Friday, August 05, 2005
So this is the pride of the Tokyo anti-war museum - a steam locomotive from the Death Railway, where 150,000 'liberated' Thais and over 10,000 Brit/Dutch oppressors died making a railway to supply Rangoon with munitions for the war. It's worth remebering, the day before the 60th Hiroshima Japanese commemorations, that the Brits had only just liberated Rangoon by the end of the war. So why drop the bomb? To save British, Japanese and American lives (as well as Thai, Chinese, etc) - or to stop the wholesale occupation of North East Asia that Uncle Joe was rapidly establishing?