Monday, April 11, 2005


Apparently there was a hubub in China recently over a Japanese history textbook which glossed over Japanese actions in China during WWII (attrocities). Protestors in several Chinese cities marched over the weekend and some even threw stones at the Japanese embassy. The Japanese ambassador wants reparations and an apology from the Chinese government.

While I believe it's important not to forget the past so that we don't repeat the mistakes in the future, and I certainly don't hold with ignoring attrocities since a repetition of those events is even more undesireable, there are probably more important issues, issues we can do more positive good for more immediately, to get really, stone throwing worked up over. Hunger, destruction of the environment, human rights violations, grinding poverity, etc.


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