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Unfathomable, Unacceptable!

Good day readers, I have been busy and away from this blog for a while, but today I was compelled to write about something I saw, thanks to twitter. Before I get started, thanks for following my blog, even when I don’t post for a while. Now on to the topic of the day.

UNTHINKABLE

The Yomiuri Shinbun (Shinbun means newspaper in Japanese) is a right-wing newspaper that is known for its far right stance. However, the latest editorial from that fascist rag takes the cake in terms of insensitivity, historical revisionism, and blatant misogyny. In an editorial on August 2nd titled

“Refute recent moves in U.S. to distort comfort women issue”

the newspaper issued the opinion that Korean-Americans who have set up monuments to the victims of Japan’s war time sex slavery system administered by their armed forces is “distorting” the “comfort women” issue. First the paper ridiculously refers to those trying to honor the memory of those victims as “anti-Japanese” as if to be honest about history and mourn the oppressed is to hate Japan. Of course that doesn’t say much for the moral character of Japan, but leaving that alone for the moment; the newspaper is once again, like many right-wing fascists in Japan have done for decades, is trying to revise history to be one that fits their agenda, and fits with their nationalist myth making. Let’s go through some of these ridiculous claims, and see if they hold any water. Just because I’m fair like that.

They point out that the monument erected in California reads “In memory of more than 200,000 Asian and Dutch women who were removed from their homes…to be coerced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan between 1932 and 1945.” The newspaper refutes this with “The distorted and exaggerated phrases “sexual slavery” and “more than 200,000” are enough to significantly degrade the honor of Japan.”

Let’s examine those two claims. One, they are asserting that the so-called “comfort women” system was not sexual slavery. Is that true? Well, what is the definition of slavery? According to Merriam-Webster online the definition of slavery is:

slav·ery

noun \ˈslā-v(ə-)rē\

1 : drudgerytoil
2: submission to a dominating influence
3
: the state of a person who is a chattel of another
: the practice of slaveholding
Now take that definition and read this testimony of a Korean woman about her servitude:

“[…] it was not out of our own will, we were forced into it. I was beaten until I lost hearing. I was tortured. They didn’t see us as people, but as objects.” –Lee Ok-sun, comfort woman (as cited in Wabnitz, 2007)

Well, that certainly sounds like slavery to me. There is a colossal mountain of historical documentation that shows that these women were forced into sexual slavery in service to the Japanese Imperial Army.  There are journal articles upon newspaper articles upon photos and government papers and reports and on and on and on that verifies the reality of the sexual slavery of these women. Yet apparently the Yomiuri doesn’t let a little history deflect them from “upholding the honor of Japan,” Those honoring the victims of that horrible fascist government aren’t dishonoring Japan, those who built the “comfort women” system of sex slavery are the ones who dishonored Japan. That’s like claiming the witnesses of a murder are more guilty of killing because they reported it. It’s cognitive dissonance on crack.

Ok, so let’s examine the second claim, that being that 200,000 sex slaves is an exaggeration. Let’s turn again to an academic source for that.

“It was not until 1993 that the Japanese government stopped denying its involvement in the creation of comfort stations—establishments that saw the systematic rape, torture, and in some cases murder, of approximately 200 000 so-called comfort women.”
and another
“Comfort women” is the bitterly ironic euphemism for the approximately 200,000 women, mostly Korean (about 90%) that the Japanese Imperial Army tricked or abducted into military brothels, called “comfort stations” and forced into sexual slavery during World War II. Although most of the comfort women were Korean, women from Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, the Netherlands, and the Philippines were also forced into this sexual slavery. The comfort women system was a sweeping network that existed throughout Japan and its growing empire in China, Hong Kong, Indochina, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, the East Indies, Burma, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Saipan, Guam, and the Coral Sea Island Islands (Factbox: Disputes, 2007).” ()
Sorry, seems like a pretty established fact. I could pull out hundreds of articles of evidence that shows that the sex slavery system of Imperial Japan was that extensive, but I figure these idiots would ignore the evidence, or just claim that it’s a vast “anti-Japanese” conspiracy like they always do. Un-fucking-believable.
The end the article by claiming there is no evidence for that which the rest of the goddamn world knows there is a mountain of evidence for, and claim that the famous “Kono statement” of 1993 needs to be changed, or redacted. At the same time they try to appear humanitarian by writing “It is true there were actions by the Japanese government in wartime that injured the honor and dignity of many women. If the comfort women issue were to be judged under the standards of human rights awareness that exist today, there would be no chance for Japan to politically win the issue.”
No fucking sir, nice try you weasel fascist fucking ratfink, whoever you are. They were crimes against humanity by the standard of human rights OF THAT ERA, which is why so many of your leaders were hung like the fascist fucking rats they were. You can’t on one hand say that the Japanese government committed atrocities, and on the other hand say that they weren’t that bad of atrocities and so Koreans have no right to be angry about Japan’s continued idiocy, and stubborn historical revisionism.
Dear Japan, stop trying to weasel out of the horrible history of your imperialist expansionism. Stop trying to wiggle out of the responsibility your government still holds for the deaths, tortures, and rapes of millions of people. Stop trying to prop up your bullshit national myth on the backs of the victims of your imperialist fascist aggressions. Take responsibility for your history, and establish a future where no one will ever again be afraid that that horrible history would ever repeat itself. Take a note from Germany, that has to its credit, largely owned up to the sins of the past, and has criminalized the denial of the holocaust, and Nazi symbolism. Those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it.
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on Japan, and SHAME on the Yomiuri Shinbun. You are not fit to print advertisements, let alone speak about serious issues. Either stop distorting history, drop your projections, and own up to the past, or just at least do the world a favor, and shut the fuck up.
Postscript
Inb4 “you hate Japan”: I live here, and my wife and children are Japanese citizens.
 Inb4 “What about America”: I have no great love for the fascist US government, and I fully acknowledge the crimes of the US state. No red herrings or diversions allowed here.
Sources:
Durham, Helen, and Bebe Loff. “Japan’s “comfort women”.” The Lancet357.9252 (2001): 302.
Heit, Shannon. “Waging sexual warfare: Case studies of rape warfare used by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.” Women’s Studies International Forum. Vol. 32. No. 5. Pergamon, 2009.
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The Attack on Women

