Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Thy sins be forgiven thee" - A Mystery after the International Military Tribunal

 A Tokyo View...

A Mystery after the International Military Tribunal

On December 23, 1948, the leaders of the Empire of Japan who were judged and sentenced  to death  by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East were executed at Sugamo Prison in Ikebukuro of Tokyo.

They took responsibility for war crimes which had been allegedly conducted in the Pacific theater during WWII.  But the day, December 23, 1948, was also the birthday of Crown Prince of Showa Emperor or the birthday of present Emperor of Japan. Whether or not General MacArthur knew it could intimidate the emperor of Japan and the Japanese people, he ordered the commanding general of the Eighth Army Walton Walker to carry out the execution of the so-called seven A-Class war criminals, including ex-Full-General/Prime Minister of the Empire Hideki Tokyo.

Then two years later during the Korean War, US General Walton Walker was killed in a traffic accident in the Korean Peninsula on the very December 23.

Accordingly a lieutenant of  General Walton Walker visited a Buddhist facility in Japan where bones of the seven executed ex-leaders of the Empire were placed after collecting them secretly from a crematorium.  It is said that a South Korean officer advised the lieutenant to appease the spirits of those so-called seven A-Class war criminals of the Empire of Japan that collapsed in 1945. 
When hostilities broke out in Europe in 1939, Walker was executive of the War Plans division of the general staff, but when Marshall (now Chief of Staff) assigned George Pattonto organize America's armored forces, Walker successfully lobbied Marshall for a post as one of Patton's subordinate commanders, gaining promotion to brigadier general in the process. Promoted major general in 1942, he commanded Third Armored Division and eventually XX Corps, taking the latter to England in early 1944 and leading it into combat in Normandy in July as part of Patton's Third Army.
The Korea America Friendship Association, or KAFA, plans to unveil a $770,000 statue of Lt. Gen. Walton Walker at U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan on Dec. 23, the 58th anniversary of the general’s death in a jeep accident near Uijeongbu. Walker successfully led the defense of a critical line around Busan, the only pocket of South Korea not captured by communist North Korea in the early months of the Korean War.

Walker’s Pusan Perimeter set the stage for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s dramatic and better-known Incheon Landing on Sept. 15, 1950.

Yet, how fair or effective was the so-called Tokyo Tribunal of War Criminals?
Radhabinod Pal 
The United States of America, The Republic of China, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, The Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, The Republic of France, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, India and The Commonwealth of the Philippins. 
- Against -
Araki, Sadao; Dohihara, Kenji; Hashimoto, Kingoro; Hata, Shunroku; Hiranuma, Kiichiro; Hirota, Koki; Hoshino, Naoki; Itagaki, Seishiro; Kaya, Okinori; Kido, Koichi; Kimura, Heitaro; Koiso, Kuniaki; Matsui, Iwane; Minami, Jiro; Muto, Akira; Oka, Takasumi; Oshima, Hiroshi; Saro, Kenryo; Shigemitsu, Mamoru; Shimada, shigataro; Shiratori, Toshio; Suzuki, Teiihci; Togo, Shigenori; Tojo, Hideki; Umezu, Yoshijiro.
The apprehension is that the Members of the Tribunal being representatives of the nations which defeated Japan and which are accusers in this action, the accused cannot expect a fair and impartial trial at their hands and consequently the Tribunal as constituted should not proceed with this trial... 

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Luk 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?