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@Elaine,

To actually win the war, without surrender, the Russians and other Allies would both have needed to invade Japan as they had done in Germany and that would/could ? have cost a great many lives.

False dichotomy. No invasion was needed. Russian invasion of Manchuria had already forced Japan to surrender. 

Additionally, General Douglas MacArthur saw no justification for the dropping of the bomb. The war might have ended weeks earlier, he said, if the United States had agreed, as it later did anyway, to the retention of the institution of the emperor.

As for the generals......They could speculate, and only speculate, on the true reasoning behind the bombings

Factually incorrect. Brigadier General Carter Clarke was the military intelligence officer in charge of preparing intercepted Japanese cables - the MAGIC summaries - for Harry Truman and his advisors. 

The argument you are using is also speculation

Incorrect. It remains a fact that hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were targeted for slaughter with nuclear weapons. 

To say that the bombings were a cynical live human experiment is an absolutely, extraordinary statement that requires extraordinary proof. Without such proof, it is just another historical conspiracy theory.

I find your opinion unconvincing. I place greater value on the six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of civilians was an unnecessary atrocity. As Brig. General Carter Clarke stated: "..we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs."

In relation to this matter I direct your attention to the following link:

https://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/a-canadian-in-hiroshima

Truman's Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission studied Hiroshima victims without providing ANY substantive medical care. Koreans and Japanese were treated like lab rats. As the ABCC wikipedia page states: "The ABCC did not actually treat the survivors they studied, they just studied them over periods of time."

Your opinion that nuking civilians is justified because it may have "saved lives" requires extraordinary proof. Otherwise, anyone can justify nuking civilians during a conflict by claiming it "saved lives".

Without such proof, your opinion is just another historical conspiracy theory.

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@Elaine,

we will never know what the death counts would have been if the war had raged on. 

Speculation is irrelevant as Russian invasion ended the war. Nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki was simply a cynical live human experiment on hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. 

https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

we will never know whether they made the right or the wrong decision when they dropped the bombs.

I find your opinion unconvincing. I place greater value on the six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was totally unnecessary.

As Brig. General Carter Clarke stated:

"... .we Brought them [the Japanese] down to an abject surrender through the accelerated sinking of their merchant marine and hunger alone, and when we did not need to do it, and we knew we didn't need to do it, and they knew that we knew we didn't need to do it, we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs. "

The generals you are quoting were (personally, or, as a group) responsible for guessing and deciding what to do ... 

Incorrect. The decision to use nuclear weapons on civilians was made by Truman and his Interim Committee.

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

BTS should apologise to Japan and Nazi victims of the Holocaust says human rights organization The Simon Wiesenthal Center:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/nov/12/bts-should-apologise-to-japan-nazi-victims-says-rabbi-atomic-bomb

> "Wearing a T-shirt in Japan mocking the victims of the … A-bomb, is just the latest incident of this band mocking the past,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Los Angeles-based centre, said in a statement.

Cooper referred to the release in early 2015 of teasers for a photo-book that showed a member of the band wearing a hat featuring the symbol of the Death’s Head Units – SS organisations that administered the Nazi concentration camps.

The statement also linked to images of band members posing at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin and to footage of them waving large flags on stage that were “eerily similar” to the Nazi swastika.

“It goes without saying that this group, which was invited to speak at the UN, owes the people of Japan and the victims of the Nazism an apology,” Cooper said.

“But that is not enough. It is clear that those designing and promoting this group’s career are too comfortable with denigrating the memory of the past. The result is that young generations in Korea and around the world are more likely to identify bigotry and intolerance as being ‘cool’ and help erase the lessons of history. The management of this group, not only the front performers, should publicly apologise."

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@Elaine

As for the quagmire of moral questions that will, forever, be associated with the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

There is no quagmire. Nuking hundreds of thousands of women and children is morally repugnant. 

As the 31st President of the United States wrote in August, 1945: "The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul."