The big story in the new of late has been about Rush Limbaugh, and his vicious, slanderous attack on Sandra Fluke. He not only called her a slut and a prostitute for daring to testify to congress, but the apology he eventually gave only apologized for using those two words, not for the diatribe against her, not for telling her to make a sex tape, not for anything else that he said. While this story is outrageous, and Rush is a douchebag of the highest order, the war on women is much larger than a single attack on a college student.

The conservatives are old school, you see. They think that women should be in the home, slaving over the stove, vacuuming, and taking care of children. They don’t want them to have contraception, because if they had free access to contraception they would have control over their reproductive health, and thus control over their own lives. While insurance companies have no problem covering viagra, some do no want to pay for birth control pills that are used for much more than just preventing pregnancy. The right doesn’t like Planned Parenthood, not only because they help provide abortion (even if it is only 3% of what they do), but because the reproductive health choices these clinics give to poor women help to liberate them.

They right wants you to think that they are all about traditional morality. What does traditional morality mean? Well, traditional morality means that men run the country, it means that gays are in the closet, and will be beaten if they ever show their faces. It means that women have no rights, no control over their own lives. They want women barefoot and pregnant. They want a country of haves and have nots, where morality is helping the rich keep his wealth, no matter how many poor kids are starving in the streets. They want more poor kids from women who can’t stop having babies, because they provide cheap labor that is easily exploited by the capitalist class. They want more babies because they need more fodder for the cannons of their imperialist wars. They hate, revile, and slander any woman who dares to think for herself. They hate any woman who has a sense of self worth, that isn’t defined by a husband or children. The slime they spew about feminist women, is because they are threatened by intelligent, thinking women who are strong people.

The women who represent the right are there encouraging women to be complacent, to advance the anti-women agenda of the right.

Sarah Palin spoke out about the controversy, stating he support for the racist, sexist, bile spewing puke that is Rush Limbaugh. Why would she defend such a misogynist? Because she doesn’t fight for women’s rights. She fights for the elite capitalist class, and she is willing to throw women’s rights, her own dignity and the future for women under the bus to grovel to the moneyed interests that really own her.

If you’re a woman, and you support the right, you have been duped. You’ve allowed others to dictate to women what they should be, how they should act, and that men should control their reproductive rights. They are traitors to humanity and women, maybe not even intentionally. Reject the anti-women right wing, and fight for the liberation of all humanity from the capitalist, imperialist, religious controls they want to have on your life.

They have you convinced that freedom is slavery? Reject that, and embrace liberation. You are a worthy human being, as important as any man or woman. End gender oppression now. And reject women like Sarah Palin who would have you in chains.

Liberal = “Ultra-Leftist”?

I was shocked on twitter tonight; and trust me, that’s saying something. Of all the ridiculous, foolish, moronic and ignorant things I’ve seen.
As you may have heard, there was a big story in Oakland on Saturday, as that city’s fascist mayor sent her brown shirts out to harass protesters. Over 400 protesters were arrested, and many were tear-gassed, beaten and brutalized for no reason. One pregnant woman who has lukemia was even attacked by Oakland’s renegade police force, also for no apparent reason. Occupiers around the world spoke out against the oppression of free speech. The movement was even re-energized by that eventful day. Something else happened that night as well. A piece of colored cloth was burned in front of city hall. Now some people think that is more important than people’s lives, and that burning the US flag is a crime punishable by death. (Ignoring of fact the Supreme Court ruling that established that act as a form of protected free speech under the US constitution.)

A flag loving woman on twitter wasn’t having any of that. Here’s what she said, straight from the horse’s mouth:
Maliheh

Maliheh_ Maliheh

occupiers who burns american flags in usa deserve to be shot and killed with live rounds on sight..no questions asked! #p2 #ows #oo
Maliheh

Maliheh_ Maliheh

@
@Mike_Czech burning american flags on american soil is an criminal seditious act and is against the law. #p2 #ows #oo
Of course the above tweet is completely incorrect. Burning a US flag is a perfectly legal act.
Maliheh

Maliheh_ Maliheh

@
@timthesocialist i believe occupiers deserved to be dealt with force on account they been burning american flags in public. #p2 #ows
Maliheh

Maliheh_ Maliheh

ultra left wing actually – #p2 “@TheLibertyLamp@Maliheh_because you’re a right wing fascist bitch @timthesocialist
Maliheh

Maliheh_ Maliheh

liberals,independents and conservatives have died for this country for you to be free..american flag means alot to some #p2 #oo #ows
So there you have it. A flag means more than human life, means more than critical thinking means more than freedom of speech. One of the most insanely stupid parts of her little idiotic diatribe was claiming to be both a liberal /and/ an ultra-leftist. Sorry Bourgeois Betty, you can’t be both. You are a capitalist, you are a conservative, you are a complete and utter fraud.
Her facebook page claims she cares about social justice, while she calls for the murder of protesters for burning a flag as a form of protest. Ultra-leftist my ass.
If you feel like giving her a piece of your mind, her FB link is here:
Her twitter (from which I am blocked after exposing her stupidity to the world) is here:
With “leftists” like her, who needs an enemy?

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