BertieWooster's past comments

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    One beheading by an ISIS militant and it's all over the headlines. There wasn't just ONE at Nankin. Chinese were lined up and beheaded one by one as the others watched. It was a horror show of unbelievable cruelty.

    And it wasn't just the beheadings, either.

    Japan needs to front up, admit it and take responsibility.

    Of course, China has its skeleton in the closet too and needs to take responsibility for Tibet, Tianmen and so on.

    These incidents have nothing to do with each other.

    Pretending they didn't exist or writing them out of history books will only make sure they persist. Only by facing up to what was done, taking responsibility for it and ensuring it won't happen again can we move forward.

    Posted in: Chinese NGO wants Japan apology for 1937 massacre

  • -7

    BertieWooster

    Cheap or expensive, Yoshinoya Gyudon is crap.

    Posted in: Japan's beef bowl - symbol of deflation - to get price hike

  • -5

    BertieWooster

    In diplomacy, this is developing into a rather large problem.

    Just confronting the past, admitting it and taking responsibility would defuse the issue.

    Germany did this and came out very well.

    Unfortunately, it's something Abe and his right wing supporters are totally incapable of doing.

    Stout denial just doesn't work.

    It just becomes;

    "Did!"

    "Didn't!"

    "Did!"

    "Didn't!"

    A bit childish, don't you think?

    Posted in: Chinese NGO wants Japan apology for 1937 massacre

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Of course, the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with oil, did it?

    The US of A was acting to make the world safe for democracy, wasn't It?

    This thread is about US military mistakes, the invasion(s) of Iraq and Afghanistan were surely mistakes. And mistakes that cost a lot of lives. There is no excuse for this.

    Posted in: An inside account of U.S. military mistakes

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Abenomics - total FAIL!

    Posted in: Japan's recession worse than thought, data shows

  • -3

    BertieWooster

    Strangerland,

    Sassan never posed a threat to America

    I think you mean Saddam Hussein.

    But surely, he was the person who orchestrated 9/11, wasn't he?

    Posted in: An inside account of U.S. military mistakes

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Iglenn,

    the mistake was in occupying the two countries, instead of going in, taking out Saddam and Osama, and then exiting.

    Do you honestly think it's OK to invade another country and "take out" two people?

    What do you think gives you this right?

    Posted in: An inside account of U.S. military mistakes

  • 7

    BertieWooster

    Vote LDP and you get guys like this!

    It's up to you Japanese voting public. Think before you vote!

    Posted in: Gaffe-prone Aso criticizes women who don't give birth

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    JeffLee,

    Total agreement on what you write.

    If all the money, time and resources had been put into peace making activities, we would have a Golden Age now.

    Instead of something close to Armageddon.

    Posted in: An inside account of U.S. military mistakes

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    JeffLee,

    I get what you are saying about the British and Soviet failures in Afghanistan.

    But then the Al Quaeda was a group of nutcases recruited, trained and armed by the CIA to get the Russkies out of Afghanistan. This backfired on the US. Thousands were killed. There was the US invasion of Iraq, based on the fertile imagination of Bush and gang. More were killed.

    This was followed by the training and arming of an Iraq Defence Force to take over after the US troops left. It was a pushover for the ISIS to grab the weapons and point them the other way.

    Which of these activities do you consider to be "help?"

    Posted in: An inside account of U.S. military mistakes

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    San_Diegan,

    It is as you say, a terrible waste of resources, also a waste of time and mostly, a waste of life.

    But then, for some, money is more important!

    Posted in: An inside account of U.S. military mistakes

  • 8

    BertieWooster

    A comment from another General, United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler:

    "War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."

    Posted in: An inside account of U.S. military mistakes

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Steve Crichton,

    The snakes are not a problem unless you go trekking across wild country a lot.

    And, as you say, the people are very friendly and the food is great.

    The only problem is the US bases. They take up too much space.

    Posted in: Japan is looking to increase the number of annual tourists to 20 million by 2020. What suggestions do you have for this to happen?

  • 4

    BertieWooster

    Another four years of this!

    I'm out of here!

    Posted in: A look at what's at stake in Dec 14 election

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    What a creep! He finally gets to Fukushima, when he thinks it will get votes!

    Bigot!

    Posted in: Abe in Fukushima

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    To align Japan with the rest of the planet, how about putting in street names and numbers, so that people can find their way around?

    NOBODY understands the "chome/banchi" system.

    A taxi driver pulled up and asked me where Fukuzawa 3-chome was! Me, a goijin!

    And when we moved to Okinawa, I had phone calls from a removal company, and two delivery companies asking where our apartment was.

    Posted in: Japan is looking to increase the number of annual tourists to 20 million by 2020. What suggestions do you have for this to happen?

  • 7

    BertieWooster

    Well done for taking responsibility!

    Posted in: Japan starts chemical weapon destruction in China

  • -4

    BertieWooster

    Move the US bases out of Okinawa and build theme parks, hotels and tourist facilities. This would create 100,000s of thousands of jobs and boom the economy.

    Okinawa is perfect for tourism. It's already doing well. It could easily become the number one spot in Japan for tourism. Many people speak English here and are used to dealing with foreigners.

    Posted in: Japan is looking to increase the number of annual tourists to 20 million by 2020. What suggestions do you have for this to happen?

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Frungy, you were right. I have been accused of America-bashing.

    Ho hum!

    When students tell me how dangerous the US is - and I wish I had ten yen for every time I've been told that by a Japanese student - I tell them a story.

    One day I was stopped at a red light when a woman started across the road. Suddenly, she collapsed and fell. Her back arched and she had an epileptic fit. The guy walking behind her stepped over her body and carried on to the other side of the street. He must have noticed her because he stepped over her. He just didn't want to get involved. People after him helped her and she was OK, but it was very shocking to see someone ignore someone in distress like this.

    This wouldn't happen in the U.S.A.

    And I explain to students who are going to visit the U.S.A. that if they get in trouble and make a noise about it, someone will come to help. In that sense the U.S.A. is safer than Japan.

    On the other hand, there are the pysch related crimes. People on psych drugs or in the middle of mental "treatment" shooting up a bunch of people and then topping themselves.

    But people are individuals. There are really kind people and real bastards in any country.

    I have been accused of hating America before, yet I don't.

    I work with Americans and have many American friends and even a few American relatives.

    Posted in: What do Japanese college students think about U.S.?

  • -11

    BertieWooster

    Since Christmas is, by its very nature fake, a fake tree seems appropriate.

    What we celebrate as Christmas originates WAY before Christ. It was, apparently an ancient mid-winter festival. The Romans took it over and called it Saturnalia and then the Christians took it over to celebrate the birth of Christ (he was, so I'm told, born in September).

    The history of Santa is long and complex, beginning, perhaps with the old Norse God, Odin, influenced later by a Turkish Bishop and the ermine lined red suit and hat by Coca Cola.

    The traditional English feast was a hogshead, with an apple in its mouth and puddings and cakes made with dried fruit that becomes, in modern Japan, KFC and sponge cake with strawberries and fake cream.

    Why not a plastic tree?

    I think it's just right.

    Posted in: What’s better for the environment: a fake or real Christmas tree?

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