking was not an isolated incident.
“The Rape of Nanking was not an isolated incident; Japan perpetrated at least 50 ghastly holocausts.”
Nanking was only one in a long, gruesome series. Other Japanese holocausts included the Bataan Death March, Korean comfort ladies, subhuman POW treatment, massacres in Shanghai and Hong Kong and the Yellow River flood when Japan murdered 1 million civilians by destroying dikes. In the Philippines alone there were 72 documented massacres with over 120,000 dead.
The list of Japanese holocausts goes on and on and on; it includes Laha Airfield, Bangka Island, Parit Sulong, Tol Plantation, Balikpapan, Chekiang, the Sandakan Death March, Truk, Manchuria, Pingfan and at least 40 more wretched holocausts..
Yet there are those liberal revisionists among us who dare to question whether our atomic attacks on Japan were racist. There is not one scintilla of evidence to support such a deranged assertion. There are however mountains of evidence proving the Japanese Rape of Nanking was racism pure and simple – as were nearly all the 50 massacres, holocausts, ethnic cleansings and atrocities perpetrated by the Empire of Japan in the Pacific War.
Moreover, the atomic attacks on Japan ended the war and saved 3 million lives – 2 million of which would have been Japanese – had the US been forced to invade the Japanese home islands. Those numbers come from the Japanese themselves including Emperor Hirohito. Toshikazu Kase, the high-level envoy representing Japan at the surrender, stated: “The capitulation of Japan (due to the atomic attacks) saved the lives of several million men.”
Without Remembrance There Cannot Be Redemption
In willful and flagrant disregard of the unambiguous historical record of 67 years, the Japanese people remain in denial. They do not teach in their schools about the Rape of Nanking nor does it even appear in their history books. They continue to ignore, downplay and obfuscate their long train of more than 50 wretched WWII atrocities. If remembrance is indeed the key to redemption, the Japanese people today remain entirely and utterly unredeemed.
“If remembrance is indeed the key to redemption, the Japanese people are entirely and utterly unredeemed.”
To those in Japan, America or elsewhere who dare to revise or to deny history, my response is straightforward: Remember Pearl Harbor! Remember the Bataan Death March! Remember the Rape of Nanking! Never forget those or any of the other 50 Japanese atrocities, massacres and holocausts.
Above all, never grant the Japanese people redemption until their collective memory improves and all their children learn the truth about their grandfathers.
Let’s also pledge always to remember the three million lives saved by the atomic attacks. This is personal with me; you see, one of lives saved could have been a certain soldier who was assigned to the invasion of Japan 67 years ago today: my father.
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