The Rape of Nanking

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.


On Comfort women:

Because most of the victims came from cultures that idealized chastity in women, even those who survived rarely spoke after the war – most not until very recently – about their experiences for fear of facing more shame and derision. Asian Confucianism – particularly Korean Confucianism – upheld female purity as a virtue greater than life and perpetuated the belief that any woman who could live through such a degrading experience and not commit suicide was herself an affront to society.


Power kills, and absolute power kills absolutely.

The less restraint on power within a government, the more likely that government will act on the whims or psychologically generated darker impulses of its leaders to wage war on foreign governments.


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