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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Monday, 18 April 2005

I'm normally pretty pro-Japanese, but ...

... the Nipponese will have to recognise that glossing over their history is not something they can do in East Asia, with impunity. The 'massaging' of facts about the country's record during the 1930s and 1940s in school text-books is something I've heard about for years, specially when I lived in parts of what was once the 'Greater East-Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere', but still there are factions in Japan, and in the government too, which seem to think this re-writing of history is acceptable. Well, it is not! Of course it is frightening what the present troubles in China could escalate into, but there's an old saying: 'You reap what you sow'.
(I have no personal or family experience of Japanese brutality, but I have friends and parents of friends who most definitely have such memories, both Westerners and Chinese)

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