Saturday, 7 August 2010

Hiroshima anniversary celebrations

I am happy to join the celebrations across the globe to mark the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb. Although in itself destructive, it and the Nagasaki device brought an end to the war in the East and crushed forever the hideously inhuman Japanese Empire, saving countless lives and preventing endless suffering at the hands of these crude barbarians.

Since the rape of Nanking the world had watched in horror as the Nips used living women and children for bayonet practice, spawned bombs carrying the world's most deadly diseases against their fellow man and butchered and slaughtered and enslaved their cruel way across Asia. The horror of the Japanese, their unmitigated inhumanity, was unique in human history. So we celebrate today with balloons flying and cava sparkling the Hiroshima bomb, and the efforts of the British and American team that made it.

My only regret is that we didn't string up Hirohito, his entire Court and cabinet at the war's end.


Savonarola said...

Until recently Shek O Golf Club in Hong Kong made it difficult for Japanese golfers to get on the course which was a prison camp during their occupation of HK. A former inmate campaigned for fifty years and got compensation of £10k for each inmate. He wrote a book 'Banzai you bastards'.

Keiichi said...

I just don't agree with you.
I just am very sad when I read your article.

Raedwald said...

Keiichi -

If you're under 40, you're a victim of your own government's suppression of Japan's war history; your school history books have been censored, and your teachers have lied to you.

Please read the BBC's 'Horror in the East' by Laurence Rees for a documented and referenced history of this era.

I am very sad that two whole generations of the Japanese people have been lied to in this way.

talwin said...

Keiichi, few would be able to read about Japan's little expedition to Manchuria, nor, thereafter, it's part played during WWII without feeling sad.

But it would be more helpful if you were to say why you disagree with what Raedwald has written. I note that you do not accuse him of telling untruths.

Want to enlighten us?

Keiichi said...

We are educated that we have to respect for old people.
I respect and believe my mother, father, grandmother, grandfather and so on.
One of my grandfather(my mother's father) was a genuine Taiwanese.
I mean, he was aborigine of Taiwan, not a Chinese.

We Japanese fought against Chinese and Koreans again and again in history.
In history, China is a very big and powerful country in Asia.
Chinese tried to conquer Japan several times in history. I know Japanese also tried to conquer China.
I heard English fought against French again and again in history.
Which are right? Which are wrong?
I am 47 years old.
I am not a child.
I know a realty of life.
Winner is always right.
Loser is always wrong.

On August 15th, this is our end day of WWⅡ, every Japanese pray for victims of the war.
I say again, winner is always right, loser is always wrong.
So, I just am very sad.

Thank you for your asking and reading.

Savonarola said...


I am afraid our cultural differences makes us act differently in war time. All soldiers treat prisoners badly.

Japanese soldiers displayed a brutality to prisoners that was uniquely unspeakable. This is because they regarded prisoners as vermin not fit to live.

We are sorry that Hiroshima took place. It had to.

I did business in Japan for 15 years and have many Japanese friends. A wonderful country and good people.

William Gruff said...

An uncle of mine was a prisoner of war of the Japanese. He is now nearly ninety and has been almost blind and deaf since returning from the pacific. What little sight he has is due entirely to the barbaric attentions of his captors and the heroic efforts of the surgeons and nursing staff of St Dunstan's. He came back to England almost completely blind and deaf. How much longer he might have lived had the war not ended when it did can only be guessed at.

Japanese savagery was at least as bad as, if not worse than, that of the Germans and very few victims of it feel any sadness about the dropping of the atom bombs.

BrianSJ said...

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

Bill Sticker said...

'Rape of Nanking'. Venue of the first modern world beheading contest. Video here.

That was then. Japan is a different society now.

Anonymous said...

Keiichi, are you really Japanese or is this a joke? Could you repeat your first post in 日本语 for me? If you can, I would be happy to respond.

Anonymous said...


And thats google translate for you!

Coney Island

talwin said...

Keiichi. I could have added for your consideration the quotation,"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it". Santayana.

Let's hope not, eh?

Whilst I'm using quotes it seems to me I might also refer, ironically, to a quote of your own, often repeated on your website,

"Hey you!
Don't worry!
Take it easy!
It's OK!
Who knows what fantastic things are in store just around the corner?"

Perhaps something that might have been said by a naive, deluded (or cruel)apologist for Japan's atrocities to a P.O.W just before he (or she) was beheaded by a fine servant of the Emperor.

Keiichi said...

Thank you for writing to me.
I learned something from your opinion.
Actuary I was shocked when I read this article. Many Japanese don't know that some people in this world celebrate "Hiroshima day". Many Japanese can't believe that there is a "Hiroshima anniversary celebrations in England", I think.
We Asian now become friends each other.
We hope the world is peaceful.
Thank you.