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The Nanking "Event"

Crush the Chinese in three months and they will sue for peace!
-- Japan's War Minister Sugiyama, 1937.

This "event" will be called "The Rape of Nanking" but not by the Japanese. Japan already has a puppet government installed in what we call Manchuria. Unfortunately, their expansion options are limited until Mao Tse-tung provokes an incident at the Marco Polo Bridge. Shots are fired and suddenly the Second Sino-Japanese War is underway! The War Minister figures this war will be over in 3 months. (It will last over 8 years.) FDR is calling for a "quarantine" of the Japanese aggressors. "Quarantine" is code for BLOCKADE! Japan is an island nation about the size of California, so a US blockade would be an act of war. Then the worst thing possible occurs. Japanese aviators from the aircraft carrier Kaga hit and sink the gunboat Panay flying an American flag. They also hit a British ship. Everyone has their back up and the Japanese won't back down. They are winning this fight and they are on the road to Nanking. Nothing can stop them now. [1] [2] [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Exactly what happened is clear. The capital city of Nanking was majorly jugged by Japanese soldiers over the next 4 weeks. Looting, rape and mass murder were rampant. People were "hunted like rabbits". 20,000 men of military age were marched to a field and shot. Estimates of the non-military death toll range from 40,000 to 300,000. One could say that official Japan didn't order it. The commander of the army promised good treatment to the people of Nanking, but the officers on the scene clearly encouraged it. A large number of soldiers don't go wandering off for that long to rape and pillage without a lot of officers knowing and approving it. FDR started calling Japan a "bandit country" and it just got worse from there. [4]

The Nazis Hire a "Solutions" Company

Yes. Its another episode of "How much worse can the Nazis get?" For example, if you don't salute properly you get a punch in the nose at minimum. More likely a beating. Reverend Martin Niemöller was promised protection for the Church. After all, the soul of Germany is in danger from the Godless communists. (The communist/socialists are aggressive atheists, so his worry is real.) Now the Reverend has been arrested for activities against the State. He will be sent to a concentration camp and write that famous speech that starts, "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Socialist." Of course, keeping track of communists, Jews and rebellious reverends would be an impossible task without the wonder of the age... the IBM tabulating machine. They "keep tabs" on people by occupation, race and religion. The punch cards run through a sorter and identify people who would otherwise slip through the cracks. IBM's Thomas J. Watson will be honored by the Nazis with the Order of the German Eagle this year for the punch card solution to their Jewish problem. [5] [6] [7] [8]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
All these years later, it's embarrassing. Isn't it? I'm not sure what Watson's motivation was for accepting the award. He tried to give the award back later, but he failed to do so for reasons that seemed good at the time. Now, they seem less good. I am Jewish, and I have Jewish friends who work for IBM. I'm not putting down the current company. Companies often last longer than the people who made those critical business decisions. Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen are other examples of Nazi collaborating companies from which I would gladly use their products. Why? Because it is the decisions that the companies make today that matter. For years, the only companies that would sell cars to Israel were Mercedes-Benz and Subaru. Today, Israel even buys German submarines. So... make your own decision, but I have no problem buying German if it makes practical sense.

Notable Births

  • Colin Powell (Living): US Army General and Secretary of State. (He also speaks Yiddish!) [9]
  • Saddam Hussein: President of Iraq. (The consensus said that he had an atom bomb. Oops!) [10]
  • And in Entertainment...
  • -- Bill Cosby (Living): Comedian and actor on I Spy and The Cosby Show. [11]
  • -- Morgan Freedman (Living): He played "God" in "Bruce Almighty" and plays President in everything else. [12]
  • -- Jane Fonda (Living): "Barbarella" (a cult classic) and "The China Syndrome" (killed the nuclear power industry). [13]
  • -- George Takei (Living): Star Trek's Mr. Sulu. FDR sent him to a concentration camp. Apparently, a 5-year-old Japanese-American boy posed a security risk to the United States. (I am appalled.) [14]
  • -- George Carlin: "When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts." [15]

**Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked.

In Other News

  • Edwin Land founds Polaroid. His polarizing material works great for sunglasses. Land will be essential to the development of spy satellites. [16] [17]
  • The Hindenburg disaster. "Oh the humanity!" cries Herbert Morrison as the airship bursts into flames moments before landing. [18]
  • The sale of cannabis is now taxable. Of course, possession is also illegal.... but for the medical research community, it is taxable. [19]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1937, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. Nanking Massacre - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 24 July 2016. “The Nanking Massacre or Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking or Rape of Nanjing, was an episode during the Second Sino-Japanese War of mass murder and mass rape by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing (then spelled Nanking), then capital of the Republic of China. The massacre occurred over six weeks starting December 13, 1937, the day that the Japanese captured Nanjing. During this period, soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army murdered Chinese civilians and disarmed combatants numbering an estimated 40,000 to over 300,000, and perpetrated widespread rape and looting.”
  2. Mao: The Unknown Story. Anchor. ISBN 9780679746324. “On 7 July 1937, fighting broke out between Chinese and Japanese troops at a place just outside Pelting called the Marco Polo Bridge. By the end of the month the Japanese had occupied the two main cities in northern China. Peking and Tianjin Chiang did not declare war. He did not want a full-scale war--not yet, anyway: And neither did the Japanese.” 
  3. Nanking Massacre - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “On June 19, 2007, a group of around 100 Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers again denounced the Nanjing Massacre as a fabrication, arguing that there was no evidence to prove the allegations of mass killings by Japanese soldiers. They accused Beijing of using the alleged incident as a 'political advertisement'.”
  4. Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties. HarperCollins Publishers, 317-318. ISBN 9780064334273. “The Chinese capital, Nanking, fell in December 1937. The Japanese commander, General lwane Marsui, had entered China declaring: 'I am going to the front not to fight an enemy but in the state of-mind of one who sets out to pacify his brother'; he ordered his men to 'protect and patronize the Chinese officials and people as far as possible'. In fact once the army entered Nanking, the radical officers took over. For four weeks the streets of the city were given over' to one of the largest-scale massacres in history. Men, women and children, said an eye-witness, 'were hunted like rabbits. Every- one seent to move was shot.'” 
  5. Thomas J. Watson - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 20 September 2016. “Watson's merger of diplomacy and business was not always lauded. During the 1930s, IBM's German subsidiary was its most profitable foreign operation, and a 2001 book, IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black, argues that Watson's pursuit of profit led him to personally approve and spearhead IBM's strategic technological relationship with Nazi Germany.[14] In particular, critics point to the coveted Order of the German Eagle medal that Watson received at the Berlin ICC meeting in 1937, as evidence that he was being honored for the help that IBM's German subsidiary Dehomag (Deutsche Hollerith-Maschinen Gesellschaft mbH) and its punch card machines provided the Nazi regime, particularly in the tabulation of census data (i.e. location of Jews).”
  6. IBM - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “In 1937, IBM's tabulating equipment enabled organizations to process unprecedented amounts of data, its clients including the U.S. Government, during its first effort to maintain the employment records for 26 million people pursuant to the Social Security Act, and Hitler's Third Reich,”
  7. Order of the German Eagle - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “The Order of the German Eagle was a diplomatic and honorary award given to prominent foreigners, particularly diplomats, who were considered sympathetic to Nazism.”
  8. Black, Edwin. IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation. Crown. ISBN 9780609607992. “His feelings were best expressed in a 1937 recollection he penned to Nazi Economics Minister Hjalmar Schacht. "From the day I returned to Germany after the [Great] War," Watson wrote Schacht, "to find my Company's affairs in the best safekeeping by your Alien Property Custodian, well-administered and conscientiously managed, from the highly satisfactory experience gained in my association with German industry after the War while building up my Company in Germany, all through the time of Germany's post-War suffering, recovery and setbacks, I have felt a deep personal concern over Germany's fate and a growing attachment to the many Germans with whom I gained contact at home and abroad. This attitude has caused me to give public utterance to my impressions and convictions in favor of Germany at a time when public opinion in my country and elsewhere was predominantly unfavorable." He added, the world must extend "a sympathetic understanding to the German” 
  9. Colin Powell - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “While at school, Powell worked at a local baby furniture store, where he picked up Yiddish from the eastern European Jewish shopkeepers and some of the customers. He also served as a Shabbos goy, helping Orthodox families with needed tasks on the Sabbath.”
  10. Saddam Hussein - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “In 2003, a coalition led by the U.S. invaded Iraq to depose Saddam, in which U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused him of possessing weapons of mass destruction and having ties to al-Qaeda. Saddam's Ba'ath party was disbanded and elections were held. Following his capture on 13 December 2003, the trial of Saddam took place under the Iraqi Interim Government. On 5 November 2006, Saddam was convicted of charges of crimes against humanity related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi'ites, and was sentenced to death by hanging. His execution was carried out on 30 December 2006.”
  11. Bill Cosby - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “Cosby has been the subject of publicized sexual assault allegations since about 2000. He has been accused by 51 women of rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct, with the earliest alleged incidents taking place in the mid-1960s and the most recent in 2008. He has denied the allegations.”
  12. Morgan Freeman - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Glory (1989), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Seven (1995), Deep Impact (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), The Lego Movie (2014), and Lucy (2014). He is known for his distinctively smooth, deep voice and his skill at narration.”
  13. Jane Fonda - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “Fonda was a visible political activist in the counterculture era during the Vietnam War and has been more recently involved in advocacy for women. She was famously and controversially photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft gun on a 1972 visit to Hanoi.”
  14. George Takei - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “He featured in a lead role in 'The Encounter' (1964), an episode of The Twilight Zone in which he played the guilt-ridden son of a traitor who signaled Japanese pilots during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”
  15. George Carlin - Wikiquote (2016). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts … Germany lost the Second World War. Fascism won it. Believe me, my friend. --Real Time with Bill Maher, September 9, 2005.”
  16. Polaroid Eyewear - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 22 January 2017. “Edwin Land, born in 1909 in Connecticut, invented Polaroid, the world's first polarizing material for commercial use, in 1929. He founded the Polaroid Corporation in 1937 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1] The company initially produced Polaroid Day Glasses, the first sunglasses with a polarizing filter.”
  17. Edwin H. Land - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 22 January 2017. “Beginning in the early years of the Cold War, Land played a major role in the development of photographic reconnaissance and intelligence gathering efforts. Projects included the Genetrix balloon borne cameras, the U-2 program, Corona and Samos photographic satellites, and the Manned Orbiting Laboratory. He was a frequent advisor to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on photographic reconnaissance matters.”
  18. Hindenburg disaster - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage, photographs, and Herbert Morrison's recorded radio eyewitness reports from the landing field, which were broadcast the next day. A variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the abrupt end of the airship era.”
  19. Cannabis (drug) - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 24 January 2017. “n the United States in 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act was passed, and prohibited the production of hemp in addition to cannabis. The reasons that hemp was also included in this law are disputed—several scholars have claimed that the act was passed in order to destroy the US hemp industry, with the primary involvement of businessmen Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family.”

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