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A thought...

 A war that started on 28 July, ended on 15 August, if you take the long view.  The Second 30 Years War for Europe, if perhaps the first for the world at large.

And oh, the side-changing that went on...  and, one wonders if we're on the cusp of a new one, in the Middle East.

Sailor kissing a woman in Times Square VJ Day - Eisenstadt

After deeply pondering the general trends of the world and the current conditions of our Empire, I intend to effect a conclusion to the present situation by resorting to an extraordinary measure.

My subjects, I have ordered the Imperial Government to inform the four Governments of the United States, Great Britain, China and the Soviet Union that our Empire is willing to accept the provisions of their Joint Declaration.

The striving for peace and well-being of our imperial subjects, and the sharing of common happiness and prosperity amongst tens of thousands of nations is the duty left by our Imperial Ancestors, and I am the one who has not forgotten about this duty.

The Empire declared war against the United States and Great Britain for the desire to preserve, by ourselves, the Empire's existence in in East Asia and for the region's stability. As to the infringement of other nation's sovereignty and invasion of other territorial entities, those were not my original intent.

By now, the fighting has lasted for nearly four years. Despite the gallantry of our naval and land military forces, the diligence and assiduity of hundreds of civil service officers, and the public devotion and service of one hundred million of our people, the situation on the war has not turned for the better, and the general trends of the world are not advantageous to us either.

In addition, the enemy has recently used a most cruel explosive. The frequent killing of innocents and the effect of destitution it entails are incalculable. Should we continue fighting in the war, it would cause not only the complete Annihilation of our nation, but also the destruction of the human civilization. With this in mind, how should I save billions of our subjects and their posterity, and atone ourselves before the hallowed spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors? This is the reason why I ordered the Imperial Government to accept the Joint Declaration.

I, from the start, have worked with our various Allied nations towards the liberation of East Asia, and I cannot refrain from expressing my deepest sense of regret to our Allies. The thought of our Imperial subjects dying in the battlefields, sacrificing themselves in the line of duty, and those who died in vain and their relatives, pains my heart and body to the point of fragmentation.

As for the bearing of the wounds of war, the tragedies of war, and the welfare of the those who lost their families and careers, it is the objects of our profound solicitude. From today hereafter, the Empire will endure excruciating hardships. I am keenly aware of the feelings of my subjects, but in accordance to the dictates of fate, I am willing to endure the unendurable, tolerate the intolerable, for peace to last thousands of generations.

Having always protected the Imperial State in general, I rely on the loyal subject's integrity and sincerity, and I shall always be with you subjects.

If we become stimulated by sensations, and begin to engender needless complications, engage in fraternal contention and strike or create confusion, we will become astray and lose the confidence of the world. We must rally the nation, and continue from generation to generation to entrench the imperishability of this sacred state.

Aware of the heavy responsibility and the long road ahead, we must focus completely on the future's construction, follow strictly the ways of our noble morals with determination and resolution. We swear to foster and spread the glory and essence of our Imperial State, so we will not fall behind the evolution of the world. It is my hope that my subjects will understand my intentions
Short version: They kicked our a$$. It hurts. Their Navy is off the coast, ready to keep kicking us in the a$$. Please stop. My bad. One reason the Navy was off their coast? A nice, little representative example of decadent westerners? Rear Admiral Sprague's order: "Small boys - intercept." Three destroyers and three destroyer escorts went up against battleships and cruisers, in order to save the jeep carriers of Taffy 3, consisting of escort carriers USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70), USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68), USS Kitkun Bay (CVE-71), USS Saint Louis (CVE-63) and USS White Plains (CVE-66). They were escorted by the 'tin cans' USS Hoel (DD-553), USS Johnston (DD-557) and USS Heermann (DD-532), and the destroyer escorts USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), USS Raymond (DE-341), USS Dennis (DE-405) and USS John C. Butler (DE-339). They faced a force from the Imperial Japanese Navy consisting of 11 destroyers, 2 light and 6 heavy cruisers, and 4 battleships, including the Yamato, the largest battleship ever built. In the Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, they won. 'Nuff said. The Battle off Samar. Just one episode among many in the Pacific War. That lead to Victory over Japan.


World War II has not ended, it has simply been in hiatus. The Cold War made us think that the only unresolved issue was the Soviet Union and communism. Oh how naive we all were. Today we struggle to deal with issues from the First World War, World War II notwithstanding. The problem is that we all paid too much attention to our commie professors, even when we knew that their opinions were tainted by their love of mind altering drugs.
Jerry Pournelle was of the opinion that WW2 did not end on VJ day, but when teh Soviet Union fell. We did have some peace after that, but it was clear that things were not going to remain such.

Frankly, I'm of the opinion that if the Islamocrazies want to continue tugging our cape that we simply nuke Mecca, Medina, and the so called holy cities of the Shites and tell them we can do more if they so choose, or they could leave us and the rest of the world alone. Their choice.
Yes, QM, because murdering literally millions of innocent human beings is in our best interests.

Recall that we used the nukes because it would end up saving lives, given the alternative.

i fail to see a similar advantage today.

Quartermaster, I understand the anger and frustration behind the wish to nuke them.
I can't agree to the wholesale murder of millions of inocent people, and I believe that you can't either.
I would like to propose an alternate payload to the bombing mission: live pigs, precision droped inside the mosque courtyard.
I don't know wether that makes me as (or more) squishy as the Armourer.
Thanks Major for posting the Imperial Rescript as I do not recall every having read it in it's enterity.

Also James Hornfischer has a book out called Neptune's Inferno about the naval campaign in the Solomons after Guadalcanal.  Very interesting and IMHO well researched and written.

One other tip as it was, over at one of the posters has been posting the New York Times from 70 years ago.  The post for 8/15/44 has an interesting column by Hanson W, Baldwin on the German Army. Short version of column, the Germans may be down but are far from out.


Rich in KCK

 Ruh-roh.  You may have provoked the Centurion.  He's been following those postings, and we both have opinions about Hanson Baldwin and his biases...

This could get fun.



I understand where you are coming from Tenderfoot, but war is hell and the Iranians and Saudis are supporting a war against the west. It's sad that things work that way, but what do you do? Half measures simply enrage and the Islamocrazies understand only power.
Hanson Baldwin has gotten a little out of his element and it shows. Most of his writings about the Normandy Invasion were written from a Naval perspective of the campaign, he was especially keen to analyze the capture of Cherbourg from the perspective of the naval bombardment of the port. He seems somehow to have missed the role that simple infantrymen played in rooting out the Germans. Had they been Marines, his accounts would have been quite different.

Now that the fighting has moved away from the coast, he is at a little loss to explain the breakout from Normandy by the U.S. Army, a fighting force far inferior to the United States Marine Corps. Some strange affliction must be affecting the Germans, but they will recover, he is certain.