I think that the Americans and Allies were most desperate for a winning strategy that didn't involve a costly invasion...it could have been interminable and truly horrific struggle for everyone.

I find your attempts to justify nuking civilians unconvincing. I place greater value on the six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was totally unnecessary.

The words of Fleet Admiral Leahy:

".....the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan......in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make wars in that fashion, and that wars cannot be won by destroying women and children."

-Fleet Admiral Leahy

It clouds the full picture, while shutting down and shaming people who want us all to remember and talk about the lessons of the past

No one is shutting you down from writing your opinion. You are free to make whatever statements you please. However, freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences and criticism.

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@Elaine Carlton

The t-shirt shows one of the mushroom clouds that ended the war in the Pacific;.....

Russian invasion ended the war in the Pacific. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were simply cynical live human experiments on innocent civilians.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

...putting a stop to the needless slaughter.

A laughable ex-post facto rationalization by the very same people trying to justify the war crime of genocidally slaughtering hundreds of thousands of women and children with nukes.

As the historical record shows, six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was unnecessary.

As Brig. General Carter Clarke stated:

"... .we Brought them [the Japanese] down to an abject surrender through the accelerated sinking of their merchant marine and hunger alone, and when we did not need to do it, and we knew we didn't need to do it, and they knew that we knew we didn't need to do it, we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs. "

... while I was preparing a Rememberance Day lesson for my class. 

I pity your students. You should reflect on the true meaning of Remembrance Day. It is not about promoting war propaganda and celebrating the mass murder of civilians.

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Look at the state of the guy in the photo. Hardly someone to aspire to be like.

Exactly.

Japan does not need another cancer causing substance pushed on the public. The wreath of carcinogenic smoke encircling his head says it all.

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Mindless destruction and a complete lack of respect for the private property of others. Unfortunate this crass part of American "culture" has entered Japan. 

In 1950...facilities were built for U.S. military personnel after World War II....Foreign customers who lived in the area began asking about how they could get their hands on Halloween items.

Halloween: A useless contribution from U.S. military occupation.

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That's how Stalin's Russia operated. 

No. That's always how America's film industry has acted.

Fatty Arbuckle's scandal/blacklisting almost 100 years ago and the McCarthy inspired Hollywood witch-hunts of the 1950s illustrates this fact.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roscoe_Arbuckle#Scandal

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

@FizzBit,

Not unconditionally.

Surrender was never truly unconditional as the U.S. cynically changed the surrender offer after nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

When the surrender did come, it was conditional, and the condition was a continuation of the imperial reign.

It was not until August 11, 1945 that the Allied response regarding surrender referred to the Emperor's continuing role in Japanese government and made it conditional to the authority of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers.

The response states:

"the authority of the Emperor and the Japanese Government to rule the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander of the Allied powers"

Sec. of War Stimson later explained,

"the Allied reply... implicitly recognized the Emperor's position by prescribing that his power must be subject to the orders of the Allied supreme commander".

This conditional surrender offer to keep the Emperor was only made after nuking civilian targets.

The Japanese government correctly interpreted this and other statements in the Allied surrender terms to mean that the Emperor could be retained. On August 14 the Emperor told Japan's cabinet,

"I have studied the Allied reply and concluded that it virtually acknowledges the position of our note [requesting the Emperor's retention] sent a few days ago. I find it quite acceptable."

According to Under Secretary of State, Joseph Grew:

"...in the light of available evidence I myself and others felt that if such a categorical statement about the [retention of the] dynasty had been issued in May, 1945, the surrender-minded elements in the [Japanese] Government might well have been afforded by such a statement a valid reason and the necessary strength to come to an early clearcut decision....If surrender could have been brought about in May, 1945, or even in June or July, before the entrance of Soviet Russia into the [Pacific] war and the use of the atomic bomb, the world would have been the gainer."

