Gen. MacArthur "Japan fought for self-defense" - A message to Dennis Prager

  • 2011.07.12 Tuesday
  • 22:24
 

Dear Dennis

 

On Prager 20110623 -1 Pulling the Ripcord

 

You cited on your program last week General MacArthur's demand for invading China during Korean War and said it was no good.  I am not sure which side you are on - The idea of going after Red China which was a weaponry warehouse for North Korea was not good or Truman's decision to stop it was no good. 

 

Anyway, you should have gone deeper and address his motive and reasoning.  We, Japanese, of course, know why he wanted to go after China, because we had been there.  We were fighting communism for our self-defense.

 

Soon after MacArthur became the de facto ruler of Japan, he realized Japan's position.  He was in our shoes.  Only then, he realized what we felt - tide of danger coming toward the island nation from China and then from US, Brits, Netherlands, etc.. 

 

That's why MacArthur said what he said in congress as follows.

 

Senator HICKENLOOPER: Guestion No.5:Isn't your proposal for sea and air blockade of Red China the same strategy by which Americans achieved victory over the Japanese in the Pacific?

 

General MACARTHUR: Yes,sir.In the Pasific we bypassed them.We closed in. You must understand that Japan had an enormous population of nearly 80 million people,crowded into 4 islands.It was about half a farm population.The other half was engaged in industry.

 

Potentially the labor pool in Japan,both in quantity and quality,is as good as anything that I have ever known. Some place down the line they have discovered what you might call the dignity of labor, that men are happier when they are working and constructing than when they are idling.

 

This enormous capacity for work meant that they had to have something to work on.They built the factories, they had the labor,but they didn't have the basic materials.

 

There is practically nothing indigenous to Japan except the silkworm.

 

They lack cotton,they lack wool,they lack petoroleum products,they lack tin, they lack rubber,they lack a great many other things, all which was in the Asiatic basin.

 

They feared that if those supplies were cut off, there would be 10 to 12 million people unoccupied in Japan. Their purpose, therefore, in going to war was largely dictated by security.

 

 

Just for your information. 

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