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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Bataan Day

This is a national legal holiday in the Philippines, in commemoration of the disastrous World War II Battle of Bataan in 1942, in which the Philippines fell to the Japanese. It is also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, or Heroes Day. Also remembered on this date are the 37,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers who were captured, and the thousands who died during the infamous 70-mile "death march" from Mariveles to a Japanese concentration camp inland at San Fernando. Ceremonies are held at Mt. Samat Shrine, the site of side-by-side fighting by Filipino and American troops. More...
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:14:00 AM
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We should never forget this day.

The cruelty of their captors is unspeakable.

Even today, the nation of their captors refuses to completely admit -- much less apologize -- for some of its inhuman actions (e.g., what it did in Nanking).
curmudgeonine
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:40:04 AM

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One of the many atrocities of the second world war
Haz
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:54:54 AM

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I find it so two-faced that westerners demand apologies for atrocities committed by other races when the West has refused to recognize or admit to so many of it's own atrocities.
omicrom
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 9:35:04 AM

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Haz wrote:
I find it so two-faced that westerners demand apologies for atrocities committed by other races when the West has refused to recognize or admit to so many of it's own atrocities.

Yes, every nation, culture or whatever you want to call it, has too much to be ashamed of. Being human is not quite much to be proud of if you look back. I'm becoming a misanthropist lately.;)
Marguerite
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:42:25 AM

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I can certainly identify with the sentiments of both Haz and Omicrom. Tell me who is more cruel than human left to run amok?
danielledane
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:28:39 PM
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You can't fairly imagine how far they marched. Thousands of people died and were unable to survive. Thats why "Filipinos are worth dying for" cause of our countrymen experienced from the hands long before the regime of colonization they were so cruel to filipinos and had issues on racial discrimination. However all those foreign blood who "touched" our lives somehow brought good sides that have been carried to us up to now. I'm a proud Filipina.

Just sharin...
monamagda
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:06:12 PM

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John Jacob Beck, wrote in his book "MacArthur and Wainwright: Sacrifice of the Philippines",“A Filamerican force of 140,000 men had been defeated. More than seven million Filipinos had been enslaved by the invader. The United States had failed in its political and moral commitment to defend the Philippines, and more than 20,000 American officers and enlisted men had been either killed or captured. It was the worst military defeat in the history of the US armed forces.”
Haz
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3:02:38 PM

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As a member of the world community with heritage from every nation (as are we all really), I feel I can 'criticize' and 'praise' every nation, equally. I hope no one minds.
kenturner1
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:01:45 PM

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Interesting holiday. Thanks.
karia h
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:12:27 PM
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omicrom wrote:
Haz wrote:
I find it so two-faced that westerners demand apologies for atrocities committed by other races when the West has refused to recognize or admit to so many of it's own atrocities.

Yes, every nation, culture or whatever you want to call it, has too much to be ashamed of. Being human is not quite much to be proud of if you look back. I'm becoming a misanthropist lately.;)





I completely agree.
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:28:29 AM
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omicrom wrote:
I'm becoming a misanthropist lately.



A very wise decision, indeed.

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