In 1937, the official Japanese Army newspaper published the above report, with photos, as its soldiers advanced from the Chinese port of Shanghai to the inland capital of Nanking. There, it systematically murdered anywhere from 600,00of a “friendly competition” between two Japanese officers. The winner would be the first to behead 100 unarmed and tied up Chinese prisoners of war with a sword as their unit advanced from the port of Shanghai to the inland Chinese capital of Nanking.
On August 6, 1945, America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, we dropped another one on Nagasaki. Both bombs killed roughly 200,000 Japanese.
Every August, our newspapers and radio and TV news remind us of this.
However, they rarely mention that those two atomic bombs saved millions of other lives. This was far more than the 200,000 that were killed in those two cities. Many of those lives were saved because America ended the “forgotten Holocaust” in China.
Until those bombs were dropped, Japan was prepared to fight to the bitter end, just like Nazi Germany. Had they done so, the war against Japan would have dragged on for many more years. Millions of soldiers from Japan, China, and the United States, together with millions of unarmed men, women, and children in Japan, Japanese occupied lands in China, and Japanese occupied countries elsewhere in Asia would have also died.
Even worse, the news never tells us how America’s opposition to Japan’s “forgotten Holocaust” explains why Japan attacked us in the first place. Our schools and colleges never teach this to our children. There are few if any movies or documentaries about this on mainstream TV. Why?
Rescuers search for survivors from U.S. Battleships West Virginia and Tennessee in Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, Hawaii. A few hours earlier, Japanese war planes attacked America without warning, while their diplomats were having peace talks with us. Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in less than two hours.
Japan attacked us because we refused to sell them our oil.?? We stopped selling them oil because Japan had invaded China and Vietnam, and had brutally murdered more than a million unarmed men, women, and children there.
Four years earlier, in 1937, Japan invaded China. Japan’s rulers did so because they believed Japan had the right to rule over Asia, as Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy believed they had the right to rule over Europe.
When the Chinese fought back, the Japanese began a war of extermination similar to Hitler’s Nazi’s did to Jews in Europe.
In 1937, Japanese officers had competitions with each other over who could behead the most Chinese prisoners. The above photo was published in a Japanese army newspaper. It depicts the “winner” of one such competition proudly displaying the severed heads of his victims.
In December of 1937, the Japanese Army occupied the Chinese capital city of Nanking. The city was crowded with nearly a million residents, refugees, and Chinese soldiers who had surrendered.
A handful of Americans risked their lives to take these photographs and tell the world what the Japanese were doing in China.
While these atrocities were taking place, students throughout Japan were gathering to celebrate their nation’s “glorious” victory in Nanking.
For the next eight weeks, Japanese soldiers went on an eight week killing spree. They murdered anywhere from 300,000 to 600,000 Chinese men, women, and children with bullets, bayonets, and starvation. This was two to three times the number killed by America’s two atomic bombs.
One key witness to the atrocities was John Rabe, a German businessman and Nazi Party member. Because Nazi Germany had close ties to Japan, the Americans and other Europeans living in Nanking to chose him to represent the international community in meeting with Japanese army commanders. These westerners begged the Japanese to stop their soldiers from raping Chinese women and murdering unarmed Chinese civilians and prisoners of war. Rabe and the others also risked their lives to systematically document the atrocities with interviews, photographs, and motion pictures. Rabe wrote this account in his diary:
“On December 13, (1937), about 30 soldiers came to a Chinese house at No. 5 Hsing Lu Koo in the southeastern part of Nanking, and demanded entrance. The door was open by the landlord, a Mohammedan named Ha. They killed him immediately with a revolver and also Mrs. Ha, who knelt before them after Ha’s death, begging them not to kill anyone else. Mrs. Ha asked them why they killed her husband and they shot her. Mrs. Hsia was dragged out from under a table in the guest hall where she had tried to hide with her 1 year old baby. After being stripped and raped by one or more men, she was bayoneted in the chest, and then had a bottle thrust into her vagina. The baby was killed with a bayonet. Some soldiers then went to the next room, where Mrs. Hsia’s parents, aged 76 and 74, and her two daughters aged 16 and 14 [were]. They were about to rape the girls when the grandmother tried to protect them. The soldiers killed her with a revolver. The grandfather grasped the body of his wife and was killed. The two girls were then stripped, the elder being raped by 2–3 men, and the younger by 3. The older girl was stabbed afterwards and a cane was rammed in her vagina. The younger girl was bayoneted also but was spared the horrible treatment that had been meted out to her sister and mother. The soldiers then bayoneted another sister of between 7–8, who was also in the room. The last murders in the house were of Ha’s two children, aged 4 and 2 respectively. The older was bayoneted and the younger split down through the head with a sword.” Nanjing Massacre – Wikipedia
It is also told in the book Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang.
