WWII

March 7, 2008

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  1. MusicalMorphine on March 12, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Just some related media =]

    I don’t know if you’ve seen this video, or what you think about it but Jon (JonandBT) posted it on his blog and I thought it was quite interesting. Thought I’d pass it on to anyone who hadn’t seen it.

  2. Linkin_Paranoik on March 11, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Hmm..well that’s a difficult video..i mean it’s not easy to talk about this, but yeah we know war is not a good thing, that’s sure.

  3. asianotter on March 10, 2008 at 11:58 am

    all i know is that war is NOT the answer, not WWII and certainly not now!

  4. Y_ on March 10, 2008 at 11:23 am

    i don know what to comment..many ppl still don wanna talk about those staff, while some young ppl totally don care or don know…one clear thing is tons of innocent ppl got hurt and died 63 years ago today in japan, but tons of terrible things happened in the other countries, too. and another thing is…feel so uncomfortable when this kind of topics came up especially when talking w/ people from different background,and i don know how to do w/… it’s true some ppl hate some ppl. and sad thing is u could have haters by posting this vid…i just hope those things wont happen again.and now i feel like my concerns r so small… btw, “kenji” always reminds me of hirabayashi prison in mt. lemon

  5. kUmiKo on March 10, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Bastard!!War is just happened so that goverment wanna make the economic better.
    nothing comes out of war besides sorrow.we must become more smart.

  6. Crystal122208 on March 9, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    er i feel stupid took me 18 seconds to realize that stood for world war 2

  7. ShadowerLiltani on March 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I have a great proposal. How about, if all the greedy bastards in the government decide to get the fuck over themselves and stop killing innocent people. The only way to win a war is to not start one in the first place. But because one was started, your own family had to pay the price in the end. I think about that line in Kenji, “Then my husband died before they closed the camp.” The only way they took responsibility was by giving the imprisoned Japanese-Americans money. How about I’m sorry? Or, what we did was wrong? Or, it will never happen again? Considering how sick the government is nowadays, all over the world, I don’t know for sure if these kinds of things will never happen again.

  8. xLinkinParkFanx on March 9, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    wow. Iv’e heard about this before..but i learned a little more about it from watching that vid. thanks Mike.

  9. NurBACK on March 9, 2008 at 5:36 am

    I agree with all of us.War is Hell,it’s terrible thing which been made by humans.My grandfather was military pilot,and i’m image what he has seen during WWII.I think Wars never will end, while there are on the Earth people…I miss my grandfather.RIP all really good people,who struggled against a harm,evil

  10. MissDee on March 9, 2008 at 4:49 am

    I remember when my grandfather was telling me about his memories from WWII (in Poland) when he was a little boy who needed to left home with his family because they were afraid od Germans.
    This video shows how awful things were happening in whole parts of the world and now they bring just tears.

  11. nillp on March 8, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    yeah.. it’s always nice when celebrities do this..

    even more ’cause nowadays it’s pretty hard to find celebrities with content inside their brain..

  12. AshleyDawn on March 8, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    This video provoked me to have a nightmare last night. Not entirely sure why because I have watched dozens of movies on WWII and the bombings before.

    Thanks for posting anyways. Nice to see when celebrities actually post about things that matter. Sad how in history class we try to forget all that really happened and only get the watered down version.

    Ashley

  13. lynndarwinharris on March 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    by the way…..Thank you for the song Hands Held High. I cry every time I listen to it.

  14. lovya on March 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    ..but the civilians r innocent that true

  15. lovya on March 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    shit ill never forget what japanese did to us! the japanese soldiers were devils fuck them!

  16. lynndarwinharris on March 8, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    First of all –thank you for posting this. My grandfather was in WWII-served in the South Pacific. There are no winners only losers in war. Many people died and I cannot figure out what for. My grandfather could not figure out why either. I will always remember the pain in his eyes when he described what he went thru. He said that nobody should ever have to go to war-it leaves scars that nobody can see. He was a poor farm boy from the united states and was drafted into WWII. In my opinion only the poor do the fighting and dying. The rich just sit back and play toy soldiers and could care less about civilians or the poor boys who are drafted to do their bidding. I miss you grandpa.

  17. nillp on March 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    the civilians definitively didn’t want the war.. but as the usage:

    ^”when the rich wage war it’s the poor who die”^

  18. lpfanatic on March 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    This is completely ignored in history in england, so thanks mike for kenji and for this. i cant believe that anyone could justify killing 100 000 civilians in one night. how would these people have felt if it was their families and friends. you can never ever justify this sort of thing, the civilians didnt start the war, the civilians didnt even want the war. my nan helped injured soldiers of all nationalities, no matter what side they were on, in germany during the war, and on boxing day american bombers bombed every building in the town with a red cross on the roof.

