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Poston Repatriating POWs in Europe and Asia (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 09/02/14 5:19 am)
Happy Labor Day!
I believe Eugenio Battaglia raised the issue of the millions of former USSR citizens (particularly Ukrainians) who fought for Nazi Germany and were condemned to death, when as POWs they were repatriated back to Stalin's brutal regime. This subject was not addressed by Randy Black's reply of 1 September. My question was why were those who collaborated with the Japanese treated differently from those who fought with Nazi Germany like the Ukrainians? Did the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have something to do with this leniency and over accommodation of oligarch-traitors?
Attached is a 1943 photo of Brig. Gen. Manuel A. Roxas in US Army uniform sitting beside Col. Nobuhiko Jimbo of the Japanese Imperial Army. Later Manuel A. Roxas and other oligarch-traitors would manipulate the April 1946 referendum and circumvent the people's decision to go back to a Philippine Commonwealth. Nothing short of an independent and sovereign Philippines would save them from going back to prison.
This is very relevant today. I for one applaud Pres. Obama's admission that the US does not have a plan on how to deal with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Remember in the 1980s, the US supported the Mujahideen fighting Soviet Russians occupying Afghanistan. One of them turned out to be Osama bin Laden.
If the US launches an airstrike or drone strike on ISIS forces, we ought to consider the possibility of ISIS retaliating by attacking the US homeland through the porous border in the south. Obama is not running for re-election anyway.
JE comments: Here is the photo:
The United States is launching airstrikes on ISIS/IS. Is there any chance of IS retaliating through the US border with Mexico? I strongly doubt it--too much surveillance and security. Any reprisals from IS would be on a target of opportunity, where it's least expected.
Yesterday's 75th anniversary of WWII should carry an asterisk: this refers to the war in Europe. The Pacific war began with Japan's 1937 invasion of China, and the ensuing atrocities committed there. It's possible even to trace the beginning back to Manchuria in 1931.
Philippines in 1946: Commonwealth or Independence?
(Francisco Ramirez, USA
09/03/14 2:20 AM)
A question for Bienvenido Macario (2 September): Where is the evidence that the people of the Philippines had decided to go back to a (US) Commonwealth? You have repeatedly made this claim, and I wonder if there is something you know that I do not.
What I do know is that after WWII, some of the collaborators were elected to the Senate in nation-wide elections, e.g. Laurel. So either the people were ignorant or did not see him as a collaborator who deserved to be imprisoned instead of in Congress.
JE comments: I share Francisco Ramírez's curiosity.