MacArthur biographer William Manchester has described MacArthur's reaction to the issuance by the Allies of the Potsdam Proclamation to Japan:

> "...the Potsdam declaration in July, demand[ed] that Japan surrender unconditionally or face 'prompt and utter destruction.' MacArthur was appalled. He knew that the Japanese would never renounce their emperor, and that without him an orderly transition to peace would be impossible anyhow, because his people would never submit to Allied occupation unless he ordered it. Ironically, when the surrender did come, it was conditional, and the condition was a continuation of the imperial reign.

Norman Cousins was a consultant to General MacArthur during the American occupation of Japan. Cousins writes of his conversations with MacArthur,

"He replied that he saw no military justification for the dropping of the bomb. The war might have ended weeks earlier, he said, if the United States had agreed, as it later did anyway, to the retention of the institution of the emperor."

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@Bill Murphy

As I wrote earlier, no one knows why he chucked BEFORE the filming. Please don’t pretend again that you know.

No one is pretending to know what exactly set him off. However, giggling on camera before announcing a mass slaughter with nuclear weapons is indicative of his mentality. Harry S Truman's feeble-minded racist statements and religious delusions quoted in my previous post reinforce these conclusions.

Best, as you might have it or biggest as I take it.

Truman was not one to mince words. It is likely he said "greatest" because he meant it. If he had "biggest" in mind he would have said it.

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With the Soviets there and the U.S. attacking from the South Pacific, and the person they'd hoped could mediate for them now an enemy, all Japan's options evaporated in one moment. And it had little to do with either nuclear bomb.

But the nukes as the decisive factor in the story remain convenient for both Japan and the U.S.--for the U.S. to minimize Soviet influence and justify guilt over using such terrible weapons,...

@Fouxdefa,

Excellent post. This article provides further background.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/

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@Bill Murphy

However, Truman did this BEFORE his speech. I think it’s safe to assume that something was said to him shortly before the speech that made him laugh. 

Giggling on camera before announcing the mass murder of civilians with a nuclear weapon is a clear indicator of his mental state.

But, for someone to think with so little evidence that anyone (even Truman) would find the death of so many people assuming is ... Well, it’s hard to describe that psychology. Maybe you would like to explain it. 

Truman's own words reveal his psychology. Upon learning the news of the destruction of Hiroshima, Truman remarked, "This is the greatest thing in history."

Truman was also a racist prone to religious delusion:

“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a NI&&ER or a Chinaman... THE LORD made a white man from dust, a NI&&ER from mud, and then threw what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I....We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction PROPHESIED in the Euphrates Valley Era, after NOAH and his FABULOUS Ark....This weapon is to be used against Japan....

@FritzX

your claim is completely groundless.

Truman's own words and actions prove otherwise.

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

No, as horrible as that day was more lives we're saved because of it.

Nuking H&N saved no one as the Japanese had already sued for peace. Additionally, no land invasion would have taken place as Russian entry ended the war.

 no excuse for Japan to attack the base which killed 2403 people.

Nuking Hiroshima killed 3000 American civilians. Unquestionably a war crime.

http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/cab/200712090010.html

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

A Canadian victim of Hiroshima recounts his exploitation as a subject of Truman's Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission:

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/a-canadian-in-hiroshima

Truman's ABCC organization studied Hiroshima victims without providing any treatment or substantive medical care. Japanese were treated like lab rats for experimentation by the American government. As the ABCC wikipedia page states:

"The ABCC did not actually treat the survivors they studied, they just studied them over periods of time."

We also know Truman lied when he stated:

"The World will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians."

In fact, the primary targets at Hiroshima were residential in nature with the overwhelming majority of casualties being civilian. In fact, Honkawa Elementary school was mere meters from the epicenter of the Hiroshima nuke strike. 

Harry S Truman's approval of the decision to mass murder Hiroshima and Nagasaki's women and children was perhaps not surprising given his bizarre religious delusions and feeble-minded racism. According to Harry Truman:

“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a NI&&ER or a Chinaman... THE LORD made a white man from dust, a NI&&ER from mud, and then threw what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I....We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction PROPHESIED in the Euphrates Valley Era, after NOAH and his FABULOUS Ark....This weapon is to be used against Japan...."