  19. bec on March 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I used to live near one of those cities – I taught children there – tiny little children that stilll live in little wooden houses

  20. analoggirl on March 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Mike, I applaud you for not shying away from controversy, or “saying something that you know they might attack you for.”

    History is written by the victor. Acts of war are justified by those in power. I can watch this video and be rightfully outraged, but what upsets me more is that we haven’t learned from our mistakes. Our governments still have a blatant disregard for civilian life.

  21. TaylorKenjiLP on March 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    wow. everytime i see stuff about this i always think the same thing: we (as a country) are stupid. we overreacted. we’re power-hungry. we’ve lost sight of the important things. we’re hypocritical. we’re VERY hypocritical.

  22. cuz on March 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    thanks for posting this Mike. i think we should know more about it and that’s why i took Kenji to school and did a lesson about japanese internment and all the situation Kenji is about. in my country this thing is unknown including teachers. so thank you Mike for caring. enjoy the tour, love you

    -cuz

  23. murry on March 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    It’s sickening how inhumane men can get in the fog of war. How could killing over 100,000 people, most of them civilians, in one night seem like a proportional response for the 2,395 that were killed in Pearl Harbor? And that’s just during that one night in March of 1945. That’s not counting all the other nights of raiding and, of course, the catastrophic atomic bombing. It’s grossly improportionate and it seems more like a hate crime than an act of war.

  24. Squishy_Ho on March 8, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Post #2: I read the posts before, and there’s this chinese girl talking about the japanese-chinese war that occurred right before WWII. It kind of got forgotten cause of the place that WWII took in history afterwards. But when you think about it, that was a fucking massacre too! The japanese soldiers would enter a town, rape and kill and destroy everything on their path, and start all over again in the next city. Hell if it wasn’t for WWII, perhaps there wouldn’t be no China today. Or Japan would’ve been the next Germany.

  25. Squishy_Ho on March 8, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I actually watched the entire movie 2 years ago and that’s the part that i remember the best. All I can see to think when i remember that segment of the movie is Fucking Power Kill. It’s a bit like a “my dad’s better than yours” contest, except it was “hey i can power kill more than you can”. Just to quote you “that fifteen killer ton blast put an end to the war pretty fast”. Oh yeah, it did. Would it have been otherwise if they hadn’t? And what would have ensued? The germans were actually VERY close to getting it too…

  26. poki on March 8, 2008 at 11:43 am

    i knew something about what happened in japan and in the us with the japanese people. just a little. but i REALISED (a bit) what happend there just after hearing Kenji from TRT. and right now i realised even (again a little bit) more. thank you for posting, mike :- |

  27. Mickey on March 8, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I lack words, man. This is seriously lacking in our history lessons, over here. Sure, we hear about Iwo Jima but that’s about it and that’s actually pissing me off a little.
    We get to know about every little horrible detail the germans did and we hear about Iwo Jima, as I said…but this…we do not hear about this.
    Thanks for posting this, Mike and educating me more, even though it was horrifying as fuck.

  28. inkytwist on March 8, 2008 at 10:33 am

    As happy as I am to be American. It’s this stuff that makes it hard to be proud of it. Thanks for posting, Mike.

  29. nillp on March 8, 2008 at 8:36 am

    as cynthia said, those comparisons between japanese and american cities were really eye-opening..

    i think that, those people who haven’t realized yet how much it cost to japan, will realize after this video!

  30. Fishgoingwest on March 8, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Although I’ve tried my best to be calm,I can’t help myself to relate it to my country,China.

    Mike,I know you’re shocked about the 2 bumbs which were throwed to Japan.

    But as a Chinese,I have to say that Chinese people suffered much more than Japanese at that period.

    MORE THAN 12 MILLIAN CHINESE DIED FROM THE WAR.

    UP TO 25 MILLIAN PEOPLE WERE INJURED.

    Most of them are innocent citizens.

    Two bumbs are not humane,but the act of aggressive is more evil.

    I do not mean to hurt anyone,I just hate the war.

    I just don’t want to see it happen again.

    I don’t want to be homeless,I don’t want my motherland been deprived.

  31. msgirl on March 8, 2008 at 6:33 am

    thanx for posting it mike….:,(

  32. cynthia on March 8, 2008 at 6:10 am

    those comparisons between the japanese cities and american cities were eye-opening. let’s pray something like this doesn’t happen again.. even though more countries today have similar deadly weapons, whether they want to admit it or not.

  33. akitagirl on March 8, 2008 at 5:32 am

    You do not know what someone has been through till you’ve walked in there shoes. I wonder if many of our government officials thought this way would they make the same choices. Thanks for helping us take a few steps Mike! We need to learn from our past to not make the same mistakes, and hold our government accountable to us “the people”!!

