…My father remembers how the guerrillas hunted down Japanese stragglers [after the Battle of Manila].

Teenage soldiers, really.

They would be tied to poles and hundreds of people would line up to smash them with stones.

Human rights goes right out the window in times like that…

Richard Fernandez

10 responses to “Mindset

  1. Those guerrillas had family that was either tortured, raped, murdered, or all of the above. What the Japanese did was gross injustice. What the guerrillas did was justice served up with no mercy and no pity.

    Some people just need to die bad.

  2. My Dad got his first Bronze Star in the Phillipines, using direct fire against Jap mass attacks with artillery, while wounded. That’s the kind of arithematic I like.

  3. It isn’t justice unless you have the guilty and I mean the actual guilty not just people wearing the same uniform as the guilty. What the guerrillas were doing was taking revenge. That is natural and it is what happens. But don’t confuse it with justice. Or perhaps you think that the blacks assaulting innocent whites who say “This is justice for Travon.” are correct.

  4. The Rifleman NextDoor

    if you’re going to rape, pillage, murder, invade, steal, torture etc. as a part of an invasion force….you’d better make sure you’re on the right side of history or you too might wind up tied to a pole and stoned to death by your victims’ kin.

  5. My mother, a nurse in the US army, was flown into Manila during the height of the battle, the second largest urban battle after Stalingrad. She was shelled by the Japanese while evacuating hospital patients during the battle, winning the Bronze Star with V device for that.

    When you’re defending your land against a ruthless invader, you do not have to keep your activities within any bounds. Your limits should be what you and your soldiers can stomach, and no more.

    Beheading invaders, gutting them, or any other action are wholly appropriate. If they don’t want to have that done to them, then they should not invade.

    I am a Southron, my great grandparents were involved in the defense of our homeland against the Yankee Empire’s invasion.

    We were much too nice to them.

  6. From what I have seen regarding their conduct (think Unit 731) they got off easy if all they got was stoned to death. Hot coals, evisceration, and skinning alive come to mind. I could not understand why Americans got all worked up when the Iraquis killed and mutilated those mercenaries and hung the bodies from a bridge. Mercenaries committing acts of murder and abuse of the People on American soil would deserve the same, no matter who they worked for. The Japanese People were spared the kind of revenge exacted by the Russians on Germany, so some perps tasting the hatred and rage of their victims is a small price by comparison.

  7. Cassandra (of Troy)

    IMO, the Modified Golden Rule (“As you do, I shall to, w/ alacrity, vigor, & perseverence equalling if not surpassing your own”) would appear to be the proper course. Remember though, that ammo’s dear & not to be squandered, so use a blade or sufficiently heavy object for field expedient disposal whenever possible as such implements never go dry & therefore preclude embarrassment.

    Cassandra (of Troy)

  8. Cassandra (of Troy)


    Given your statement, it appears that you disagree w/ the endless quest for justice by Jews against those of the Hitler regime, whether active participants in atrocities or clerks who passed extermination orders on down the line, & therefore call for the aforementioned aggrieved to cease & desist, right?

    Cassandra (of Troy)

  9. Cassandra (of Troy)

    Something else that’s quite educational is the comments on Fernandez’ piece. Perhaps you should peruse them, Ragnar, as they may help you/similar resolve your apparent moral conflicts about the proper disposition of vermin.

    Cassandra (of Troy)