Tuesday, March 06, 2007

No Apologies

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that there will be no new apologies issued to the women forced to service Japanese soldiers as sex slaves during World War II.

One of my favorite bloggers, TheoGeo, ran a story about the "Comfort Women" that should be read by all. It's the story of one of the comfort women, and the wounds it infilicted on her that last to this day.

Japan has displayed a startling inability to come to grips with the sins of its past. Their government routinely censors any mention of "The Rape of Nanking" from textbooks, and conservative forces within the government seem to live in a constant effort to massage down the number of casualties inflicted by the Japanese government.

How can a nation move on from a past that it refuses to acknowledge?

While I doubt we're running a forced prostitution ring in Iraq, we might well be in the same position a few decades from now--- Trying to gloss over the fact that not all of our conduct in Iraq has been admirable. Will we handle it any better?

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