  34. Shelby on March 8, 2008 at 4:01 am

    Most of the people know only date, and that is scary. They know there was war and they know that many people have been killed but they don’t really know anything. For example lot of people says there was “Polish” concentration camps but there wasn’t any. There was concentration camps IN POLAND where Polish people, Jews and Jehovah Witnesses were killed. That is the difference. I think it’s really good that someone says about thinks like that like you do.

  35. MusicalMorphine on March 8, 2008 at 3:51 am

    “What makes it immoral if you lose, but not immortal if you win?”

    You know, I was just thinking myself the same thing right before he said it. I have to be honest, I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to history, I stopped learning it in school when I was about 14 but I’m always interested to learn new things. Thanks.

  36. EllePi on March 8, 2008 at 2:39 am

    My english is not enough well to understand what the man says but it’s always terrible to see again the destruction of WWII. It’s horrifying to see where human worked up … In Europe that war was really terrible too, mostly in Germany. we haven’t to forget. I hope you feel better mike.
    Caroline from France

  37. soyuneik on March 8, 2008 at 1:49 am

    You should all watch Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies)…Keep a box of tissues nearby.

  38. Neil on March 8, 2008 at 12:38 am

    All i could think of was the song Kenji when reading this.

  39. _JaSoN_ on March 8, 2008 at 12:24 am

    my…god. All through the video I could think about was “67 cities”. I mean when you watch the news and they tell you how many people have died in some accident, most of the time, all it is to you really just numbers but 67 cities…i dunno, there’s no word in my head that can describe my shock and horror. Thanx for the clip, most people don’t think about these things nowadays but we need to remember or, god be damned, it will happen again.

  40. shinoda_me on March 7, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    What Makes It Immoral If You Lose But Not Immortal If You Win?
    wow…

  41. KATHYxx on March 7, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I read “Farewell to Manzanar” a long time ago too, and thinking to combine that with what this video describes really paints this picture really well.

    In this light, the idea of actually winning a war is a figment of the imagination. There is no right way about it. Everyone is wrong.

  42. shinoda_me on March 7, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Kenji…. its all so ‘Kenji’ like
    (sigh)
    it hurts so much to think about all the damage this stupid nuclear war (and others) have caused..
    even if im neither a jap nor an american
    .. im still human
    … scary to see from your point of view Mike… japanese AND american…
    hurts so bad…
    keep doing the eye opener job… we need you

  43. Kira on March 7, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    What are the rules of war?

  44. Elliot_aka_MC_Eli on March 7, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    What makes that video so scary, is the fact that it makes you realize, we can do 50 times the damage now.

  45. rubyred82 on March 7, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you for posting this video Mike. We really do need these reminders, and, for lack of a better phrase, these smacks upside the head.

  46. ManBearPig on March 7, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    POST 3: I do give you the utmost respect and admiration for your song “Kenji”, as I hope it opens up a generation’s eyes to what happened domestically and internationally in those few years in the 40s. As time moves on, memories seem to fade, but this can never be forgotten. If it does, as in those famous words, we are doomed to repeat it.

  47. ManBearPig on March 7, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    POST 2 A lot of people don’t realise it was a Canadian phenomenon as well, but it was and it was just as bad. I remember reading a book in high school called “Obasan” about the internment of Japanese-Canadians in British Columbia. Reading first hand accounts of it all just makes me feel so ashamed and horrified for the actions of an entire nation. And the lack of redress given to Japanese-Canadians (and Japanese-Americans) is beyond appalling.

  48. ManBearPig on March 7, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    POST 1
    We just recently watched “The Fog Of War” in my Organizing The Unites States for War seminar. Hearing Robert McNamara giving his personal perspective on the horrors inflicted upon Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and all of Japan makes it seem far more real than reading it in a text book. And seeing those equivalents to US towns being destroyed makes you realise how truly and utterly insane the dropping of the Atomic bomb was. You destroy half a country, and then obliterate two small pieces of it. It’s mind numbing. On top of the internment process at home

  49. JazzyJaz on March 7, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    one comment…now two.

    ‘what makes it immoral if u lose but not immortal if u win?’
    im glad you posted this video mike ♥

    xxxJazzy Jazxxx

  50. nillp on March 7, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    i’d like to know who was too.. it still does not make sense for me.. how the hell can someone do this with their fellow? it just indignates me..!

    ‘what makes it immoral if u lose but not immoral if u win?’

    i’d really like to know this answer..

    i really appreciated that u posted a video like this..😉

    love ya ~ ♥

    mk’nil

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