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Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 04, 2015 - 06:52PM JST
Hopefully Canada has learned from the mistakes of their cousins to the south. It would be pure folly to elect a young, inexperienced political naif to be Prime MInister. To make matters worse, he is the son of a former Prime Minister (Trudeau). In a strange way he combines the worst aspects of Obama with the nepotism of the Bush/Clinton dynasties in waiting.
Stick with Harper and keep the country on the right track.
Posted in: Canada PM triggers election with vote in October
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 04, 2015 - 06:43PM JST
What lingering issue, the issue that Korea is too embarrassed to thank Japan for contributing to their civilization and economic recovery, both pre and post WW2? Or perhaps their lingering reluctance to thank the US, Japan, and the other UN countries who saved them from communist domination in the 1950s...
Ungrateful, aren't they?
Posted in: Asia News Weekly - Lingering issues between South Korea and Japan
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 10:56PM JST
Well, Tina, here is one;
"The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated that an invasion of Japan’s home islands would result in approximately 1.2 million American casualties, with 267,000 deaths. A study performed by physicist William Shockley for the staff of Secretary of War Henry Stimson estimated that the invasion of Japan would cost 1.7-4 million American casualties, including 400,000-800,000 fatalities, and five to ten million Japanese deaths."
from Forbes Magazine.
As I said before, the Japanese military was storing and saving weapons and soldiers for the invasion. The Japanese armies in China were cut so that soldiers could go back to Japan. As well, all civilians from age 15 and up were drafted into a kind of civilian army, and given bamboo spears to attack Allied soldiers with.
Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 09:55PM JST
Steve, there is really no difference between being killed in a firebombing raid and killed in an atomic bombing raid. You are dead in both cases. As for the importance of the two cities, Hiroshima was an army HQ as well as a supply and logistics centre. Nagasaki was an important industrial centre, especially the huge Mitsubishi shipbuilding and arms factories, as well as a port.
There is no question that a longer war would have led to more civilian casualties. As it was, Japan only survived the winter of 1945-6 thanks to American supply and relief efforts..
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 09:30PM JST
Also, the shibboleth that Japan was a beaten nation should be carefully re-examined. It is true that by 1945 Japan lacked any offensive military capability. That did NOT mean, though, that Japan was defenceless. To the contrary, there were hundreds of thousands of armed and trained troops kept in Japan for the express purpose of repelling an Allied invasion (think D-Day on steroids). Also, there were 10,000 aircraft waiting for use as kamikazes, plus millions of civilians being organized into ad hoc home defense groups.
Estimates of Allied casualties were upwards of half a million. Japanese, up to 10 million.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 09:20PM JST
Again, the Japanese were attempting to NEGOTIATE through the Swiss. The Allies had agreed that there would be no negotiation. As usual, the Japanese cabinet was trying to dance around the turd without stepping in it. Nobody wanted to be the first one to actually say, "we give up". So instead, they were putting out feelers here and there, trying to read the wind, trying to possible secure some advantageous terms. None of which were possible. All it would have taken, even in April, would have been a simple "we surrender" message. particularly after Germany surrendered unconditionally in May of 1945, the Allies would have never been able to accept a negotiated settlement.
In short, the ball was 100% in Japan's court at that time. They were beaten, and knew it, but just couldn't bring themselves to actually say it. Maybe it was foolish pride, or Yamato spirit, but whatever the reason they couldn't make the right decision. And subsequently paid a terrible price.
Posted in: As A-bomb survivors age, Japanese pass storytelling to young
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 04:25PM JST
ASDF, what is the evidence that Japan was going to surrender?
To the contrary, the war faction of the Japanese cabinet was committed to the idea of fighting to the death, or at least bleeding the Allies so much that they could negotiate a surrender. You should look up the plans for "Operation Ketsu-Go", which was the Japanese plan to defend Honshu and Kyushu from an amphibious invasion. They had carefully husbanded resources and materiel, and were prepared to sacrifice 15 MILLION civilians in the slaughter. Consider that the Battle of Okinawa alone saw 70,000 Allied casualties, and over 200,000 Japanese dead. Multiply that by a factor of 50 for an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands and you can see what might have been. A bloodbath.