-Harry S Truman

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

I watched the clip. Truman was chuckling. Why? Utorsa, you don’t know why. No context is provided. You just tried to fit it into your narrative. It’s an editing technique propagandists use.

Truman giggled prior to announcing the mass murders at Hiroshima. Context is provided. You just tried to avoid it. It's a technique propagandists use.

No proof at all, conclusive or otherwise.

You're entitled to your opinion. I place greater importance on the conclusions of Brig. Gen. Carter Clarke:

"......we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs."

A Canadian victim of Hiroshima recounts his exploitation as an experimental subject of Truman's Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission:

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/a-canadian-in-hiroshima

Truman's ABCC organization studied Hiroshima victims without providing ANY treatment or substantive medical care. Japanese were treated like lab rats by the American government. As the ABCC wikipedia page states:

"The ABCC did not actually treat the survivors they studied, they just studied them over periods of time."

We also know Truman lied when he stated:

*“The World will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians***.**.”

In fact, the primary targets at Hiroshima were residential in nature with the overwhelming majority of casualties being civilian. In fact, Honkawa Elementary school was mere meters from the epicenter of the Hiroshima nuke strike. The fire-bombings and nuclear attacks on Japan were war crimes on par with the holocaust suffered by the Jews.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Nuking hundreds of thousands of woman and children saved no lives. It is simply a laughable myth invented by the US government used to justify cynical and cowardly war crimes. Those who try to justify nuking children are similar to the Nazis who try to justify gassing Jews.

Harry S Truman's approval of the decision to mass murder Hiroshima and Nagasaki's women and children was perhaps not surprising given his bizarre religious delusions and feeble-minded racism. According to Harry Truman:

“I think one man is just as good as another so long as he’s honest and decent and not a NI&&ER or a Chinaman... THE LORD made a white man from dust, a NI&&ER from mud, and then threw what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I....We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction PROPHESIED in the Euphrates Valley Era, after NOAH and his FABULOUS Ark....This weapon is to be used against Japan....

-Harry S Truman

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Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes? See in context

The nuking of H&N was the most disgusting and cowardly war crime ever committed. It was little more than a brutal and cynical live human experiment on women and children. The depravity and racism of the US government and military is apparent from Harry Truman's demented giggling prior to his announcement of the mass murders at Hiroshima:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d42dMSAltnQ

See Kermit Beahan gloat as he claims responsibility for nuking the women and children of Nagasaki:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJyOBriLTI&t=39s

As Brig. Gen. Carter W. Clarke, the officer in charge of preparing MAGIC intercepted cable summaries in 1945, stated:

"….we brought them [the Japanese] down to an abject surrender through the accelerated sinking of their merchant marine and hunger alone, and when we didn't need to do it, and we knew we didn't need to do it, and they knew that we knew we didn't need to do it, we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs."

As the historical record shows, six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was unnecessary. In fact, the nuking was one of the most brutal and cynical atrocities ever committed. As Admiral Chester W. Nimitz stated:

"The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan. The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace before the destruction of Hiroshima and before the Russian entry into the war…."

Truman's own diaries show that he prolonged hostilities until the nukes were ready. We also know that he lied to the US public when he stated that Hiroshima was a "military target".

Prior to nuking Hiroshima, the U.S. military had already obliterated over 60 Japanese cities with napalm and white phosphorous. This conclusively proves that Hiroshima and Nagasaki had little value other than as an opportunity for the US military to conduct nuke testing on human subjects.

