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TORTURE: We executed Japanese for torture

Recently I finished reading a deservedly popular book, “Unbroken,” chronicling, among other things, the inhumane treatment and torture of Allied prisoners in the Japanese prison camps of World War II. It was heartbreaking, to say the least, to read about those experiences.

I learned something new to me: The U.S. and other nations prosecuted a great number of the officials and guards of the camps for torture. Roughly 5,400 were tried and 4,400 convicted; 984 were given death sentences and 475 were given life sentences, with others receiving lesser sentences.

Needless to say, when the repatriated prisoners returned to the states, they had a

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IRAQ: What’s happening was easily predictable

I hate to say “I told you so,” but frankly I did. I predicted the same events for Iraq as happened in Vietnam: After the good guys leave, the bad guys move in and take over. Thousands of lives wasted, millions of men and women left with lifelong injuries – most physical, some mental.

When will the U.S. learn that this type of police action does not work?

Remember after we defeated Germany and Japan in World War II? To this day we have troops in those countries. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.


NSA: Hitler did have early computer access

Re: “Why so willing to give up freedoms?” (letter, 6-14).

The writer asks, “What would Hitler’s SS have done with a computing program . . . ” I’d like to call his attention to the book by Edwin Black, “IBM and the Holocaust” (Three Rivers Press, 2001). The book documents IBM’s contribution to the Nazis with its Dehomag Hollerith machine, an original punch-card capability used to find and isolate the Jewish populations of Europe. The machine was leased, not sold, to Germany.

Black is the son of Polish survivors of the Holocaust. He put a lot of research into

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PEARL HARBOR: Bremerton played important role

The front-page story (TNT, 12-7) about Pearl Harbor survivors being interred with their shipmates was an important tribute to the loyalty of those young men who served together 70 years ago.

While it in no way diminishes that fact, the print story contained an error that’s of special interest in the South Sound.

The story indicated that the battleships sunk in the Japanese attack were later cut up for scrap. In fact, all but the Arizona were re-floated, towed across the Pacific, and rebuilt (and modernized) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.

Those ships, later called by

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LOOKING BACK: Don’t perpetuate propaganda

We were both so glad to see such a well-written letter by the. Rev. Janet M. Leonard (TNT, 5-22) regarding the May 17 photograph of the four Japanese youth heading for an internment camp.

Imagine yourself being uprooted from your home, being able to take only a few thing that would fit into a suitcase and being moved hundreds of miles into a barbed-wire encampment. Would you be smiling?

If The News Tribune’s idea in printing this picture was to show a historical event, a shameful one at that, the very least you could have done is to have captioned

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