In Which Weary Clyburn’s Life and Memory are Lost July 19, 2008 7 comments 7 comments… add one Matt McKeon July 19, 2008, 8:57 pm A couple of years ago I read an account of the battle for Okinawa, written by a Japanese officer who survived. In it he mentions “comfort women” several times, women, usually Korean, forced into prostitution to service Japanese military personnel. I am looking forward to an announcement by the Sons of the Imperial Army, lauding the Japanese army of World War II as both ethnically inclusive and pioneering the role of women in the military. Reply Billy Yank July 19, 2008, 9:16 pm It says the video is no longer available. Corey Reply Cash July 19, 2008, 9:31 pm Okay, so how could Clyburn’s “ancestors” be honored by this ceremony? This whole thing reeks of ignorance. Regards, Cash Reply Marc Ferguson July 19, 2008, 9:44 pm “To accept one’s past — one’s history — is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” – James Baldwin, _The Fire Next Time_ Reply Ken Noe July 19, 2008, 9:48 pm Matt: James Cobb used to give a talk that started with modern Japanese denials of war guilt and war crimes in World War II. Once he got the audience really up in arms about it, he started drawing comparisons to the Lost Causers. It was something to see.–Ken Reply ploeg July 19, 2008, 10:01 pm Well, there’s this piece from the 1974 Thames (UK) series, World At War, where this Japanese veteran talks about the comfort girls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2HANSA0oUE “Most of the comfort girls for the enlisted men were, many were Korean. And I must say, I respect all of them very much, because who else would come to the front lines to give us the last entertainment for us, for many of us, on this earth?” Reply Billy Yank July 19, 2008, 10:02 pm Nevermind…working now. Corey Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.