drops atomic weaponry on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Speaker 1: 15:57 This was decision's not made in haste by the way, by the United States, but again, I'm trying to paint this portrait of there was a lot of anger, a lot of anger of Japanese war atrocities, which made the decision to destroy the island much easier. Does that make more sense? In hindsight now, why am I telling you all this? Am I just. I just want to make fun of the Japanese. I think they're really bad people. I just, I hate her. No, not at all. Uh, I absolutely love my Japanese brothers and sisters. Domo Arigato, uh, and I certainly don't want to offend or open old wounds for my Chinese or Korean friends either. But I want you to understand two things. First, I want you to get why now, even in the 21st century, decades after World War II has been completed, I want you to understand why there's still a tremendous amount of Asian animosity towards Japan, particularly China and Korea against Japan. Speaker 1: 16:57 These are countries that are next door neighbors that aren't particularly best of buddies. In fact, they're not even close. And this is why this period I've just described. Secondly, I also want you to understand the absolute and complete either devastation that Japan found itself in at the conclusion of World War II. I mean, it just leveled. There is nothing left and not only is it flattened, they've had to surrender fully and they're occupied by the United States. John destroyed. Finished, but wait, wait a minute. Isn't Japan the number two economy on planet earth? I think they are and it, but it isn't. Japan, a strong and huge ally of the United States. Yes, that's true to how. How did that happen since the end of World War II? Good questions and we'll tackle those in the next section.
- Fall '08
- World War II, Empire of Japan, Japanese war crimes, Second Sino-Japanese War