Will it have the courage to face up to the truth of its past, or will it hide from those truths in the desperate and foolish hope they will fade with time?"
He completely misses Japan's claim. Japan faced the past and that is why she apologized several times.
Will the U.S. have the courage to face up to the truth of the past, or will it hide from those truths in the desperate and foolish hope they will fade with time?
it appeals to Japan's good conscience to do the right thing by history, to do its duty to ensure that its children are fully aware of their country's bloody past, a burden that must be carried by every country
If the U.S. want Japan to reissue the apology, then the U.S. should issue her own apologies to the nations and people concerned.
Imperialism, Matt? Really?
The U.S. might not be Imperialist, but he misses liberal Japan's point for the objection. It objects to the resolution, for one thing;
It is sheer hypocrisy to be wagging one’s finger at other nations when one has yet to have looked critically at one’s own actions.liberal Japan
It seems Japan observer hasn't observed the U.S. sufficiently.
The time for debate about the hypocrisy of the US or whether it is within the duties of the Congress to pass such legislation is past; the resolution is on the books.
By the same token, the time for demanding Japan more apology is past;since, Japan issued several apologies.
Well, to be accurate, the time for the debate about the hypocrisy of the US is not past.
Not to be hypocrite, the U.S. needs to issue her own apologies to the formers prostitute GIs systematically exploited in Japan, in Korea, in Vietnam in the same way Japanese soldiers exploited the comfort women.
This resolution's passage ought to mean the end of hysterical rhetoric about how the US Congress is bullying poor Japan
It is this resolution that is the hysterical.
His linked site is also telling.
The effort also demonstrated the growing political maturity of the Asian American community, especially Korean American. Asian American volunteers and the human rights groups, coordinated by two young Korean American Washington lobbyists, were able to bring the message to individual congressman and sign up a record 168 co-sponsors.
The writer should have written, "the effort also demonstrated the growing hypocrity of ...."
In addition, the Congress believes in the importance of the U.S. Japan alliance to help maintain stability in East Asia.
It shows how much you can be hypocritical.
Anyway I think Japan should take no notice of the resolution and wait and see how the U.S will deal with her own past crimes ....and let's learn from her.
On a side note, I don't think in general Americans are hypcritcal;on the contrary,there are many sincere and self-critical Americans.