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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

"Shortly before dawn on Aug. 15, 1945, a national broadcast alerted Japanese to expect a message from the emperor later that day. Across Japan, people waited in uncertainty to hear for the first time "the jeweled voice." Most expected that the emperor would urge them on to fight to the end. What they heard was a high-pitched voice speaking in archaic Japanese that many could not comprehend. It was only after a commentator explained that the emperor had agreed to surrender that they knew for certain that the war was over.

When the news reached Washington, the celebrations began immediately. But the formal ceremony ending the war had to wait until Sunday, Sept. 2, 1945, when Japan's official defeat was staged on the USS Missouri. The document signed by the representatives of the Allied Powers and Japan declared the unconditional surrender of the Imperial General Headquarters and all the armed forces under Japanese control. It also made the authority of the emperor and the Japanese government subject to U.S. General Douglas MacArthur's orders and commanded all civil and military officers to obey him. At the ceremony's conclusion, MacArthur moved to a microphone and began a radio address to a world audience. "Today the guns are silent," began the now famous message. "A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won."…"
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Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2020 12:41 p.m. PST

I think the author of this piece conflates war against a nation with war against a movement. Islamic Jihad does not have a border to cross, beaches to invade, an industrial base to destroy, and a capital city to occupy.

By definition, war against such opponents cannot be won by traditional, historical markers of victory. Perhaps it cannot be won at all, but the author's comparison of war against Imperial Japan and the War on Terror is flawed from the start.

Read this article and see what you think, but I think he's shoveling smoke.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2020 3:15 p.m. PST

You have a point my friend…


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