Iris Chang was born in Princeton, NJ.? She was viciously attacked by both Japanese and Communist Chinese for publishing this work, and died in 2004 after “sudden bouts of depression” at age 36.
Besides their mass murder of Chinese civilians and prisoners of war, Japanese soldiers raped roughly 20,000 women and young girls, before murdering most of them and mutilating their bodies.
Nazi Germany’s top diplomat in Nanking was so shocked that he urged Adolf Hitler to persuade the Japanese government to stop the murders.
Several Americans in Nanking risked their lives to protect as many Chinese as they could, take photographs, interview witnesses, and tell their story to the American people.
When they learned of these atrocities, many Americans became so angry, they organized a boycott of Japanese goods, and persuaded our government to stop selling oil to Japan until it ended its brutal occupation of China.
Japan refused. It instead expanded and intensified its mass murders of Chinese civilians. When the Chinese army counter-attacked in north, Japan implemented its barbaric “Three Alls Policy”. In early 1941, every Japanese soldier in China was ordered to “Kill all. Burn all. Loot all.” Roughly 2.7 million additional Chinese civilians were murdered pursuant to those orders. Later that year, Japan occupied Vietnam.
At that time, Japan had become an ally of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Communist Russia also formed an alliance with Nazi Germany. France had surrendered. The British were fighting alone for survival. Only the United States stood up to Japan. We refused to sell oil, rubber, steel, and other war material to Japan until in stopped its atrocities against China. Japan sent peace negotiators to Washington to discuss a settlement. On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked us without warning and without a declaration of war .
Why don’t our media, schools, and colleges tell this part of the story? Why do they only remind us that we dropped atomic bombs on Japan, without explaining what the Japanese did in China and how America was the only country in the world trying to stop them?
Is it because the Communist Regime in Russia waged a continuous psychological war against us since the 1920’s??? Is it because the Russians intensified that psychological war during the ?Cold War? of the 1950?s and 1960?s.
The goal of psychological war is to persuade your enemy not to resist your efforts to defeat it.?? This is done by persuading citizens of your enemy that their country is corrupt, violent, and evil, and not worth defending.
Many commentators, including former Russian agent Yuri Bezmenov, claimed that the Russians won their psychological war against us by the 1990?s.
They say Russia no longer needs much psychological warfare to destroy America, because America?s media, schools, and opinion makers are doing its job for them.
A common propaganda technique is “omission” This propaganda makes statements that are truthful. However, it is misleading because other important and relevant truth is left out.
For example, children in our public schools are repeatedly taught of that Americans did bad things Americans did in the past,. However, they are rarely, if ever taught of good things our country did. At the same time, Americans are told only of good things done by other nations in the past, especially by socialist nations or non-Christian nations. However, they are rarely, if ever taught of bad things done by them. Although no lies are told, this propaganda technique effectively distorts the perception of reality.
Or as the old proverb states, “A half truth is a whole lie”.
Please remember that this week, when you read or hear stories only about the “horrible” American atomic bombs used against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945– but not the forgotten Japanese Holocaust in China that led to it.
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