Alphaape's past comments

  • -1

    Alphaape

    So because you are desensitized to violence and your coworkers are not, they somehow do not understand the world?

    In this case, yes. Because my co-workers are what I would call your typical Japanese, they don't like to watch things that make them feel uncomfortable. I'm not talking about horror movies or shoot them up crime dramas, but anything that shows the world in a negative light (especially their Japanese world view) they tune it out. When discussing world events with them, they have no idea of what is going on with groups like ISIS, and to a much sadder point, nor do they realize and understand why surrounding nations don't have high regards to Japan from their WW2 history. Of course they know of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fire bombing of Tokyo, but have no clue what went on in those other battlefileds, nor do they like to discuss the horrors that are occuring real time or in the recent past.

    Teaching students that the world is not all a safe place is a good thing I think. What methods you use I admit need to be adjusted as to what leve you are teaching (don't show things like this to elementary kids), but students need to be made aware. And maybe they need to understand unlike in games and TV, once you shoot or kill someone, there is no reset or coming back.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

  • -1

    Alphaape

    It's a sad state of affairs when we feel that we should desensitize our kids to killing and murder in TV/movies.

    I was not saying that children should be desensitized to violence so that they can see it, however they need to be aware that bad things do happen in the world. Case in point, I tried to show a few Japanese female coworkers the movie trailer for the movie "Unbroken" and they both reacted as if they had seen a horrid scene when the main character was being beaten by the main Japanese guard, who happens to be Takamasa Ishihara (stage name of Miyavi) whom before they saw his role in the preview were excited to see that he was in an American movie.

    These were adult women, who like these girls had no clue as to what happened in WWII, and when the crisis was with the two Japanese citizens held by ISIS was going on didn't understand what ISIS was about, and somehow thought it had to do with Abe and his stance on wanting to change the Japanese constitution. They knew nothing of what is going on in the world, except the latest talento goings on and the latest drama on TV.

    I think the teacher used a valuable tool in teaching his world history class by showing the documentary. At least he is trying to expose them to what is going on. I remember back in my days in school when one of the classes I had asked us to watch what was on PBS the BBC documentary "the World At War" from about WW2, and it was a great way to understand what went on during that period, than watching some of the fictional movies on war that were being shown at the time.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

  • 1

    Alphaape

    If you have to go through so many steps to make sure that your apology or statement doesn't offend anyone, then I think that what ever he says is nothing more than just lip service, and would recommend you just don't say anything. If people will "clutch their pearls" and fall on the "fainting couch" at what he says or didn't say, I think that all parties need to get over it and realize that the war happened, some bad things were done, and we can say we are better for it because that level of fighting and kiliing is not going on now, thanks to the fact that we have been able to realize that it was wrong then and we have learned our collective lessons.

    If I were Abe, I would say just that, we learned from the mistakes of the past, and we will try not to repeat them and move on from there. Recognize that lives were lost on both sides but the fact that Japan has been at peace since then means that for those Japanese that have died, their deaths were not in vain.

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  • -2

    Alphaape

    The board of education reprimanded the teacher, calling his decision to show the documentary poor judgement, Sports Nippon reported.

    The Board is wrong and I commend the teacher in trying to explain to his students what is going on in the world. At least he was using a documentary that was produced by NHK, and not just raw video footage from You Tube. One thing I would recommend that the Board take a look at is the latest story on how ISIS members have gone into a Musem in Mosul, and destroyed some statues that were over 2,000 years old because they believed that they were symbols of idolatry, and they should understand that the Great Buddah in Kamakura and other shrines here in Japan will face the same fate if they don't start teaching their students what it is that these groups want, and not worry about what is politically correct and just burying your collective heads in the sand hoping that if you do nothing to them, they will do nothing to you.

    As far as the violent scenes go, I wonder do these girls get nervous watching some of the TV shows and movies that are shown in the media today.

    Posted in: 2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown IS documentary

  • 1

    Alphaape

    @ WilliB: You are mistaken if you think the majority is important.

