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Japan Calls China "Voldemort", China Responds With "Darkest Devil"

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The war of words (and deeds) is once again escalating between China and Japan. As we detailed last night, this has been a long time coming and as Reuters reports today took a further turn for the worse. In an op-ed in Britain's Daily Telegraph, the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, wrote last week: "If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation's soul." Liu's commentary was followed by another published on Sunday by his Japanese counterpart, Keiichi Hayashi, in the same newspaper, headlined: "China risks becoming Asia's Voldemort". As was noted, "Five thousand years of traditional virtues have been turned into this?"


Via Reuters,

China lambasted Japan on Tuesday for comparing it to Lord Voldemort, the villain in the Harry Potter stories, after both countries used the character to describe each other in a tit-for-tat diplomatic spat.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's December 26 visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals are enshrined along with other war dead, infuriated China and South Korea and prompted concern from the United States, a key ally.


Both China and Korea suffered under brutal Japanese rule, with parts of China occupied in the 1930s and Korea colonized from 1910 to 1945.


In an op-ed in Britain's Daily Telegraph, the Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, wrote last week: "If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation's soul."




Liu's commentary was followed by another published on Sunday by his Japanese counterpart, Keiichi Hayashi, in the same newspaper, headlined: "China risks becoming Asia's Voldemort".




"I would like to point out that, to Asia and countries in other regions of the world, militaristic invasion is the darkest devil in the history of Japan," Hua said at a daily news briefing, according to a transcript posted on the foreign ministry's website.


the People's Daily, said the "Sino-Japanese war of public opinion is facing an escalation on all fronts".


"We need to make our demands simple and clear, that is, the Japanese prime minister cannot visit the war criminals in Yasukuni because it is equivalent to paying homage to criminals like Hitler and Goebbels," the newspaper said, referring to the leaders of Nazi Germany.




"Five thousand years of traditional virtues have been turned into this?" wrote another microblogger.


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Wed, 01/08/2014 - 09:59 | 4311162 Iocosus
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Who's gonna be the Franz Ferdinand?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:11 | 4311197 kridkrid
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And be creative. A highranking US official, with a drone strike, in the heartland. That would get the party started, no?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:13 | 4311204 chumbawamba
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Sushi v. Chow Mein!

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:19 | 4311221 Flakmeister
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When the time comes will Colonel Saunders be up to the task of taking on General Tso??

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:32 | 4311486 Boris Alatovkrap
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Japan to China: Yu aru meiku Japan beri beri anguri!

China to Japan: Wai yu no laiku China?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:51 | 4311338 Silver Sativa
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Dats racist.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:53 | 4311347 DaveyJones
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oh, oh, I wanna be Cho Chang


Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:12 | 4311199 Stackers
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but my thermonuclear device will incinerate you

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:33 | 4311492 Boris Alatovkrap
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Like Tepco Dai Ichi Reactor.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:15 | 4311207 He_Who Carried ...
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I am glad there is a little water separating these nutters....

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:28 | 4311257 Temporalist
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You mean that irradiated Fukumisha fallout water?  Think nothing of it.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:48 | 4311327 DaveyJones
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funny, those don't look like breast implants...

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 14:45 | 4315284 He_Who Carried ...
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Corrrecto, so sorry for you...

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:31 | 4311265 y3maxx
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...Japan's Royal familiy will be the Franz Ferdinand/Black Swan.
With inevitable closing down of their exports due to Fukushima radiation and no Natural Resources, Japan with nothing to lose, presses the button.
...Plus it still uses horse and carriages for public Royal events so pick Your Royal for Martyrdom.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:47 | 4311808 Freddie
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If you want racism, real hatred, blood feuds and environmental devastation - it is hard to beat the Asians.  The Chinese and Japanese really lead the world in this area.  What the Japanese Army did in Asia in their quest for gold and riches pre-WW2 was horriffic.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:11 | 4311917 Flakmeister
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Yeah, the Nazi's couldn't touch that...



Edit: I'll look around for an image of St. Ronnie laying wreaths in the Bitburg cemetary, you know, the one with no few members of the SS buried there...

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:00 | 4311164 Flakmeister
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I'll worry when they start using Pokemon references, that'll mean shit is getting real...

