Japanese security deal - my Grandma would shoot Howard
Howard is signing a joint declaration on security with the Japanese
Personally I see no problem with it. But my grandparents would kill Howard on sight. In doing this he lost the vote of anyone who fought against Japan in the world war. Lucky for Howard both my grandfathers and one of my grandmothers are dead, leaving only one Grandmother alive to kill him.
I never understood why my grandparents were so hateful towards the Japanese. Our generation hasn't been in a serious war where there is any chance of us loosing or suffering any significant loss.
It was explained to me though one day, my Grandma was a nurse and was to serve in a specific section of the Australian group of nurses working in the war. However, she became pregnant with my Dad's older sister (eldest in the family). So she could not serve.
The group of nurses she would have served with were executed by Japanese soldiers in the Banka Island Massacre of 1942.
Had she of not been pregnant with my Dad's older sister and been excluded from the team, she would have died along with the other Nurses in the surf that day and my Dad would never have been born.
This story was told to me when I was a youngster, maybe it was bull****, maybe she wasn't assigned to that group and the example was given to me to help me understand her hate towards 'the Japs.' More than likely it's true, I haven't asked my Dad now that I'm an adult for the exact details. I guess it really doesn't matter, the story true or false helped me understand her.
Being a warm hearted kid, I could understand a little as to why she hated Japanese people so much, given the photos I was shown of war and other stories from both my Grandparents, but I felt my place was to connect with my generation of Japanese people and make a different future for ourselves. She had to nurse Aussies wounded by Japanese soldiers and both my Grandfathers suffered horribly health wise as a result of that war.
Seeing photos of beheaded people that my Grandfather had as original photos he took for himself... he only told me a little of the war with 'the Japs.'
Bellow is an overview of what happened that day on the beach to the nurses my Grandmother was apparently going to die with, had she not been pregnant with my Auntie Anne.
It's pretty hard to make heads or tails of the wars being waged today, where Australian soldiers are serving. The news tells us we should find an enemy in one group or another depending on where the winds of U.S. foreign policy shift.
I have no commentary to say you should hate one group or another, or fight for peace. We are all worried about what the future will hold and who will make decisions for us on all this stuff and how much bull**** we will be fed to get us to hate one group or another.
All I hope is our generation will question more than is polite or right and challenge what is presented to us more and demand more for Australia from our politicians. Back then in my Grandparent's time war was clear cut as to who to fight, how and when... and subsequently who to hate because of the horrors of war. But it's different for us today... they want us to hate first.
Having seen photos of beheaded soldiers and told by my Grandparent's that our family - we - hate Japs that i am only alive today because my Grandma got pregnant and was saved from execution by 'the Japs' I'm supposed to hate them.
But I don't, my parents don't either. Japanese people are just people from another country. Same with Germans, our generation today is different to theirs.
Is it that enough time has gone by? That enough details of the horrors of war were kept from us? That Japan makes Australia tens of billions today that we should become their 2nd closest protector behind the U.S.?
I'm confused. I'm more than happy to be mates with Japanese people, despite my Grandparents but the bigger question is... are we doing this just because the U.S. wants a stronger footing in the region against China?
Anyways, here is the overview of my Grandmother's alternate fate:
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