We went to an air show at Pease. I had never been to one and found it moderately interesting. I did learn something new about the Doolittle Raid which I thought I would pass on.
The Japanese have been a civilised people – they have a low crime rate now, they have a great sense of civic responsibility and all that. So I was mostly unsurpised to read about their response to the attack, specifically designed to decrease their morale and increase ours. They captured some of the crew members when they went down, and put them on trial for war crimes. That’s a stretch, of course, to call regular acts of war a war crime, but the accusation was that our guys had strafed some civilians. They convicted and executed three of the eight, gave life imprisonment to the others. Heck, they even put some of their own officers on trial for not treating our prisoners well enough, and convicted them. So, not quite top shelf treatment and response, but bad things happen in war, and the US has not been above trumping things up and skirting the edges ourselves at time. So all the same, then.
One more thing: the Japanese also executed 250,000 Chinese people for assisting us by allowing the planes to land there.
Can we please remember stuff like that whenever we are getting all worked up about how awful the US is and how far beneath the standards of decent individuals we supposedly are? Because teensy details like this seem to be left out of the discussion whenever we are discussing colonialism, imperialism, and our general bullying attitude in the world. Compared to what? Should be the next thought, you see.