Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bushido and Islamic Terrorists

The Japanese army in WW2 behaved as atrociously as the Islamic terrorists of today, although conditioned by the cult of Bushido rather than the religion of Islam. Luckily for the Islamic terrorists, we are not fighting them the way we did the Japanese. Yet.

Bushido
began as:

The traditional code of the Japanese samurai, stressing honor, self-discipline, bravery, and simple living.


Prior to WW2, the Japanese expansionist adapted the Bushido code to energize their armies.

They were indoctrinated from an early age to revere the Emperor as a living deity, and to see war as an act that could purify the self, the nation, and ultimately the whole world. Within this framework, the supreme sacrifice of life itself was regarded as the purest of accomplishments.
'Do not live in shame as a prisoner. Die, and leave no ignominious crime behind you.'

SUICIDE

Like the Islamic terrorists, Bushido exalted suicide. For example, after
losing his carrier at Midway:
Yamaguchi probably could have...put his talents back to use for the Japanese navy to fight another day, but that was not the Bushido way.

And the cult of suicide ran right to the end with the Kamikaze pilots idealized in
Empire of the Sun. About 1,900 dove to their deaths.

DECAPITATION

The Japanese were as obsessed with decapitation as the Islamic terrorists. Here are a few examples - if you have a strong stomach, read Russell's The Knights of Bushido.

decapitation

Malaya. Japanese troops decapitated 200 wounded Australians and Indians left behind when Australian troops withdrew through the jungle from Mar.

Philippines. The Bataan Death March -- 7,000 surrendered men died. Those that could not keep up the pace were clubbed, stabbed, shot, beheaded or buried alive.

CIVILIAN KILLING

Like the Islamic terrorists, the Japanese specialized in torturing and killing non-combatants.

Dutch Borneo. The entire white population of Balikpapan was executed.

Java. The entire white male population of Tjepu was executed. Women were raped.

Singapore. Japanese soldiers bayoneted 300 patients and staff of Alexandra military hospital. British women had their hands behind their backs and were repeatedly raped. All Chinese residents were interviewed and 5,000 selected for execution.


THE ALLIED RESPONSE TO BUSHIDO

The allied response was brutal.

- Japanese prisoners and wounded were routinely killed on the battlefield.
- Extensive use was made of flamethrowers.
- The British bayoneted Japanese at every opportunity.
- The US, with UK help, developed and dropped nuclear weapons on Japan.

None of these allied responses were pretty, but they worked.

When judging the comparatively restrained behavior of the allies in the Global War On Terror, critics should reflect on what will happen if we lose, and what we may yet may have to do to secure our liberties.