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:21 | 4311231 shovelhead
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Mention Godzilla and everything goes tits up.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:19 | 4311449 secured_party-c...
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WTF..... hilarious

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:01 | 4311167 RealityCheque
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I've got 100 quatloos on China turning Japan into a smoking hole before 2050 (if fukushima doesn't get there first)

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:01 | 4311168 Shizzmoney
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how gay

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:05 | 4311173 JustObserving
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China Responds With "Darkest Devil"

That is so racist.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:30 | 4313602 StychoKiller
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China:  "Abe's got cooties!"

Japan:  "Yeah, well Xi picks his nose and EATS IT!"

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:07 | 4311180 Sofa King Confused
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Let's get this party started already.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:07 | 4311181 Dan The Man
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LLllettt's Get Reeaaaddyy To Rrrummbblllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllee

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:27 | 4311252 edotabin
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There, fixed it.

P.S. Cheap shot, I know but I couldn't resist. Just good, clean fun :-)

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:21 | 4311232 Farside
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You are!

No, You are!


Well my dad (usa) has big muscles

Well MY dad (russia) has big muscles and rides on a horse without a shirt on!!

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:28 | 4311258 MillionDollarBoner_
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Its City Wok v City Sushi all over again :O)

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:33 | 4311269 g speed
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They are following the MacNamara path step for step, rational to a fault. --the military industral complex must be pleased to say the least--- what could possibly go wrong because we know everything about war ends well -----by the way can military build up be considerd a bubble?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:33 | 4311272 marcusfenix
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so where is ww3 going to kick off exactly?

the MENA? Asia? eastern Europe?

the Antarctic?

so many hotspots right now.

anybody know if Vegas is running a line on this?

cause I want to get in on that action, gives a whole new meaning to "place your final bets"...



Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:12 | 4311423 mick_richfield
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I think it will be Antarctica.  

It will have to start there, because pretty soon every ship from every navy in the world will be stuck in the damn ice down there, after all trying to rescue each other.



Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:26 | 4311701 forwardho
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Thanks Bro, that was good for a laugh!

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:37 | 4311290 Spungo
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War in Antarctica would be interesting.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:58 | 4311364 Sudden Debt
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they can have it

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:34 | 4313620 StychoKiller
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The MSM is trying to get a statement from the Antartic Emperor (penguin, that is!)

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:45 | 4311321 ElvisDog
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I can't believe how stupid this is - World leaders of major countries making pop-culture references to a children's book. We truly are devolving into a pathetic species.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:58 | 4311367 Spastica Rex
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They could have at least used Tolkien references - Sauron, the One Ring, "Ash nazg durbatulûk," etc.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:28 | 4311478 marcusfenix
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ahh yes, the Black Speech.

the official language of Washington DC.

on a related subject did you see that they are going to put a statue of Satan in the capitol building in Oklahoma?

pentagrams, an evil looking throne and two little kids smiling up at him...

soon they will be re-modeling the Washington monument after Barad-dur.

welcome to the untied states of mordor.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:16 | 4311647 Spastica Rex
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on a related subject did you see that they are going to put a statue of Satan in the capitol building in Oklahoma?


I'm OK with it, as long as they also put up a statue of the Invisible Pink Unicorn, and another one depicting Our Lady of Medjugorje (I'm Catholic).

Fair and balanced!



Another statue of Moroni handing the golden plates to Joseph Smith should probably be included as well.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:24 | 4311689 kridkrid
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one member of some cult didn't find your post very funny.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:57 | 4311844 Spastica Rex
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Our civic buildings need to be rebuilt with awe-inspiring rotundas, all filled with the idols we worship - gods in alchoves.

edit: A kneeling Atlas holding a globe needs to go in one of those alchoves.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:12 | 4311940 Spastica Rex
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I did not know that the statue predated St. Ayn.

Boy, that modernist design sure gets the fascist blood surging!


Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:27 | 4312202 Flakmeister
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Seems you got junked for taking the Lords's name in vain...

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:15 | 4311948 James-Morrison
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Don't forget statues of Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty, and the Tooth Fairy.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:44 | 4312045 Cthonic
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Throw some winsome goddess statues into the mix: Belit, Isis, Ceres, Aphrodites, Innana, Ishtar, Shakti, Astarte, Var, Ydun, Sif , Hecate, Stimula ... though especially any patron dieties of prostitutes, more fitting for the location.


Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:50 | 4311334 Chaos_Theory
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I guess in this version Japan is Serbia, antagonizing their Austro-Hungary Hapsburg Empire neighbor (China, although in terms of national power they more resemble Imperial Germany and the U.S. resembles Great Britain, weary of the rising power of the Germans). 

Side note:  now I understand all those goofy Aseans and white chubby 'Mericans wearing stupid Harry Potter gear at the World of Harry Potter area at Universal in Orlando last month. 

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:59 | 4311370 laosuwan
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Tell it to the Tibetans.


Who is threatening war with Taiwan and Phillipines? Who also invaded Vietnam? China is so hypocritical. Always blabbering about other countries meddling in its internal affairs then it turns around and tells the Japanese PM where he can and cannot go in his own country.


Who cares if there are some war criminals among the others in the shrine? They are dead. Japan lost the war. They are not claiming the entire China sea as their exclusive territory, China is.


China needs to stop hassling everybody now that it has a bunch of dollars to buy battleships and feed its people, clean up its pollution, stop slaughtering endangered animals all over the world so it can make erectile dysfunction treatments for its men, and live without bullying its neighbors. Japan has been through enough: it got nuclear bombs dropped on it, its been occupied by the US, its suffered earthquakes and tsunamis, its got to deal with a 20 year long recession, Fukishima, and radioactive squid.


Come on China, give the world and Japan a break. Grow some compasion for others, won't ya?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:15 | 4311433 Mitzibitzi
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"Come on China, give the world and Japan a break. Grow some compasion for others, won't ya?"

"Depend on whether survey find oil under islands. If oil, Japan bad foreign devil, enemy to China! If no oil, Japan good friend and will collaborate to level island, build golf course! And what it to you, round eye foreign devil?"

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:18 | 4311441 Kayman
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A pox on both their houses. Japan still whitewashes its dirty deeds in China and Korea.

And tell me again... what country transferred its manufacturing to China, free of charge? What the fuck did our fearless leaders think was going to happen when the Chinese grew some economic muscle ?  Forgive and forget ? 

China has been a dictatorship its entire history and that is NEVER going to change.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:27 | 4313589 laosuwan
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all true. it was an act of suicide (or treason?) to move manufacturing to china. but the lure of all those billion consumers to buy the products some day was too much. That and the money the politicians made. i remember reading that george bush senior was making a few million a year "consulting" in china. I remember thinking back then, how are they going to get their profits out of china? Never thought those big companies would get a penny from their investment repatriated.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:50 | 4311820 Freddie
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Didn't China get their as kicked when they went into Vietnam after America left?  I think that lasted a couple of months.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:24 | 4313570 laosuwan
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the chinese got stung badly.


and it was went back in to vietnam, not went in. the le frogs cicked them out. vietnamese are tough and tenacious

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:52 | 4312336 Joenobody12
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Either you are Japanese or you are very stupid and shoot off your mouth without research anything.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:32 | 4313556 laosuwan
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At least I include some content in my comments before clicking save

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:05 | 4311390 mick_richfield
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I truly, madly, deeply do not want a war between two nuclear powers to break out with both sides using propaganda imagery from Harry Frikking Potter.

I really, really don't.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:14 | 4311431 secured_party-c...
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Like a South Park Episode... lol

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:21 | 4311671 forwardho
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Agree, I can see it now...

One of these highly literate diplomats is going to loose his cool and refer to the citizens of the opposing country as...Muggles. Then, watch out, the majic wands and incantations will be brought to bare.

When world leaders begin using threats from a fantasy book read by 12 yr olds we are f-cking doomed.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:20 | 4311962 James-Morrison
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I'm sure JK Rowling won't mind, as long as she collects royalties...

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:41 | 4313646 StychoKiller
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Explodo Nukleonixs!

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 22:06 | 4317953 TheGrandChessboard
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Why not Japan doesn't have any nukes and china doesn't have a first strike policy. I want ww3 for the nukes to go off and billions of turds to be wiped out, death to humans

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:06 | 4311397 laosuwan
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China launches first willing manned mission into space...

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:07 | 4311400 shepherd
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Mao killed more than Hitler, you chinese clowns.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:28 | 4312207 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Hitler made quality kills.

