Friday, September 22, 2006

When is nationalism bad?

After reading the Posts article on the next possible Japanese Prime Minister , I couldn't help but be a little concerned. It angers me and frighten me that this may be the next PM in Japan. Ignoring the past is dangerous. Rewriting the past is just malicious. It seems that the Japanese can honor War Criminals and suffer no consequence. Would it be OK if the German Prime Minister paid her respect at the grave of somebody like Himmler? No! There would be an international outrage. So why is it OK to honor Generals and leaders that masterminded the Bataan Death march, Rape of Nanking, "scientific testing" on POWs, plus many many more? I don't see a problem with being proud of ones country. But when nationalism clouds how one treats other people, there can be problems.


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