THE ZEIT GIST
Dancing with the devil over 'Yasukuni' Blame the politicians who flirt with fascists for the debacle over Li's documentary
Please look under Shocking tales of Japan's 'idiot gaijin-reporters' The James Cagney Graduate School of Journalism.
Mr McNeill's saddle is on the wrong horse, stating 1,000 convicted and executed war criminals, including the men who led Japan's brutal pillage of Asia
Asia was brutally pillaged but not by Japan.
The main pillagers were UK, Holland, Spain, France, Russia and US with some minor pillaging by Germany and UK even going to war to protect their opium trade in China.
As for war criminals McNeill is also barking up the wrong tree.
Exempli gratia Lt Gen. Yamashita Tomoyuki's only crime was that his 30,000 front-line soldiers captured 130,000 British, Indian and Australian troops, the largest surrender of British-led personnel in history and that he was a much better general than MacArthur and Percival. On 23 February 1946, at Los Baños Prison Camp, south of Manila, POW Tomoyuki Yamashita, innocent of any war crime, was hanged.
What about "Demon LeMay" plannig the firebombing of Tokyo? A belligerent warmonger ( nicknamed "Bombs Away LeMay") LeMay was quite aware of both the brutality and criminality of his actions.
He once remarked that had the U.S. lost the war, he fully expected to be tried for war crimes. Mother and child.
LeMay commanded subsequent B-29 combat operations against Japan, including the massive incendiary attacks on sixty-four Japanese cities. This included the the firebombing of Tokyo on March 9–March 10, 1945. For this first attack, LeMay ordered the defensive guns removed from 325 B-29s, loaded each plane with Model E-46 incendiary clusters, magnesium bombs, white phosporus bombs and napalm, and ordered the bombers to fly in streams at 5,000–9,000 feet over Tokyo.
LeMay's Tokyo firebombing leaflet.
The first pathfinder planes arrived over Tokyo just after midnight on March 10. Following British bombing practice, they marked the target area with a flaming 'X.' In a three-hour period, the main bombing force dropped 1,665 tons of incendiary bombs, killing more than 100,000 civilians, destroying 250,000 buildings and incinerating 16 square miles (41 km²) of the city. Aircrews at the tail end of the bomber stream reported that the stench of burned human flesh permeated the aircraft over the target.
The bombing campaign against Japan, directed by LeMay between March 1945 and the Japanese surrender in August 1945, may have killed more than one million Japanese civilians. LeMay also oversaw Operation Starvation, an aerial mining operation against Japanese waterways and ports which disrupted Japanese shipping and food distribution.
He is perhaps most famous for suggesting in a 1965 book that the United States should escalate its bombing of North Vietnam: "My solution to the problem would be to tell them frankly that they’ve got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression, or we’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Age."
This racist (The Wallace/LeMay AIP ticket), super war criminal was honored by several countries, receiving the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the French Legion of Honor and the Silver Star. On December 7, 1964 the Japanese government in an ironic gesture conferred on him the First Order of Merit with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. Showa Tenno did not personally (declined to) present this award.
Obviously even the most sadistic war criminals turn into war heroes if they happen to be on the winning side.
by Gabor Fabricius
US conventional bombing damage to Japanese cities:
Japanese city % area destroyed
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