    Correction to my post, that should read "You are mistaken if you think that majority is unimportant."

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

  • 0

    Alphaape

    The "majority" of anything are always just simple followers. It is ALWAYS the radicals that represent the danger of any ideology.

    @ WilliB: You are mistaken if you think the majority is important. You cite the Nazis in your post. If a few of the majoity would have stood up when they first rose to power, maybe the bad things that followed would not have happened. Maybe not all of Nazis were extremists, then if that were the case after the fall of Stalingrad and the constant bombing, wouldn't you think that vast majority would have stood up and demanded more from their government. What if they did, things would be different.

    But, because the extremist knew they have the "silent majority" on their side, they continued on their rampage. So of course the majority matters. If they got fed up with the ISIS types, it would be a coalition of Muslims heading towards Syria to fight them and take back their religion. But, the majority are silent, leaving them to believe that they have their support.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Haddiths and you see that ISIS follows them to the letter. So, like all Salafis, they go back to the roots, and you have no leg to stand on if you want to argue against them on religious grounds.

    That is the problem a lot of the world, not just the west doesn't understand. Yes Christanity has had a rough past, but also they had a reformation that changed some things. Just like Judaism and to some extend the other religiouns like Hinduism and Buddahism have modified their ways over the years to reflect the changing attitudes in their religion as compared to how society has changed. Don't think so, just look at how some Christian churches have started to adopt the issue like gay marriage.

    Under Islam, the Quran was not written by man (like the Bible and other religous texts) but was dictated to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel. So for any Muslim to try to change the words and meanings of the Quran would be blasphemy and those who believe that would be an apostate, and that would be someone worse than an infidel, since they should know better to go against the Quran while an infidel dosen't know any better. Thus you have the part of the basis for the whole Sunni/Shia rift in Islam.

    In the past, Mankind benefited greatly from Islamic civilization(s).

    Yes that is true, but those were in areas where the leaders were more secular than strict adherents to the teachings. Ask yourself this, what was the last great scientific or artistic advancement that has come out of a predominately Islamic society lately?

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

  • 2

    Alphaape

    His wife is doing much better in the TV series "Gotham." Maybe it's time for him to go back to the small screen.

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  • 3

    Alphaape

    I'd imagine the 90 or more Christians in the story were no better off monetarily, and perhaps worse off, than their captors.

    Those 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who were recently beheaded on the beach in Lybia were in Lybia looking for work, which they couldn't find in Egypt. So they were poor men looking for work, yet they didn't use their religion and the fact that they didn't have a job as a basis for going around and beheading 21 persons of a different religion.

    This is not a matter of economics, but one religion where certain followers of that religion want to use violent means to convert non-believers, and those of the same religion who don't practice it their particular way. ISIS has killed more muslims so far as they have non-Muslims.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

  • 1

    Alphaape

    As for the US, this is truly a can of worms. I think I'd prefer to take a quick nap. But I'll say this beforehand - Were they entirely responsible? No. Partially? Yes.

    I would say more an Great Britain can of worms. It was the Royal Geographical society that made up the nation of Iraq and put a Saudi Arab in place as a ruler after WWI, and they went back on a lot of their agreements that they used to get the Arab muslim help to fight the Ottomans in WWI (i.e. Lawerence of Arabia).

    The overriding issue is that Islam flourishes in poor countries, and in poor countries it is easier to raise extremists.

    Not true. The 9/11 hijackers came from well off (i.e. middle class) families and had college degrees and access to money to come to America and go to colleges in Europe. Also, bin-Laden was the son of a very rich man. If you look at the people that are going to Syria from England or France to join, they are not living in abject poverty in England being that they get plenty of government subsidies to get by.

    Take a look in Nigeria and Boko-Haram. Yes they come from a poor country, but also, there are poor Christians in Nigeria, and I have not heard of groups of young, unemployed Christan rampaging villages and taking young muslim girls hostage for sex slaves and to sell into slavery and force them to wear explosive vests to blow themselves up in Muslim areas.

