Under the Black Flag

Little Yellow Bastards

One of life’s safest bets is that, following a visit by a Japanese premier to the shrine that honors the nation’s war dead, a lot of Chinese megacrooks and inheritors of the greatest murderer of all time will cry foul, and lots of buffoons of the neocon and liberal persuasion over here will echo them.  One particularly mendacious fraud, Daniel Sneider, who titles himself “associate director of research at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University,” enlightened us by saying that the recent visit of Premier Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni Shrine is proof that the premier is still trying to push his patriotic remake of postwar Japan.

Oh dear!  Japan could be planning another Pearl Harbor!  The misleading and tendentious New York Times, of course, plays the visits up and never fails to mention Japanese war crimes in China and Manchuria.  The biggest war crimes of all—the dropping of two atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki—are never mentioned, nor is Curtis LeMay’s firebombing of Tokyo, which incinerated mostly old men, women, and children in the thousands.  They started it, and we finished it, say sofa samurai over on these shores, but I for one am convinced about who started the war, and it wasn’t Mr. Tojo or Mojo, or Hirohito, for that matter.  It was FDR, a liar and war criminal par excellence,...

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