Here in the USA we demonize the nazi’s of WWII and the current Neo Nazi’s. We know the names of Hitler and his crew and how bad they were. We know the numbers – or at least some of us do. Rough number killed in the holocaust is 17 million. THAT includes the Soviet POW’s and others.
What about the Japanese?
Does anyone make references to THEM when talking about Evil war? Does anyone ever throw out the names of THEIR butchers?
I never see it. Here is a bit of history about the Japanese in WWII:
From the invasion of China in 1937 to the end of World War II, the Japanese military regime murdered near 3,000,000 to over 10,000,000 people, most probably almost 6,000,000 Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Filipinos, and Indochinese, among others, including Western prisoners of war.
No we have no Japanese war criminal names we banter about even though there were many. MANY Japanese were butchers during the war. They experimented on humans – without anesthetic. They used prisoners for bayonet and target practice. They routinely tortured prisoners. They butchered hundreds of thousand of Chinese.
We don’t hear much about it because Europe was so much closer. OUR people. White folks. The Germans had a high body count but the Soviets under Stalin had nearly twice as many during the war and much more after. During Stalin’s reign, roughly 40 million Soviet citizens died. 40 MILLION. We don’t hear the names of Stalin and his people used when we talk about monstrous leaders.
Only the Germans.
NOT the Japanese
The Japanese butchers were unknown to your average American then and now. If you ask the Chinese about the hell on earth the Japanese created there; the rape, torture and killing, they will speak with a passion of it. They were the true victims of them.
We have computer games with the Germans being the bad guys. ALWAYS. Yet never games with the Japanese being bad guys. It’s alien to your average American. We are largely ignorant of it all. Maybe “Bataan Death March” may ring a bell for some. Or names like Saipan, Guadalcanal or the Philippines. We know the names of the countries of Europe where battles were fought but not the islands in the Pacific where Americans fought. We don’t know of what horrors the Japanese perpetrated on the people of (then) Burma, Singapore and Malaysia. We may know some vague thing about the Nanking Massacre in which the Japanese are purported to have killed over 300,000 in a 6 period. An orgy of death, torture and rape. That was one. There were many smaller such actions done by the Japanese. Rape, torture and kill. We don’t hear about it. We may know something about those horrible Americans with their atomic bombs but not what the Japanese did. We have few movies or TV shows about Americans (and others) fighting the Japanese during WWII. Yes Pearl Harbor gets mentioned over and over but not much else.
The German’s kept good records. Their bad guys were big news villains and well known. The Soviets and Japanese? They hid and destroyed their records. Especially the Japanese.
I am not writing this to defend the Nazi’s of WWII. I wrote this to show how IGNORANT so many Americans are about history. About the crimes and criminals of war and humanity. It wasn’t ONLY the Germans that did so much killing. Others did too. They just hid it better. Much better and so much better we don’t reference or even know THEIR names.