Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Barbarity of War

A story from "Mili Lagoon in the Marshall Islands around the end of World War II" — `Japanese Killed Koreans for Resisting Cannibalism`. The story:
    The report said some 1,000 Koreans were forced to build military facilities for the Japanese, such as an airfield in the lagoon in early 1945. After supply routes were cut due to a blockade by U.S. submarines, the ensuing food shortage led to the Japanese resorting to cannibalism, and Koreans who refused to eat human flesh were killed.

    A survivor testified that Koreans ate whale meat brought by Japanese soldiers to the lagoon in early 1945, but that the corpse of a Korean whose flesh was cut on a nearby deserted land was found a few days later. Koreans who found that people went missing learned that Japanese soldiers killed them, ate the meat, and gave it to Koreans.

    Some 120 Koreans staying on Chelpong Island at the lagoon tried to lure seven of 12 Japanese supervisors to the woods to kill them and then surrender to the U.S. The resistance plan was discovered on the following day, however, and Japanese soldiers on nearby Luk Nok Island killed around 100 Koreans with machine guns.

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