Deadly WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

roger hollander

Roger’s note: governments and media parrot the lie that such barbarism was “necessary” in order to save lives (sic).  I am sure Dante could find a special place in Hell for them.  I just want to point out the murderous cycle of capitalist war profiteering.  The same shareholders (of Dow Chemical, for example, the manufacturer of napalm gas) who finance and profit from the bloodbath fall in line to profit from the reconstruction.  We see this today in Iraq, where during the initial stages of reconstruction of areas annihilated by US bombing, only US firms were allowed to bid for reconstruction contracts.  As General Smedley Butler famously said, “War is a Racket.”


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3 thoughts on “Deadly WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

  1. This makes sobering reading, but I had already read a lot about these air raids on Japan previously.
    Unfortunately, I have to take another (less politically correct) stance I’m afraid. During the war with China, the Japanese Army murdered 300,000 civilians and prisoners of war in one city, Nanking, during a six-week reign of terror there. It is very possible that they killed in excess of a million Chinese during the eight years of occupation. This is from ‘alphahistory’;
    Japanese troops were notorious for their brutal treatment of civilians and military prisoners. The Japanese occupation of Nanjing from December 1937, later referred to as the ‘Rape of Nanjing’, is the most infamous example of Japanese brutality. Estimates suggest that the Japanese massacred 300,000 people while capturing the city, many of them civilians. Historian Jonathan Fenby describes the Rape of Nanjing as a uniquely “urban atrocity” because of “the way the Japanese went about their killing, the wanton individual cruelty, the reduction of the city’s inhabitants to the status of sub-humans who could be murdered, tortured and raped at will.” Thousands were buried alive, machine gunned or used for bayonet practice. Females were also taken and forced into labour as “comfort women”: sex slaves for Japanese officers and soldiers. The Japanese also conducted human experimentation in secret bases in China. Unit 731 in the country’s northeast was the largest biological and chemical warfare testing facility. There prisoners were injected with diseases like anthrax, smallpox, cholera, dysentery and typhoid. Other experiments studied the effects of food deprivation and extreme cold; amputation without anaesthesia; and the effects of chemical weapons and flamethrowers. The Japanese also air-bombed cities like Ningbo and Changde with fleas carrying bubonic plague. Vast swathes of China were decimated by Japan’s ‘scorched earth’ policy of “kill all, loot all, destroy all.” – See more at:
    Japan’s ambitions in Asia brought suffering to many countries in that region. Their treatment of civilians was shameful, as was their contempt for prisoners of war (including members of my own family).
    Two wrongs rarely make a right as they say, but on this occasion, I think that japan had to be stopped, by any and all means necessary.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I’m not sure I agree with you that any means to stop the Japanese had to be taken. The point, to me, is that no atrocity should be forgotten, no matter which ‘side’ these stemmed from. I didn’t know about the fire bombings so I was glad to see them mentioned on the news, which was what made me search for a post to re-blog. Night, night!


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