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  •  We imposed total and unambiguous defeat on Japan? (0+ / 0-)

    Is that why Hirohito reigned until 1989? Even in the case of WWII Germany, there were compromises to levels of denazification.

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      In the case of Hirohito the fact that he was "allowed" to continue in a purely ceremonial role underscores how complete the defeat was.  Here was a man who was a "god" on earth but then was reduced to simply occupying a chair and presiding over ceremonies.  Some would consider what was done to him as cruel and unusual punishment.

      As for the Germans, yes some former Nazi party members were allowed to have roles in the new Germany but it was extremely limited and they were never trusted.  Compare that to Jefferson Davis who spent two years in comfortable jail and then released to live a normal life.  He and the rest of the Southern leadership should have been hung in the public square.

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 02:45:01 AM PDT

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