    So I am not going to buy that these are just the poor who need a "jobs program" to take their mind off jihad. Remember, the main Whabi leaders are rich men from Saudi Arabia, and those men are not poor by any means but want their brand of religion to be the dominate religion in the world.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

  • -1

    Alphaape

    I find it interesting that on CNN they lead off with this story on their web site. And back on 6 Feb, on their CNN Money network they ran a story on the dangers of transporting oil by rail and the increase that has occured since 2008 (up 4,000%).

    CNN, no right leaning network is at least showing the potential problems with transporting such large amounts of oil by rail, and I am surprised that Obama and the Dems wouldn't really look at the potential dangers and grant the contrsruction of the pipeline.

    This will be a boom for Canada, in regards that they will probably just run the pipelines to their west coast and I am sure China will be more than willing to help with the financing as long as they get their cut of the oil. But Warren Buffet, who owns a majority of the rail shares that ship the oil will contine to make a fortune, all the while telling us that his secretary pays more in taxes than he does, and that a tax increase is needed for the "rich" to equal things out.

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  • 5

    Alphaape

    (At the same time, what happened to the Library of Alexandria was an irreparable loss, and set Science, and other fields, back several centuries).

    That was done by the Muslims and not the Christians. You need to also realize that the Ottoman Muslims (i.e. Turkey) kept the Arab Muslims in check for many centuries, up until the end of WWI. So for those who want to say the US and Christanity are the cause of ISIS are greatly misinformed on their history, and the conflict within Islam that has been going on for centuries.

    Posted in: Islamic State abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

  • 0

    Alphaape

    I wonder if they ran a survey to men on which would you want; a rich older woman (45 and up) or a pretty young girl who has no money. I am sure that the results would be the same for the men.

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  • 7

    Alphaape

    So let me get this right, the military murdered & plundered its way across half of Asia, enslaving POWs and slaughtering the populace. But when it came to sex with the locals they were gentlemen enough about it to put their hand in their pockets and pay for it. Does anyone buy that?!?

    Just look at how the movies "Unbroken" or "The Railway Man" are not well received in Japan because they depict the brutality of the Japanese treatment of POWs, then you can understand why some may be upset about a news article that was written by one of their "own" (i.e. Japanese news organization) that sheds a bad light on Japan.

    Posted in: 2,100 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 3

    Alphaape

    @ CH3CHO:

    hey can get Japanese citizenship upon application, and many actually did. But this is not my point here.

    If someone is born here, wouldn't that make them "Japanese" and then why should they have to apply for it? That is what I am trying to say about this situation. They want to claim that Japan didn't use comfort women, and that the IJA did no wrong in WW2. Yet, these very same people are probably the ones who don't want to recognize the various ethnic groups that have been in Japan as not being Japanese. They want to sugar coat the facts to make it fit their agenda.

    What's so hard at saying "yes we did this but it was wrong?" That doesn't diminsh the sacrifices that the Japanese troops who served and died in WW2, just as I as a Black man can respect the CSA Rebel soldiers (I don't agree with what they stood for) but recognize that they fought for what they believed in.

    These guys just need to own up to this. Just as the Koreans need to own up to the fact that they had (and still do to some extent) "camp towns" outside of major US military installations to service the GI's to keep them (in their opinion) away for the regular Korean women.

    If an article gets them so wound up, maybe they need to reevaluate themselves.

    Posted in: 2,100 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Ooh yeah, prob did come in on a military flight. Where there are no Japanese authorities to screen each individual.

    Not true. Even though there may not be any Japanese customs officials at the military controlled air terminals, the information that they receive from inbound passengers is turned over to the J-gov. Also, if this guy was a civilian worker, then an outstanding warrant would have been flagged when they did the background checks on him and he would not have been able to be hired.

    One thing that they may have to look at was what was his total nationality. In other words, he could have been of mixed (American/Japanese) heritage. Even though one is supposed to choose by the age of 21, some may choose to keep their Japanese passports updated and he may have left the USA and entered Japan using that one.