In this connection, Paul Tibbets is on record as stating that Hiroshima was set aside as a "virgin" test city. Additionally, the primary targets at Hiroshima were residential in nature with the overwhelming majority of casualties being civilian. In fact, Honkawa Elementary school was mere meters from the epicenter of the Hiroshima nuke strike. The fire-bombings and nuclear attacks on Japan were war crimes on par with the holocaust suffered by the Jews.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

The nuking of H&N was the most disgusting and cowardly war crime ever committed. It was little more than a brutal and cynical live human experiment on women and children. The depravity and racism of the US government and military is apparent from Harry Truman's demented giggling prior to his announcement of the mass murders at Hiroshima:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d42dMSAltnQ

See Kermit Beahan gloat as he claims responsibility for nuking the women and children of Nagasaki:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJyOBriLTI&t=39s

As Brig. Gen. Carter W. Clarke, the officer in charge of preparing MAGIC intercepted cable summaries in 1945, stated:

"….we brought them [the Japanese] down to an abject surrender through the accelerated sinking of their merchant marine and hunger alone, and when we didn't need to do it, and we knew we didn't need to do it, and they knew that we knew we didn't need to do it, we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs."

As the historical record shows, six of the seven US WWII five star officers concluded that the nuking of hundreds of thousands of civilians was unnecessary. In fact, the nuking was one of the most brutal and cynical atrocities ever committed.

As Admiral Chester W. Nimitz stated:

"The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan. The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace before the destruction of Hiroshima and before the Russian entry into the war…."

Truman's own diaries show that he prolonged hostilities until the nukes were ready. We also know that he lied to the US public when he stated that Hiroshima was a "military target".

Prior to nuking Hiroshima, the U.S. military had already obliterated over 60 Japanese cities with napalm and white phosphorous. This conclusively proves that Hiroshima and Nagasaki had little value other than as an opportunity for the US military to conduct nuke testing on human subjects.

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@Samit Basu

Japanese have shown willingness to die rather than surrender, with countless Banzai charges and Kamikaze attacks. Now imagine schoolgirls and grandmas doing that, which was the real fear at the US military.

So it was necessary to nuke hundreds of thousands of women and children because you think the US military feared schoolgirls with sticks? I see......

Emperor Hirohito's own speech citing the nukes as the reason for surrender but never mentioned the Soviet declaration of war against Japan.

Incorrect. The Emperor's imperial rescript surrender speech to Japanese troops mentioned the Soviets but made no acknowledgement of the bombs.

https://apjjf.org/-tsuyoshi-hasegawa/2501/article.html

BTW, the US WARNED the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to evacuate the cities via leaflets days in advance.

Wrong. Your source states the following:

"These leaflets did not directly reference the atomic bomb, and it is unclear whether they were used to warn citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki specifically. The second round features a picture of a mushroom cloud and a message about the Soviet invasion (which commenced on August 9). The historical record is unclear, but it seems as though these leaflets did not make it to Nagasaki until after it, too, had been hit by an atomic bomb."

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Posted in: China says military exercises intended to threaten Taiwan See in context

Seeking re-election is different from unilaterally declaring oneself to have no term limit as Xi Jinping has done. It is the classic tactic of a dictator to declare oneself to have no term limit after taking power.

Chinese have tradition to accept leaders for 1000 years if he is beloved and if he can live that long.

Define "beloved" in this context please. Is Xi "beloved" enough by those under his control to be dictator for life according to what you feel is a Chinese "tradition"? Please provide concrete evidence of Xi's "beloved" status.

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Serve for life an no term limit are essentially the same given a leader that declares himself to have no term limit even though he was chosen on the explicit understanding his term would be a short, fixed period. Many dicators throughout history have used the same path to control.

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Agreed. We are at a "very different levels". You need to study and read the original document of the Chinese constitution. Serving more that two terms was not explicitly permitted.

Even in China there has been much debate over the planned amendment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) constitution, allowing the president and vice president to serve more than two terms in office. This is common knowledge.

https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/xi-jinping-rising-dictator-or-another-east-asian-strongman/

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Sorry, but simple ad hominem is not an argument.

