While I agree with the point you are attempting to make regarding Iraq, I would like to point out that many of the worst Japanese war criminals were not only NOT prosecuted for their atrocities, but they were, in fact, brought to the U.S. to live comfortably and work for the "American" government. As an example, one need look no further than General Shiro Ishii, commander of Japan's infamous biological weapons program in Tientsin, China, Unit 731. 2500 US POW's were held there; many of them were subjected to the most crude and cruel experimentation. Likewise, 300,000 Chinese noncombatant civilians died there as a result of being subjected to resistant strains of malaria, plague, etc. Several of the provinces near the camp still suffer from outbreaks of these resistant forms of disease even today. But, Ishii, despite live dissection of prisoners no less, was not prosecuted; he was hired by the US to help jumpstart our biological weapons programs. And, he is remembered in Japan as a war hero, complete with impressive stone monument. Yet, Ishii is no less a monster than was Werner Von Braun, creator of the V-1 and V-2 rockets that struck so much devastation and terror in England during the war. He, of course, is now celebrated as the father of NASA.
Actually, if you took a serious accounting, it would actually be hard to determine the number of war criminals who have been permitted to live and grow old, free from prosecution, in the U.S. The simple fact is only the most obvious targets are ever prosecuted for war crimes. Most of the worst war criminals in history escape justice and are only faced by whatever guilt, if any, that their own limited consciences can manage. Thus, it is unlikely that the worst criminals in the illegal occupation of Iraq will ever be brought to justice.
· 1 decade ago