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America’s Hypocritical Bias

September 3, 2001


During this rapidly receding summer season, two events began unfolding on opposite ends of the globe.  Although both events should be treated equivalently, the United States, with unparalleled hypocrisy, once again is chosing to take the avenue of racial bias on a world scale. 

In Cleveland, Wasyl Krysa, an immigrant threatened with deportation, admitted that he was forced to serve the Nazis as concentration camp guard during World War II.  The Justice Department alleges that he assisted in atrocities in a concentration camp in Poland and lied about his wartime past when he applied for a U.S. a visa in 1951. 

Krysa, 75, a former machinist who lives in the Cleveland suburb of Brooklyn maintains that he and other young men in his Polish village were threatened with death if they refused to join the German army (much like the captured Russian soldiers conscripted into the German army under the threat of death and sent to defend the Normandy beaches against the allied invasion). 

The Office of Special Investigations, in a complaint filed in November 1999, alleges that on Nov. 4, 1943, Krysa was PRESENT at Poniatowa, a labor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, when 14,000 Jewish men, women and children were killed by German SS and police forces.                               

The United Sates Justice Department argues that the evidence is so strong that U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan should rule there is no need for a civil trial (which translates into no Constitutional Rights for the accused) and allow deportation proceedings to begin.  

It should be noted that Krysa, the accused, maintains that he rebelled against the Germans and ended the war in a German prison himself. 

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the globe, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's decision to visit the Yasukuni Shrine, a shrine that honors the hanged “leaders” (spell that WAR CRIMINALS) of World War II once again displayed Japan’s arrogance and complete denial of its atrocities. 

Fourteen of the top Japanese war leaders (criminals), seven of whom were hanged and seven who died in prison, are honored at the Yasukuni Shrine. 

While the U.S. government whistled Dixie and waited for the outrage to fade, Japan's Asian neighbors were outraged.  

"The Chinese government and people lodge their fierce anger and dissatisfaction," China's Foreign Ministry said.  

South Korea's government said it could not "find the words to express our concern that a Japanese prime minister would pay homage to war criminals."  

South Korea's ruling Millennium Democratic Party said the visit was like "throwing a dagger into Asian countries. The death knell has just rung for Japan's conscience."  

Activists in Hong Kong protested the visit.  

In Manila, Filipino women who were among the thousands forced to provide sexual services to the Japanese military during the war said the visit "honors Japanese soldiers who raped women."  

Earlier in the day, about 20 South Koreans cut off their fingers in public to protest Koizumi's planned visit. 

Singapore television interspersed its news with old film clips showing Imperial Japanese Army firing squads executing Asians and soldiers burying others alive.  

It is too overwhelming to even imagine the level of justified outrage that would ensue if the German’s erected a shrine to Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler, Eichmann, et al, let alone have the German Chancellor visit it.   

The simple truth is that while the United States Government zealously pursues fifth string bystanders to the Nazi atrocities committed against white Europeans, the lives of Asian war crime victims and Allied POW’s do not matter.  

More than 15 million civilians died from torture and neglect in China alone during the 14-year Japanese occupation that began with the 1931 takeover of Manchuria. 

The entire world has been educated about Auschwitz, but Unit 731 is the fodder of stylish cocktail party conversation and apparently the United States government is hoping it stays this way. 

Unit 731 was a special unit of the Japanese Army during World War II that conducted research in biological warfare. The unit was stationed in Harbin in occupied northern China. It murdered thousands of Chinese and Allied individuals in "experiments" that numb the brain with their brutality. 

Chinese and, possibly, Allied prisoners were exposed to plague bacteria and then, alive and without anesthesia, were cut open to see the effects.  Surgeons cut up healthy anesthetized prisoners for practice.  Doctors watched through glass, timing their convulsions, as women were gassed. 

There were no survivors. 

But that's not all. Unit 731 also dropped plague bombs on Chinese cities. In his 1994 book "Factory of Death," Sheldon H. Harris, a historian at California State University in Northridge, estimated that more than 200,000 Chinese were killed this way. 

The head of the Unit 731, Gen. Shiro Ishii, was never prosecuted. He died of cancer in 1959. Other officers in the unit “saw their careers flourish in the postwar period, rising to positions that included Governor of Tokyo, president of the Japan Medical Association and head of the Japan Olympic Committee.” 

The New York Times observed that, “The research was kept secret after the end of the war in part because the United States Army granted immunity from war crimes prosecution to the doctors in exchange for their data. Japanese and American documents show that the United States helped cover up the human experimentation. Instead of putting the ringleaders on trial, it gave them stipends.” 

Shame upon a United States that hypocritically pursues justice for white European war crime victims while it simultaneously jumps into bed with the criminals who killed tens of millions of innocent Asians, Allied POW’s and American citizens. 

The prevalent mindset of the Japanese people is best summarized by Ko Ikuta (only 40 years old and not even born during the war), "The other countries have a right to complain. But we don't have to obey them.” 

Strange that the Japanese told American soldiers as they were murdered during the Bataan Death March that, “There may be rules of the Geneva Convention but Japan didn’t sign and does not have to obey them.  Banzai!” 

Some people never learn.


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