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#1 To look upon Mac's face would surely burn one same as the atom bomb for rven the Emperor bows to Mac...
Posted by 3dc 2010-04-27 00:58||
#2 In those days the West wasn't as squeamish about offending the enemy's religious sensitivities.
The Japanese Shintoists were forced to demote one of their gods. One of many gods admittedly but the one god who was politically relevant.
The message to the Shinto religion was: "BE a 'Religion of Peace', or else...!"
Posted by Ebbuns Lumumba7353 2010-04-27 06:44||
#3 I don't know that I have seen this news reel, great eagle, but I have certainly seen the footage before. And I will never forget how all the carnage ends with MacArthur's simple but elegant and sufficient statement that "These proceedings are closed."
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2010-04-27 07:13||
#4 "I'm always worried about using the word 'victory,' because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur."
Posted by Matt 2010-04-27 09:14||
#5 That was a major problem, because neither men could lose face by visiting the other, or it could restart the war. So it was arranged that both MacArthur (PBUH) and the Emperor would go for a walk in the same public park on the same day, both just happening to drag along dozens of subordinates, for a "chance" meeting.
It worked like a charm, and introductions were made among all the subordinates, stacks of documents were exchanged, and detailed plans were laid. And all the while, MacArthur (PBUH) and the Emperor chit chatted about what a lovely day it was.
And on that day, Japan, Inc. was born.
Posted by Anonymoose 2010-04-27 12:45||
#6 The only reason that Herohito and those generals were not hung was be because MacAurther and Truman were afraid of Red China and Russia. For you history buffs, read "Fly Boys" by James Bradley. It is a political as well as a war naritive. The data that it reveals is information that was only recently declassified. Imagine a culture where 90% of the culture act like the suicide bombers of today!
Posted by Oscar Flaiter2910 2010-04-27 17:24||
#7 MAC + others had long foreseen the threat of Stalin + USSR once the war was over. Iff the US-WEST wanted reliable allies agz Stalin, they couldn't destroy or change everything as per POST-SURRENDER JAPAN + GERMANY.
Pragmatically, the best Stalin could hope for agz Nazi Germany was strategic stalemate deep inside the sovereign territory of the USSR, wid prob LT "People's/Guerilla War" campaign being waged agz local Wehrmacht forces in occupation.
Theoretically, iff Japan had not attacked Pearl Harbor the bloody Soviet-German War on the Eastern Front could've lasted for a decade, perhaps DECADES?
STALIN himself had admitted to such, and also said that neither the Soviet Union, Britain, or the Nations of Europe - solely or in joint - could defeat Hitler + Nazi Germany, thus He + CHURCHILL were elated when JAPAN attacked Pearl Harbor in Dec 1941. However, CONSEQUENT US PARTICIPATION IN WW2, MIL ASSISTANCE IN THE SALVATION OF THE USSR + EVENTUAL MIL DEFEAT OF NAZI GERMANY DID NOT STOP STALIN FROM TRYING TO SPREAD COMMIE DOGMA AROUND WAR-RAVAGED EUROPE + ASIA, OR EVEN THE USA.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2010-04-27 20:15||
#8 Mac mad a statement in there about discharging his duties fairly but thoroughly or something like that. I understand the Japanese were quite relieved by that because they were having a hard time imagining receiving that kind of treatment since they were so ruthless to those the had conquered. One Japanese guy even said that he did not think they would have behaved in such a manner had they been the victor instead.
Posted by gorb 2010-04-27 22:10||