August 15, 1945: The Voice of the Crane

Tuesday, August 15, AD 2017

 

 

Allied bombers had been used on August 13, 1945 dropping leaflets over Japan which described, in Japanese, the surrender offer and the Allied response.  On August 14, 1945 Hirohito met with his military leaders, several of whom spoke in favor of continuing the War.  Hirohito urged them to help him bring the War to an end.  Meeting then with the Supreme Council for the Direction of the War and heard out those who recommended a rejection of the Allied offer unless there was a guarantee that the Emperor would continue to reign.  Hirohito then spoke:

I have listened carefully to each of the arguments presented in opposition to the view that Japan should accept the Allied reply as it stands and without further clarification or modification, but my own thoughts have not undergone any change. … In order that the people may know my decision, I request you to prepare at once an imperial rescript so that I may broadcast to the nation. Finally, I call upon each and every one of you to exert himself to the utmost so that we may meet the trying days which lie ahead.

In normal times in Japan that would have been that.  It was quite rare for the Emperor to so overtly intervene in a decision of the government, indeed it was forbidden under the then current Japanese constitution, but when he did, it would have literally been unthinkable for any Japanese not to instantly obey.  However, these were far from normal times.

The rest of the day was taken up with Hirohito preparing an address to his people and having a recording played to be broadcast on August 15, 1945.  Washington was advised that Japan had surrendered via the Japanese embassies in Switzerland and Sweden and the Allied world went wild with joy.

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September 2, 1945: Japan Surrenders

Sunday, September 2, AD 2012

Japan surrendered on a Sunday 67 years ago in 1945.  The above is the only color video of the surrender ceremony.  One of my uncles, a Navy enlisted man, was present in Tokyo Bay when the surrender occurred.  Below is a newsreel that conveyed the news to the American homefront:

Here is the speech given by General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan, that I believe deserves to be remembered today, as it still is relevant to the dangers facing Man:

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  • “The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature and all material and cultural development of the past two thousand years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”

    What MacArthur wrote is very true, but as a civilization we have actually regressed in our spiritual development, with untold millions abandoning the faith and embracing a de facto paganism of the Molochian sort. We will wither as a people if this continues.

  • Thank you for this Donald McClarey. It is beautiful.

  • When I see this I think of the young men who lost their lives in this war, and of those who knew and loved and missed them. What a terrible waste war is, but it will always be with us.

  • War, at best, is a dirty business. John Stark, victor at Bennington, in extreme old age proposed this toast that reminds us of the only reason we should engage in it: “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” .

  • When it comes to war, Marine Eugene B. Sledge said it best:

    “War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste.

    Combat leaves an indelible mark on those who are forced to endure it. The only redeeming factors were my comrades’ incredible bravery and their devotion to each other. Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive. But it also taught us loyalty to each other – and love. That esprit de corps sustained us.

    Until the millennium arrives and countries cease trying to enslave others, it will be necessary to accept one’s responsibilities and to be willing to make sacrifices for one’s country — as my comrades did. As the troops used to say, “If the country is good enough to live in, it’s good enough to fight for.” With privilege goes responsibility.””

  • Some, who have the privilege of having known, lived among, or more, having been raised, by men with outlooks such as Marine Eugene B. Sledge, John Stark, or Gen. Douglas MacArthur, must remember them, and always imagine their outlook on the nonsense of these days.