Again, it would have been easy for Japan to surrender. There were open diplomatic channels through neutral countries that the Japanese government chose not to use.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 02:11PM JST
Smith, by what evidence do you back up your claim that a continued conventional attack would have not possibly caused a single American loss? Each day the war continued, ALlied POWs were dying in the tender care of the Imperial Japanese Army. Each day the war continued, men became sick and died from myriad tropical diseases throughout the Pacific war theater, because Japan continued to fight.
Japan didn't "help" the continuation of the war- they chose it. And paid a terrible price.
Do you really imagine that, if Japan had accepted the terms of the Potsdam Declaration in July of 1945, the US would STILL have dropped atomic weapons in August? That is a ridiculous assertion, if you are suggesting it.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 01:57PM JST
ASDF, again the weasel words; "expressed willingness to surrender". Means nothing. It would have been simple for Japan to surrender. Send a representative to either the Swiss or Swedish embassies in Tokyo. Tell the Swiss or Swedish that Japan accepted the Potsdam Declaration and agreed to all its terms. The Swiss or Swedish contact their representatives in Washington. Bingo. War over, no atomic horror. Instead, they wasted time and wasted time and prevaricated and brought death upon themselves.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 01:15PM JST
Steve; As an alternative to using such horrible weapons, what do you suggest? A blockade would have killed millions of civilians, as would an invasion, as would continued conventional bombing. There were no good alternatives, only a "least bad" option that saved Allied lives and, in retrospect, also saved innumerable Japanese lives.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 01:11PM JST
Sorry, Darnname. "Started pursuing" is a weasel phrase that means nothing. Japan was getting its collective butt whipped. If they wanted to surrender, the onus was on them to shout it LOUD. As late as July 1945 President Truman warned Japan of "prompt and utter destruction" if they didn't surrender immediately. Instead, the Declaration was met with a combination of silence and defiance. If there is any blame to be levied, it is on the Imperial War Cabinet, which refused to recognize reality.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 12:35PM JST
The annual guilt-fest begins, I see. Here are the options as to how to end the War:
Option 1: blockade. Millions of Japanese starve slowly to death before the inevitable surrender.
Option 2; invasion. Millions of Japanese die in human wave attacks on the Allied invaders before the inevitable surrender. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers die.
Option 3: continued firebombing. Millions of Japanese burn to death as even more cities are torched before the inevitable surrender.
Option 4: "test bombings" in unpopulated areas. No guarantee that the people in power will see the demonstrations, or believe any reports from those who do. Plus, the US had only enough nuclear material for two bombs. The next weapons wouldn't be available for months. This would have been a huge gamble, and politically impossible to sell the Allied civilian populations.
By comparison, the atomic bombings are almost, dare I say, humane?
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 03, 2015 - 12:26PM JST
I'm also a bit alarmed at the hysterical reaction to this story. "Man kills lion" wouldn't gain any headlines. I really wonder why people are advocating long prison sentences, business devastation etc for someone who at worst committed a minor offence.
Plus, in all the chest beating and one upmanship demanding harsh punishment, a few things get lost. First, the dentist's patients. By all accounts he is a skilled surgeon. Shut down his business, and where do they go? Second, the dentist's employees. They are innocent bystanders that have been put on the sidewalk by the cyber-lynching of their employer. Finally, his family. Should THEY be victimized too? I think not.
Posted in: Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 02, 2015 - 11:08PM JST
Agreed. The western media are a bunch of feckless cowards. Completely unwilling to face the reality that they are ALL at risk from radical jihadism. How many mainstream groups published the much-maligned Muhammed cartoons? None. Only Charlie Hebdo, who took on the risk alone and paid the price. Even after that, how many outlets even bothered to show what Charlie had done to "provoke" such a response? Again, none. If 1,000 newspapers all agreed to publish at the same time, there would be no risk.
