Read this only with a barf bag readily available.
Interesting to see just how little the Hani cares about the suffering this creep inflicted on the POWs he abused. Lots about how a convicted Class B/C war criminal suffered, but precious little about his actual victims.
This is the part that left me most speechless:
Now recognized as a victim of Japanese forced mobilization, he receives 800 thousand Won ($692 USD) per year from the government as a health subsidy
A victim of Japan’s forced mobilization. Even though he volunteered. To be a prison guard. And he gets 800,000 won a year as a health subsidy. For abusing British, Australian and Dutch POWs.
Just when you think the hypocrisy and victimization complex truly can’t get any worse, the bar gets lowered. Incredible.
Said Mike Breen in a Korea Times piece in 2006:
They [the war criminals] were not tried as soldiers or POW camp guards who had done their jobs. They were tried for over-zealousness, for decisions and actions over and above the call of duty. They were the thugs, the brutes, the monsters, the most horrible of the “horrible people” my father’s friend knew. By what authority does the Truth Commission have to remove their individual responsibility with its class act defense of nationality? Such skewed morality led to the crimes against the lowest class _ “prisoners” _ in the first place. People who committed crimes against humanity are not innocent by virtue of being Korean any more than Japanese who brutalized Koreans are innocent by virtue of being Japanese.
I’ll also quote Oranckay:
What annoys me is that one hears sympathy for men who would be called collaborators if they had been working in prisons that held fellow Koreans during colonial rule. Their prisoners were (largely) white, however, so they are afforded as much understanding as possible. And they get to be called “victims.”
Heck, I’ll quote myself, too:
Had those men done what they did as guards at, say, Seodaemun Prison rather than the South Pacific or Southeast Asia, I doubt very much that a governmental commission would sympathize with the “double pain” they’d been forced to bear.