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 Posted: Fri Apr 30th, 2010 12:38 am
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Texas Defender

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Doc C-

  It can be truthfully said that race played a part in the fact that Americans in general felt a greater hatred for the Japanese than the Germans (Who looked more like us).

  It would also have to be said that a good deal of this feeling was generated by the fact that the Japanese attacked US, and that it was a sneak attack as well. (The Japanese had intended to declare war before the attack went in, but due to the incompetence of their embassy staff, the declaration came after the attack had begun).

  So now the Americans had to deal with a different race and an alien culture. The Bushido code considered surrender to be dishonorable, and those who surrendered to be dishonored. In addition, the Japanese never signed the Geneva Convention. Thus, mistreatment of Allied prisoners was a common practice. Something like 40% of US POWs in Japanese hands died, compared with less than 5% of those in German hands. (Though there were atrocities there as well).

  Because of their warrior culture, the Japanese fought with great fanaticism every step of the way. The concept of kamikaze attacks, for example, was foreign to our western culture, but it made perfect sense to the Japanese. The fact that suicide attacks took many thousands of American lives only fueled the hatred felt by our side. It made it much easier to justify a war of extermination against so: "Inhuman" an enemy.

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