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PostCould the "Co-Prosperity Sphere" Have Been a Good Thing? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 02/09/19 1:36 pm)
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere "theoretically" and in peace could have been good. Trying to construct it during both conventional and guerrilla warfare was a different story. We will never know if there was good faith or not.
Communist guerrillas are generally the dominant type, as was the case in Southern Europe during WWII. They were supplied almost until the end by the Western Allies, who later changed their attitude in the final days with the Greek experience. The communists knew of the possibility of retaliation. While non-communist partisans tried to avoid retaliation, the communists created the most extreme situations possible, in order to provoke a retaliation that would create more hatred, as blood calls for blood.
A person can be communist and intelligent but not in good faith. Another can be communist and show good faith but not be intelligent. Finally a third person can be intelligent and show good faith but not be a communist.
JE comments: To anyone who wonders what the Co-Prosperity Sphere would have looked like, consider Nanjing. How much of the "rape" can be explained away by the ongoing war? Yet I will agree with Eugenio Battaglia that Peacetime "Co-Prosperity" is something we never had the chance to witness, except perhaps in Korea after 1910. Didn't the Japanese reduce the Koreans to slavery or close to it?