The Greek historian Thucydides, writing about the Peloponnesian War that destroyed the ancient Greek world, made a salient though rather cynical observation about the causes of historical events. Even though circumstances may change, human nature endures unchanged, and human fundamentals, especially moral and psychological factors, are at the core of all wars.
The West is again faced with another religiously inspired religio-statist enemy, akin the the Shinto inspired Imperialist Forces of WWII Japan, in the form of Radical Islamism. There is a historical solution that has proven to work in defeating such a threat. It is time that the Western democracies decide to stand together once more against another nascent evil.
Between 1889 and 1931, a cancerous tumor took root in the western Pacific Ocean. A nation of seventy million people systematically implanted, into their minds and their culture, an ideology of sacrifice to an Emperor-god. The cancer soon metastasized into a continental war, launched first against Manchuria in 1931, then against China in 1937. In 1941, a coordinated campaign of attacks was launched against the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, as well as the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaya, Indonesia, and the islands of Guam, Wake, and Midway. By 1942, the cancer had reached the Aleutian Islands, New Guinea, and Burma—and it threatened Australia, India, and the west coast of America. The seemingly invincible Japanese Empire of the Rising Sun controlled one-seventh of the earth’s surface.
By the end of 1945, however, the Japanese had lost it all. Surrounded by an impregnable armada, they lay prostrate before merciless American bombers. The best of their youth had killed themselves in suicide attacks. Their fleet was sunk. More than sixty cities had been firebombed. Two cities had been atom-bombed. They were militarily defeated and psychologically shattered, and they faced the possibility of a famine that could kill millions.
Rather than starvation, however, something entirely different followed. Over the next five years, under stern American guidance, and with zeal as great as that with which they had once armed for battle, the Japanese reformed their nation. They adopted a new constitution, purged their schools of religious and military indoctrination, and abandoned aggressive warfare. Imperial subjects became citizens; “divine” decrees were replaced with rights-respecting laws; rulers became administrators; feudal cartels became corporations; propaganda organs became newspapers; women achieved suffrage; and students learned the principles of self-reliance and self-government. Hiroshima, formerly the headquarters of a fanatical military force, became a world center for nonviolence. Those who had once marched feverishly for war now marched passionately for peace.
What stood between the attacks of 1941 and the rebirth of Japan as a civilized nation were five years of merciless warfare, the incineration by napalm and nuclear attack of nearly 400,000 Japanese civilians, an intransigent demand for unconditional surrender, and six years of postwar military occupation by the United States. The result was the most benevolent turnaround of an entire nation in history.
The victory over Japan remains America’s greatest foreign policy success. Today, we take for granted a peaceful, productive, mutually beneficial relationship with the Japanese people. But this friendship was earned with blood, struggle, and an unrepentant drive to victory. The beneficent occupation of Japan—during which not one American was killed in hostile military action—and the corresponding billions in American aid were entirely post-surrender phenomena. Prior to their surrender, the Japanese could expect nothing but death from the Americans.
If there is one historical event that every American should study, beyond the American Revolution and the Civil War, it is America’s victory over Japan in World War II. Even more than the victory in Europe in the same war—in which we divided Germany with the Soviets—the victory over Japan remains the cardinal example of a complete, unambiguous, and fundamentally unshared American military victory.
The story begins with the cultural background to the Japanese attacks, and finished with the intransigent American drive to victory.
The blueprint for victory is clear and unambiguous.
Identification of the enemy nations involved.
A formal declaration of war from Congress and allies
Pledges to achieve victory as quickly as possible, a goal that is defined as total and unconditional surrender
Total resolute offense against the center of the enemy’s power
- bombers obliterate dozens of enemy cities
- food is choked off, water storage destroyed
- his military is decimated,
- his industry is bombarded and resources strangled,
- his ships are sunk,
- his harbors are mined—
- his people are psychologically shattered
Psyops drop of leaflets telling the enemy population which cities could be next
Electronic cyber war isolates enemy leadership and cuts them off from their people.
Issue an ultimatum demanding total unconditional surrender
Issue the terms of that surrender. (We will not deviate from them. There are no alternatives. We shall brook no delay.)
Eliminate for all time the authority and influence of those who have deceived and misled the people
Call upon the enemy to proclaim now the unconditional surrender with the alternative as prompt and utter destruction
Enemy balks at the ultimatum, thermo-nuclear bombs are dropped on his cities
Accept unconditional surrender
Effect a pacification program with no aide unless and until there is total compliance.
Freedom of speech, of religion, and of thought, as well as respect for the fundamental human rights established. Demand and enforce the establishment of Civil Society with compulsory compliance for a generation
“Shintoism, insofar as it is a religion of individual Japanese, is not to be interfered with. Shintoism, however, insofar as it is directed by the Japanese government, and as a measure enforced from above by the government, is to be done away with. People would not be taxed to support National Shinto and there will be no place for Shintoism in the schools. Shintoism as a state religion—National Shinto, that is—will go . . . Our policy on this goes beyond Shinto . . . The dissemination of Japanese militaristic and ultra-nationalistic ideology in any form will be completely suppressed. And the Japanese Government will be required to cease financial and other support of Shinto establishments.”
Immediately thereafter directives were issued which terminated various educational platforms for the indoctrination of students into Shintoism, and fired their purveyors. Textbooks were re-written, and student education re-tooled to emphasize“the importance of challenging dogma, and of forming their own opinions.”
The threat of radical Islamism in the world is real. The precedent to totally eradicate a similar religiously inspired Politico-Statism has been set. Now all that is needed is the leadership to chart the course to victory over this evil Fascistic cult.
Bostom:Sayonara to Sharia 2008
Gifts from Heaven: The meaning of the American victory over Japan 1945 John David Lewis