Just last week, I was perusing through Asia Times, reading an article by Peter Lee on the TPP, when I noticed the following picture, and a comment from a reader.
Reader Jack Temujin astutely noted:
Abe purposely placed himself in a cockpit of an aircraft numbered 731. After the notorious bio-chem, germ warfare facility Unit 731 during ww2. And we supposed to forgive and forget Japanese war crime?
Is this for real?
Visiting shrines is one thing. I mean I sort of understand the logic that one terrorist is another’s freedom fighters. That is, if the U.S. can get away with nuking Japan at the end of WWII for no reason other than to send a message to the world, particularly the Soviet Union, and not call their soldiers and leaders war criminals, 1 why must Japan owe up to its own transgressions throughout Asia? If the U.S. can have places of national memorials such as the Arlington cemetery that house men who fought for the South (who presumptively fought for slavery, which is considered everywhere today as a crime against humanity), why can’t Japan have its own place for national remembrance? 2 If the U.S. can continue to honor its own founding fathers – most of whom owned slaves and slaughtered native American Indians without any impunity, why can’t Japan worship its own leaders – leaders who fought for Japan and who honored Japan?
But giving China the middle finger by posing in a 731 jet? What is the honor of that?
Yet … is Abe really that obtuse about history? Is he really egging the Chinese on by spitting on the millions Japan murdered in WWII? Does he really want war?
I am so flabbergasted I don’t know what to think…
- According to Major General Curtis LeMay, “The War would have been over in two weeks without the Russians entering and without the atomic bomb. The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the War at all.” ↩
- The Yasukuni shrine – long a point of friction between China and Japan – for example is a shrine established in 1869 to pronounce the supremacy of the Shinto faith, to assert the divinity of the Japanese Emperor, and to uphold the centrality of the Imperial institution in Japan’s national identity and polity. ↩