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From: uminchu ( -
Subject: never again? already sequeled....(Re: It was 60 years ago today)
Date: January 3, 2006 at 11:50 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: It was 60 years ago today posted by Laura in Columbus on October 27, 2005 at 9:18 am:

Hi all,

I hate to present what may seem like an oversimplified statement in regards to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but I couldn't help but notice this thread as I wandered through these boards.

If I may go back further in time to April 1945 (april fool's day, to be exact), the invasion of Okinawa led to a twisted sort of math invasion which rationalized that dropping atomic bombs (on civilian cities, by the way, which is even more revolting than the idea of nuking military targets) would "save lives" --

mind you, the math equation only considered american lives worth saving....

--- and yet not only does Japan increase its nationalist attitude and increase in militarism (we're talking *extreme* right wing nationalism which finds it acceptable to whitewash sexual slavery of comfort women and downplay the rape of nanking in history textbooks)....

--- but now the US military attempts to subjugate and control a region of the world where it finds geopolitical value.

I'm sorry, but what about "never again" came true? US foreign policy and war still considers only American lives the ones worth keeping track of (i.e., "we don't do body counts"), and only considers american interests....over all the interests of all others, it seems.

hate to be a cynic, but you see, I'm from Okinawa and I know our fate is sealed. Never again? Our story has already repeated itself in Iraq, and I don't even want to drag you through recounts of the bitter experiences I've had with other activists who said they worked for peace but attacked me, my familia, and my history as "propaganda".

This brings me little comfort when I think of the Invasion of Okinawa, the impact upon our island communities, and the words, "never again".

Here's to better luck in 2006...

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