Posted in: Iraq's 'Jon Stewart' combats jihadists with laughs
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 02, 2015 - 07:24PM JST
Amidst the blockbuster deals for Price and Tulotwizki (sp), and the acquisition of Revere, Moony making the trip from Barfalo back to Hogtown is less than headline worthy.
Posted in: Blue Jays recall Kawasaki, option Tepera, cut 2 others
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 02, 2015 - 07:21PM JST
Cleo, bored rich people like Palmer also ensure the survival of species like lions and elephants. They support local businesses in countries where the local governments don't give a crap about preserving animals or their habitat.
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorAug. 02, 2015 - 07:18PM JST
Seriously, people, it's just a lion. Not an endangered species. Hunters like this dentist ensure that species like lions will be preserved in the future. They bring valuable dollars to countries like Zimbabwe that suffer terribly from mismanagement by kleptocratic governments. Do you think a thug like Mugabe cares about lions?
Also, there is no reason for a cyber lynch mob to hound him out of his home and his business, especially before he whole story comes out. People need to gain some perspective on what is really important.
Posted in: Conflicting reports over killing of Cecil the lion's 'brother'
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorFeb. 15, 2015 - 10:11PM JST
Sorry, Tigers,that isn't how free societies work. Terrorism existed long before any images of Mohammed were produced. They are not dependent on each other.
There are many reasons for satirical and insulting images to be created. Some are political, some are social, some are simply just for the sake of being rude. However, ALL are equally deserving of protection. The artists ALL deserve equal protection.
Posted in: Police kill suspect in 2 deadly shootings in Copenhagen
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 16, 2015 - 03:46PM JST
The easiest remedy for those who are offended by these kinds of images is a simple one: DON'T LOOK AT THEM.
The Pope is so wrong on this, as are the many others who are straw manning the idea of protecting free speech into the concept of "unlimited free speech". Few people are arguing for that. There are already many limits on speech, such as;
a/ incitement to violence
b/ criminal conspiracy
c/ breach of contract
d/ libel and slander
e/ uttering threats
None of these standards are disputed by even the most libertarian of free speechers. Simply being offended is part of the price of living in a pluralized democracy. Speech need not have any specific merit or public good behind it to deserve protection. It is overtly offensive and outrageous speech that needs protection the most of all.
Posted in: Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression
Vast Right-Wing ConspiratorJan. 14, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
IMHO one of the biggest problem is that followers of Islam first need to look inside themselves. What is being done in their name? How can they reconcile living in a secular democracy with being a 'good' Muslim? How can they reform their faith into something more compatible with 21st century values and human rights?
In truth, only a very small number of Muslims would ever perpetrate such attacks. However, A surprisingly large minority (in some countries majority) support the ideals behind them. Legal penalties for blasphemy, adultery, and the like. Death penalty for apostasy. Prison/death for gays. These are not radical positions at all within the Islamic faith. They are mainstream belief. And they need to be changed before any meaningful reform can happen.
Posted in: France declares war on terrorism after attacks
Aug. 05, 2015 - 08:55AM JST
Vandalism of hitchBOT would also happen in Japan as the recent incidents of vending machines are…
Posted in: The demise of hitchBOT: 'Bad things happen to good robots'
5 years ago I would be like. Of course, who other than Japan, one of the…
Posted in: Japan lab to handle deadliest viruses for first time
Aug. 05, 2015 - 08:51AM JST
7 Japanese customs that foreigners wish would just disappear
7 The mandatory hanko
6 The tattoo…
Posted in: 7 customs that Japanese people wish would just disappear
Aug. 05, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
Well, that's true but I think America would do much the same if a Japanese or…
Posted in: Flag return
Aug. 05, 2015 - 08:47AM JST
In fact I do. Perhaps you should read up a bit on current and past events.…
Posted in: 19-yr-old held for murder after body found following apartment fire