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November 4, 2007
Real Wartime Torture
A few Democratic senators nearly ambushed Michael Mukasey's nomination for Attorney General because he didn't condemn waterboarding, while many liberals wrung their hands and sniffed that Paul Tibbetts expressed no apology for bombing Hiroshima on his death bed. And while European and Moslem nations scream about the evil of US torture at Guantanamo, a new book makes the accusation that the perpetrators of some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War remain alive and unpunished in Japan:
Painstaking research by British historian Mark Felton reveals that the wartime behaviour of the Japanese Navy was far worse than their counterparts in Hitler's Kriegsmarine. According to Felton, officers of the Imperial Japanese Navy ordered the deliberately sadistic murders of more than 20,000 Allied seamen and countless civilians in cold-blooded defiance of the Geneva Convention. Here is just a small example of their evil as told by a survivor, British radio operator James Blears.
From the conning tower, Commander Shinji Uchino issued the ominous order: "Do not look back because that will be too bad for you," Blears recalled. One by one, the prisoners were shot, decapitated with swords or simply bludgeoned with a sledge-hammer and thrown on to the churning propellers. According to Blears: British historian Mark Felton's book Slaughter At Sea: The Story Of Japan's Naval War Crimes, details many long forgotten atrocities by the Japanese Navy and those who got away with it:
"One guy, they cut off his head halfway and let him flop around on the deck. The others I saw, they just lopped them off with one slice and threw them overboard. The Japanese were laughing and one even filmed the whole thing with a cine camera."
"The Japanese murdered 30million civilians while "liberating" what it called the Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere from colonial rule. About 23million of these were ethnic Chinese. Sixty five years later people should still remember; some actions are too awful to be ever forgotten, ever forgiven.
"It's a crime that in sheer numbers is far greater than the Nazi Holocaust. In Germany, Holocaust denial is a crime. In Japan, it is government policy. But the evidence against the navy – precious little of which you will find in Japan itself – is damning."