Quality pwns Quantity.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:09 | 4311411 Bastiat
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China at least applied the analogy with some care and intelligence:  militarism is the Voldemort and the shrine is the horcrux.  Japan's response is down there with Yo Mama--DoubleVoldemort on you!  China 1, Japan -1.   

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:11 | 4311417 laosuwan
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China celebrates its status as world's number one polluter: says will increase pollution levels as necessary to remain relevant on the world stage



Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:23 | 4311461 Kayman
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Maybe the US ought to impose a pollution tax on Chinese imports to partly level the playing field for U.S citizens. 

Silly me... I forgot all the Chinese "contributions" to American politicians, former and current.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:17 | 4311951 Cthonic
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I used to enjoy their parodies, but now the Onion is more truthful than NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, or FOX will ever be.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 20:20 | 4313542 laosuwan
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Sadly, you are absolutely right. but the videos are still funny to watch. my all time favoirte is the ninja parade

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:49 | 4312316 Joenobody12
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Nothing compares with the pollution of the world by the Fukushima fuck up and that will last for as long as you and your granskids live. Pretend it isnt so.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:49 | 4311543 Handful of Dust
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Ahhhh sooooo.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:40 | 4311768 Joebloinvestor
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What is Chinease for "poisoner of oceans"?

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:12 | 4311921 Vuke
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Thanks, Google. Mind you, that's Chinese traditional.  Simplified it's ????

Hard to discern the difference but that's a Chinese thing.

Hmmm. Doesn't want to display.  Must be a Japanese trojan on ZH.


Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:49 | 4312068 pupdog1
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For a good reminder of why a re-militarized Japan isn't such a hot idea, watch the excellent period movie John Rabe (Netflix streaming).

It's about a German industrialist who protected Chinese residents of Nanking from the invading Japanese.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:53 | 4312075 pupdog1
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Tell Obama to send Joe Biden in to mediate with both sides.

Soon, the Chinese and the Japs will both be laughing so hard that they won't even remember what the fuss was all about.

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 13:56 | 4312091 teslaberry
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japan got off at the end of world war 2 with a spank from the united states. the endless recriminations amongst western liberals about the united states' unnecessary bombing of japan are a joke. 

sure they were unnecessary  of course they were. the end of world war 2 was the beginning of the cold war. it's not as if we nuked japan to punish them . why would the united states punish japan for having barely done anything to the u.s in world war 2. 

yes, 100k americans died in the pacific, but that's not only not many soldiers, but almost no american lives were lost on american soil due to the japanese other than some in pearl harbor, which the historical shows was actually a bait trap by the u.s. to lure japan in playing itself up as an enemy requiring combat for propogandizing the u.s. public to support the war. 

japan was nuked to show russia not fuck with the u.s. plain and simple. it was nuked a second time as a bluff . to show that it wasn't just a test. 

meanwhile, the japanese should thank us for nuking them. short of nuclear pinpoint genocides which killed fewer people than the fire bombing of tokyo or dresden-------the u..s likely would have had to do far worse damage to mainland japan in order to demostrate post war dominance. if it had been up to the russians, let alone the chinese, japan would have been thoroughly looted and destroyed post war. if not for the u.s. nuclear umbrella and pacific fleet------korea and most of japan might be speaking chinese and russian today, just like they do in mongolia. 

if you have read about world war 2 and post war era in the 40's and 50's inclusive of the korean conflict, and the near escalation of the taiwan conflict into an american nuclear bombing of china---------then you will realize not only am i correct in this assement. but that it very much remains a possibility in the future after the next set of wars. japan is VERY  vulnerable not only to its own demographic and self irradiation policies----policies which cannot be corrected as quickly as debasement----but japan is very much vulnerable to chinese and russian destruction. and thus---will continue to remain a vassal state ---a dog on a leash----held by the united states. 


semper fi bitches!!!!

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 15:24 | 4312493 the grateful un...
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compared to Europe the last two thousand years Asia has been a Buddhist monastery. then Perry (forciably) opened Japan to trade, but it was really WW2 that sealed the deal. war is just what friends do to friends. if you really hate some other nation, just ignore them (like Russia)

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 02:40 | 4314546 Joe A
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Can't they be more creative? Don't they have some more interesting legends there than Tolkien's stories?

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