This is the anniversary of V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day). One of the world's four most savage, brutal and murderous regimes finally surrendered on this date in 1945. They surrendered only after years of futile resistence on island after island in the Pacific and in South East Asia.
Japanese armies committed genocide in China - using weapons of mass destruction repeatedly against Chinese civilians. When American forces approached Manilla, the Phillipines, Japanese troops went on a rampage of murder and destruction that rival anything the NAZIs did. This list of horrors committed by Japanese forces is long. With the Japanese surrender a war which had claimed 62 million lives ended. That's an average of about 18, 800 deaths per day (judging the war to have started in 1936 with the invasion of China).
And what was the cause of this war? As I said in my posting on V-E day, it was nationalism! Nationalist dictatorships caused that war in their quest to establish "autarky."
Monday, August 15, 2005
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 5:00 AM