Here is a similar article on Xi Jinping's attempt to go against China's constitution and become "Dictator for life".

https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/xi-jinping-rising-dictator-or-another-east-asian-strongman/

Amusingly, the article is from exactly the same news source you cited for your article "History and the Possibility of Taiwan-Japan Relations". Can we thus conclude that you know nothing about the world? 

According to the article:

Internally, Xi has also tightened his grip on information flows, for example by increasing internet restrictions and arresting citizens promoting anti-CCP ideology. These are all characteristics of a rising dictator aiming to remove his opposition and reassert total control over the country.

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Then why is China saying their military exercises are intended to threaten Taiwan? Isn't that contrary to peace and working together? Please explain.

Shouldn't you be asking that question to The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China? According to The Guardian newspaper, Xi Jinping recently tried to go against China's constitution in an effort to become "Dictator for life".

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/04/xi-jinping-from-president-to-china-new-dictator

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Who are "those people" who would "sacrifice the whole planet"? How have "they" destroyed the "greatest culture on earth"? Indeed, what is the greatest culture on earth? Does that not depend somewhat on one's perspective and biases?

Why not try to work together for peace and try to win hearts and minds instead of threatening fellow humans with military exercises and war?

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Akie,

Thanks for the link but it still doesn’t answer my question.

Former President Lee Teng-hui made comments supporting Japan’s collective right to self defense. How does this make Taiwanese “current terrorists” who “favor Japan colonial occupation”?

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Akie,

North America was Native Indian territory since ancient times. It is the same. Should explorers from Europe be allowed to control Taiwan because they call it "a new found land"?

What "terrorists" are in Taiwan and how are they linked to what you claim to be "colonial Japan imperialism"? Please provide credible internet links.

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@Akie,

Taiwan is a part of Chinese territory, by modern law and by ancient history, totally different from Canada and USA. North America is not the same as Europe, not the same location, not the same history, not the same people, not the same culture.

Demonstrably false. Canada and USA share the same history, culture and language with Europe. In fact, Canada and The United States were founded by Europeans.

The current terrorists in Taiwan who seek independence are those who favor Japan colonial occupation. 

What Taiwanese "current terrorists" are agitating for "Japan colonial occupation"? Please provide your sources for this statement.

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Posted in: UK says ex-spy poisoned with Soviet-developed nerve agent See in context

Novichok nerve poison is only used by the Russian government. The discovery that Novichok was used is a smoking gun that the Russian government conducted a hideous terrorist attack on British soil that has harmed innocent British citizens. Truly a cowardly act. 

As those who organised the hit must have known, the trail goes directly back to Moscow. The incident even took place down the road from Porton Down, the government’s military research base, which swiftly tested and identified the toxin.

All of which means Putin and his FSB spy agency have probably sought to engineer a confrontation with the UK. Why now?

The most obvious answer is Sunday’s presidential election. True, Putin is guaranteed to win. He has scarcely bothered campaigning. But the Kremlin remains worried about turnout, amid widespread voter apathy and calls from Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition politician, to boycott the vote. The authorities want to the poll to look authentic, even if it isn’t.

Over the next few days, state TV channels will pump out this message: Moscow is again the victim of a western conspiracy. Russia under siege is a favourite Kremlin theme. Conflicts with the west can bear some fruit: Putin has maintained the bump in his nominal popularity rating after his annexation of Crimea, despite western condemnation and sanctions. The wave of patriotism that followed also split the Russian opposition.

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Posted in: Trump fires Secretary of State Tillerson on Twitter; replaces him with CIA chief Pompeo See in context

Mike Pompeo has voiced his support for torture. Pompeo criticised the administration of former president Barack Obama for closing "black sites" - secret prisons used to interrogate suspects overseas - and the requirement for interrogators to adhere to anti-torture laws.

Trump's new CIA chief Gina Haspel oversaw horrific tortures at an American government site in Thailand. Torture included repeated slamming into walls by the head, incarceration in coffin-like boxes and in one man's case, 83 waterboardings in one month.

CIA videos of the torture were destroyed on the orders of a cable drafted by Haspel.

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