- 8 Aug 2005
You are assuming two things: that your idea of what is "right" is universal, and that a seven year stretch in a military prison is a death sentence.Because if things get rough and if his life is going to be in danger, seeking exile is the right thing to do? Do you really believe that he would go so far as to make himself a martyr for this cause? Do you really nice gaijin think that if he had a choice of being free in Japan to live his whole life with a fresh start vs. dying but having people believe that the US is corrupt?
what difference does that make?Do you really believe he has the same courage with an american upbringing?
I'm sorry, but I have NO idea where you pulled this from. I never mentioned anything about kamikaze pilots; in fact, I think that his heritage is probably the least important thing about his story. By the way, MacArthurism is a battle strategy, and McArthyism refers to strong anti-communist sentiments; neither seem to have a place in this discussion.Because nice gaijin, you are telling me that Watada would be willing to become a Kamikaze pilot to get his cause right now. I don't think a third generation Japanese-American would carry that kind of sentiment over 3 genertions being raised in the USA! I actually doubt that even modern Japanese would have enough honour to become a Kamikaze pilot today after McArthianism arrived to Japan.
Good for him, he is obviously not Lt. Watada.Nice Gaijin, I have not been to Japan before, but I am a fiance to a westernized Japanese, and I know that he said to me that as a Canadian, he would cover his *** if the **** hits the fan!
Which is why I'm confused that you would bring such an unrelated point up...His parents even told me that Kamikaze and Japanese pride days are long over!
again, you are equating his court martial to a death sentence. Since the charges brought against him do not include desertion, he doesn't have to face the firing squad. Also, from reading his statements, he seems more concerned with satisfying his own conscience about participating in what he considers an illegal war than getting his message out, or sacrificing himself for "the cause." And I can guarantee you that if being a "martyr" was his plan, running to another country and hiding from military justice would be pretty counter-productive.After Watada does his thing, why would it be wrong to seek exile, after he gets his message across? It is normal for anyone to chose life over death.
That's great that you know that about yourself.I want to tell you that I would not die for England or Canada myself.
this is a horrible stereotype, and I'll thank you not to say such ridiculous things.You know Nice gaijin, it may be that my fiance's pespective is coloured by the fact that he is Canadian. (And I am aware that Americans think Canadians are cowards too).
This seems to be unrelated to any topic at hand, so I'll leave it there.I am amazed that Canada doesn't have a union jack on the corner of its flag especially when Canada never rebelled against the British, and have been "Semper Fi" to the Crown! New Zeland, Australia, still have it, as England is still all Canadian's grandmother.
Again, that's YOUR choice to make for yourselfBut even in all this, let's say something got tough politically, and hypothetically, if I had to become American and renounce being English to live a life of safety, I would do so in an instant!
So, because some people dodged the draft and fled to foreign countries instead of accepting the consequences for their decision, we should permit the same flight from justice to any officer in a non-compulsory military who refuses their orders? Not only is it unlikely that Japan would grant asylum to an American fugitive, or that he would even be permitted to get to Japan in the first place, but Watada has made it clear that he knew what the consequences were when he made his choice to refuse his orders, and that he's not running anywhere. This might be a difficult concept to grasp, but not everyone is willing to abandon ship when the waters get rough.I am sure that you Americans would come crying back to the crown when the **** hits the fan! Americans even being proud of their declaration of independence, still would come crying back to the Commonwealth when some draft comes in, so I would give Watada a break if he choses to do the same except he is chosing Japan. It is the same logic, as many Americans who fled up north during Vietnam War? They cried back to Grandma! Wanted to declare interdependence instead of independence!