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  • 6

    Alphaape

    I don't get these people. They will sue because a paper wrote what happened, and they even pulled back from what really happened. Yet, when it comes to say the US military and their role in post war Japan, and the current situation in Okinawa, they will claim that the US military is responsible for most of the rapes and sexual crimes. So I guess it's ok for them to say everyone else's military does bad things to women, but the IJA and the military of Japan in WW2 was there to liberate the people and to treat them as equals.

    I would ask that these 2,100 take a look at how the Koreans were treated when under colonial rule by Japan, and better yet, ask why that there still is a distinction used for ethnic Koreans who have lived in Japan for generations before I go off and sue a newspaper for writing a story about what happened in a war in the past.

    Posted in: 2,100 people sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

  • 1

    Alphaape

    @ Whatsnext: Good points.

    @ Americanhonor: What some people may not understand is the role Japan plays in the world, and how that may be in conflict with what they have been told to belive in regards to their own constitution. To just go and say we will take your passport makes Japan look really weak in international eyes.

    I understand the Japan constitution in regards to Article 9 and no war. But, this prevents Japan from being able to protect her interest abroad, and I don't mean by going overseas and building bases. Look back at the Entebbe raid carried out by Israel in 1976 when Palestinian hijacked an ElAl flight to Uganda. Israel was able to mount a raid and get the hostages back, with very little outside support. One of the main reasons was that they had the military capability, and more importantly the will of the people behind them. Japan doesn't have either of those in my opinion.

    The SDF could be capable of doing something like a rescue, provided that they had support. A few years ago, a NATO led force with Danish forces were able to rescue hostages hijacked off the coast of Somalia back in 2012. Denmark doesn't have a vast military organization, but they are willing to work with coalition and put assets where needed to get the job done. Japan can't do that, part of it is their constitution, and their lack of will.

    If this photographer were going on Japanese government business, or an embassy of Japan was subject to attack and they pulled their people back then I fully understand. But this is an individual, and not a JAL/ANA plane that represents Japan and he should be able to venture into a bad place, and if he is captured, he knows the consequences.

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  • -4

    Alphaape

    One must think of the consequences first before taking a plunge into something. Yes, we have freedom in this world but one must remember it's not absolute. I think the government just did what it had to do.

    I agree with this, but on the other hand, the government must understand that they are not absolute in ruling the people and can't deny them the right to travel, unless they have violated laws or some other legal matter. We should expect the government to enact laws and I understand the need to protect their citizens, but it comes to a point where the government must cease and allow the individual. If they are going someplace to participate in an illegal action then of course. But, if they are going, not at the behest of the government, then they should be left alone.

    The real reason why they are doing this is because Japan is too afraid to come out and say that like the rest of the world, they are in the fight against radical Islam and that means fighting when necessary. If they don't want Japanese citizens going there, declare the area a war zone and ISIS enemy combatants, and then he shouldn't be allowed to go. But if they are not going to do it, then you just can't make "strong suggestions" on why one should not go there.

    Posted in: Photographer says barring him from Syria sets a bad precedent

  • 1

    Alphaape

    He said ministry officials and policemen visited his apartment in Niigata last Saturday and told him he would be arrested if he did not hand in his passport.

    It says that he has covered war zones before, so I take it he knows the hazards of the job. I can't believe that some ministry officals went so far as to go to his door to pick up his passport. If I were him, I would dress like a baby, and while he is still in the news go in front of the foreign ministry building and protest about how they are treating Japanese citizens as "infants" and time for them to let the people "grow up" and make decisions as adults. He knows the risks and if captured, can't expect Japan and it's military to rescue him.

    Let adults make adult decisions, and people need to understand that sometimes not everyone wants to just go along with the flow. I find it amazing that at times Japanese demand country unity in not making waves or causing an uncomfortable public image, and at the same time will not require people to do something like sing the national anthem before the beginning of the school day.

    Posted in: Photographer says barring him from Syria sets a bad precedent

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