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Tag: World War II

April
2nd

WWII: Right wing blocks ‘Unbroken’ release in Japan

“Unbroken,” the film based on the true story of Louis Zamperini’s World War II experiences, includes his horrific treatment by the Japanese as a prisoner of war.

The treatment of Americans in their labor camps was beyond description. I can testify to the truth since I was a civilian teenager in a Japanese labor camps for three years myself and sustained bodily punishments.

The film distributor, Toho-Towa, has no plans for releasing this film in Nippon. Hiromichi Moteki, of the nationalist society for the dissemination of historical facts, stated that the film is “pure fabrication.”

It is apparent that we again deal here with fanatic Japanese right-wingers who deny

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Feb.
16th

WAR: Nazis, Japanese delivered death by air

Re: “History’s warriors often make little allowance for civilians” (TNT, 2-14).

The writer leaves out the architects of terror bombing from the air: the Nazi Germans and the Imperial Japanese Air force.

The Nazis’ air force pulverized cities across Europe. They started with Spanish towns, where hundreds of defenseless civilians were strafed and bombed. Then they bombed and burned Warsaw, Brussels, Coventry, London, Belfast, Belgrade and many Russian cities. Thousands of civilians died in the name of National Socialism conquest.

The Imperial Japanese air force terror bombed Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Chunking and Nanking. Thousands of civilians died in the name of

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Nov.
7th

VETERANS: Remember Armistice Day, too

Veteran’s Day is always a sad day for me. I am a veteran of World War II and appreciate a day set aside for the country to honor all those who have served this country. However, the date selected was formerly known as Armistice Day, a day to remember the doughboy of the Great War (later known as World War I).

My father was among the first to go to France and fought in every major battle during 1918. He never talked of his experiences – it was too painful – until late in life, but two of his statements

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June
24th

HISTORY: June 28 is a significant anniversary

June 28, this coming Saturday, is a very significant date in history. Exactly 100 years prior, in 1914, the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated while visiting Serbia.

Most historians believe this act started, or at least facilitated, a chain of events that led to World War I. Then, the conditions imposed upon Germany at the end of the war facilitated the Nazi rise to power and World War II, which in turn created the conditions for the Korean War, Vietnam and the Bosnian War of the 1990s.

And finally, one could argue that the carving up of the Turkish

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March
7th

MILITARY: Might hasn’t brought us peace

Re: “Obama’s cuts weaken defense” (letter, 3-6).

The writer calls for “peace through strength.” Does he mean peace like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan? Since when has our military strength, almost as great as the rest of the world’s combined, brought us peace? Since World War II it hasn’t brought us victory either unless you want to count Grenada.

Maybe we should try new tactics, like not dropping drones on innocents and not supporting dictators and rebels seeking to overthrow democracies. Our children aren’t likely to thank us for our wars since we’re leaving it to them to pay for

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Aug.
30th

MILITARY: We need to stop trying to police the world

At present more than 150,00 American troops are serving outside of our country. Where and why deserve some answers.

In addition to the endless war in Afghanistan, where 63,000 of our troops are trying to help people, many if not most of whom hate our very guts, another 100,00 of our finest are deployed all over the world.

If I remember correctly, World War II ended nearly 70 years ago in 1945, so why are 52,000 U.S. troops still in Japan, 45,000 in Germany, 10,000 in Italy, 10,000 in the U.K. and another 50,000 or so scattered around the world?

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April
26th

PROM: The year when prom was free

Re: “Prom as a budget buster” (editorial, 4-25).

The editorial cites a source saying that the average family of a 2012 graduate will spend $1,078 on prom expenses. The writer muses that those who recall more modest times are “old . . . Very old.”

I graduated in 1943. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Los Angeles School Board canceled all evening activities, citing the possibility of “blackouts.” By June 1943, there had been no “blackouts” for more than a year, but the rule prevailed.

Our “prom” was a noon sock-hop in the gym, followed by

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April
9th

WAR: “Winning” still dreadful

Re: “Sarajevo remembers, mourns Bosnian war” (TNT, 4-7).

This former Yugoslav city marked the 20th anniversary of another senseless and brutal war by leaving flowers and gifts on 11,541 red chairs lined up in the center of the city. That many souls were needlessly killed in this conflict that lasted longer than the epic siege of Leningrad in World War II.

To quote the Duke of Wellington, “The next dreadful thing to a battle lost is a battle won.” Another way of looking at it might be that you can no more win a war than you can win

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