REVISIONISM and the BATTLE OF MANILA Feb 5, 2021 12:10:01 GMT 8 Karl Welteke, wwalker, and 1 more like this
Post by EXO on Feb 5, 2021 12:10:01 GMT 8
I have long fought revisionism. History, unfortunately, has become a tool, not a way to accurately record the past, but a way to shape the future. Using it to manipulate the future is the justification of socialist narrative.
The genesis of revisionism of the Battle of Manila is the book "The Case of General Yamashita" by A. Frank Reel (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1949). In it Reel, one of the six counsel for Yamashita, re-argued his submissions with the benefit of hindsight, dollops of authorial infallibility, and lightning fast editorial scissors, crafting a persuasive meme that continues to attracts a coterie of partisan intellectuals of following generations.
Reel's argument relied on a series of false assumptions - chief among them that Yamashita never intended the battle to play out as it did, that he was hamstrung by poor communications and control, that the troops remaining in Manila went "rogue", and that none of the evidence directly linked him to what occurred. Also argued were the legal defenses that (a) the military tribunal was not a proper tribunal (b) the charges did not state that Yamashita had committed, authorized or knew of any atrocities, and that the tribunal's rules did not guarantee a fair trial.
The Case of General Yamashita: A Memorandum (presented here) was written in November 1949 by U.S. Army Brigadier General Courtney Whitney and represents a stinging rebuttal to Reel (and, years later, his acolytes) taking exception to Reel’s use of the dissenting opinions in the Yamashita decision to “support his post-judicial contention that Yamashita was irregularly tried and unjustly executed.”
Those who seek a better argued and balanced view of Command Responsibility than Reel's might consult Maj. William H. Parks paper, also available at this site.
Reel, a labor union lawyer from Boston, became more trenchant in his views as the years passed, and by 1974 was asserting that General MacArthur had scripted the trial and the verdict. He was active in Democratic politics, which should come as no surprise.
Courtney Whitney, described by William Manchester, as an "ultraconservative Manila corporation lawyer", co-drafted the Constitution of Japan. He continued to practice law after retiring from the Army with the permanent rank of Major General.
Remarkably, no agency of the United States is official repository of the trial record. This observation, by Whitney himself, contributes to my view that there are well-funded efforts from within the United States seeking to pervert historical truth, not propagate it. Lately, the greatest tool against History has become the primacy of "Big Tech." I fear, though, I am fighting a rearguard action against Globalist Utopianism. Globalism is the freedom to structure commercial relationships and social enterprises without reference to the well-being of the particular society in which they happened to make their livings and raise their children. Globalism is not far from gangsterism. Facebook, to my mind, has lately become the most dangerous attack on political freedom that ever was.