This is very random but the subject came up in a book that I am reading. I don’t believe that most of my generation (and especially the next one) realize the brutal treatment of others during WW2. Some would argue that there are no justifiable wars. How many need to die before stopping it is justifiable?
From Wikipedia – Historian Chalmers Johnson has written that:
It may be pointless to try to establish which World War Two Axis aggressor, Germany or Japan, was the more brutal to the peoples it victimised. The Germans killed six million Jews and 20 million Russians (i.e.Soviet citizens); the Japanese slaughtered as many as 30 million Filipinos, Malays, Vietnamese,Cambodians, Indonesians and Burmese, at least 23 million of them ethnic Chinese. Both nations looted the countries they conquered on a monumental scale, though Japan plundered more, over a longer period, than the Nazis. Both conquerors enslaved millions and exploited them as forced labourers—and, in the case of the Japanese, as (forced) prostitutes for front-line troops. If you were a Nazi prisoner of war fromBritain, America, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (but not the Soviet Union) you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war; (by comparison) the death rate for Allied POWs held by the Japanese was nearly 30%.