Friday, March 02, 2007

Prove it!

People with logically or morally or factually untrue arguments often demand proof when facts interfere. Proofs are for mathematicians and teachers of Euclidian geometry; with history we have to rely on a preponderance of evidence. A 99.99999+ probability is not proof and so people like Mel Gibson, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Arthur Butz can insist that Hitler's government didn't deliberately kill all those people because there's a 0.000000000000001% uncertainty about some detail.

The latest spokesman for evil to use such arguments to shrug off responsibility for the other holocaust: the brutal slaughter of millions and millions of civilians by the Imperial Japanese government in the 1930's and 40's is the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe who is seeking to reverse the tardy and horribly inadequate apology issued by that country to the approximately 200,000 women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army. There simply isn't any doubt that events such as the Rape of Nanking or the massive terror bombings or the live burials of hundreds of thousands of Chinese occurred, nor is there any doubt about the satanic prison camps or the testing of biological weapons on large Korean populations to study how quickly they would die. There is no doubt about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, yet the ultra-right revisionist government of Mr. Abe resists letting Japanese students know that any of it happened. Despite endless news reels, photos, documents, testimonies and piles of severed heads: "you can't prove it."

As though such blood curdling denials weren't enough, as though Abe's patriotic drum beating in Japan's schools weren't sufficient refuge for this scoundrel, he apparently feels that the fate of these women, many of whom did not survive incarceration in the Japanese "comfort stations" was their own fault.

"The fact is, there is no evidence to prove coercion"

Ya know the bitches wanted it. Frankly I find no evidence that Abe is worthy to breathe the air of our planet or that his government is worthy of existence, much less our loving support and adulation. This is the country that our administration would love to re-arm, the country that would love to and is working hard to make us an economic and cultural dependency. The rise of Japanese militancy under another right wing, aggressive and unrepentant government is an enormous threat to the world - even if you can't prove it.


Reign of Reason said...

I have to read more about this guy, Abe...

The right-wing "we can do know wrong" machine sounds like it is in full swing on the other side of the Pacific.

Capt. Fogg said...

We can do no wrong and we never did anything wrong and we will punish anyone who says we did. There has been a move for years to get the schools to teach the history of WW II and it has been squelched and put down by their militarists and right wing politicians - meanwhile shrines to some of the worst war criminals stand - and have been visited by Abe.

It may be apocryphal, but I hear of Japanese tourists showing up at the memorial in Pearl Harbor and not knowing what it's about.

d.K. said...

Interesting post. Other than the Bataan Death March, most of the history of World War II in Asia is glossed over in American history courses. I've also not seen any of this news concerning the current regime in Japan... I guess our eyes are on the Terrorism ball; at the expense of focusing on other contemporaneous terror.

Capt. Fogg said...

And the bridge over the river Kwai, of course.

The Chinese haven't forgotten, nor the Koreans or any other country overrun by the Japanese, whose atrocities sickened Hitler's observers for their sheer animalistic excess.

We've covered up for the Japanese for over 60 years. We punished very few of the worst war criminals and instead of hanging their version of Adolph Mengele, we hired him to teach us how to do it.

Why are we so in love with that police state with it's corrupt, racist and rapacious economy I don't know, but we are and we are encouraged to worship the mythology of their superiority to an extent I find nauseating.

Anonymous said...

I agree with DK, this is an interesting post. I actually knew a bit about this prior to reading what you wrote but it's one of those things that is not largely or thoroughly covered and you've done an excellent job summarizing. Well done.

But hey, you know the old phrase right? Those that forget history...

Capt. Fogg said...

I don't know who is worse, those who forget history, those who ignore it, those who deny it or those who invent it, but I don't have much faith in progress any more.

Thanks for the kudo.