ORIGINAL: Ian R
winners get to set the rules, sadly.
True that. Lemay's quote is one smugly made by a man who knows he is well out of legal reach. For that time anyway.
Another relatively common form of Allied misconduct was the treatment of enemy dead. In a particularly notorious incident, Life magazine published a picture of a young woman whose Navy officer boyfriend had sent her the skull of a Japanese soldier. This provoked outrage in Japan and was exploited by the Japanese government for propaganda purposes. It also provoked outrage in the United States, and senior commanders, including Nimitz, demanded that local commanders enforce field regulations against mistreatment of enemy dead. However, enforcement remained spotty and penalties were rarely severe.
The Navy officer who sent the Japanese skull to his girlfriend received no more than a letter of reprimand.
While, at the same time, the Japanese were executing captured allied airmen - and there is evidence that, in New Guinea, they actually ate some parts of the bodies such as the liver. The consumption of such human flesh was a festive ceremony in the officers' mess.
There is a good book on the bushido culture called "Warriors of the Rising Sun" by Robert Edgerton. The reference to the above is on page 16 of that book, with footnotes to EFL Russell, The Knights of Bushido:A short history of Japanese war crimes (published in 1958).
In New Guinea, they cut the meaty parts of the dead Allied soldiers. In China, they also the Chinese. On Chichi Jima, they killed American Naval flyers and ate their livers. George Bush was lucky that he was rescued, he was the last one rescued there - the rest were murdered and parts eaten, even though the Japanese were not starving.
A cannibal: A man who loves his fellow man
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child