Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Countryman, Feb 20, 2006.
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From The Times
Japan sees it self as the victim, it considers it was forced in a war and Japan will never apologies for it's state sponsored actions.
Now The US is encouraging a rearming of Japan and they are on the rise again.
Remember the jap theory was that there was going to be a compromise peace treaty so there had to be some accounting (even if numbers only) for the ABDA POW's. For the local's they would be servants of the empire - no need to account for them.
The Allied War Grave is a touching site, maintained to the high standard that one has come to expect.
The journey to rail end is not easy to forget especially the wooden tresell above the Kwai Noy River which the train covers as very slow speed.
We had a lenthy discusion on the Bangkok-Burma railway on one of the Thai nightlife forums some years ago and the question of why it was pulled up with indecent haste at war end came up.
I asked former Major Roy Hudson RE a resident where I live if he knew anything on the matter as he was a Sapper had been heavily involved in Railways, destruction of from 42-43 and reconstruction from 44 onward. He had learned to drive Locos and like to style himself Railway Engineering Officer Central/Southern Burma. He had finished the war as Major OC Company and then been sent to Siam/Thailand to help disarm the jap with an Indian Army Division in 45.
After some thought he said the line was built to wartime emergency standards and even in those days No One would have authorised its use for a peacetime service. A complete exspensive rebuild would have been nessasary.
In order to build the line so quickly the jap had ripped up a Malaya railway line going from Central to North East Malaya complete with all infrastructure and Malaya wanted it's line back.
The Thai's where not happy having the classic invasion route, to central Thailand, from traditional enemy Burma open with a functioning railway.
And the Brits where a seafaring nation and British maratime commerce did not want a competitor in the form of a railway.
So the line was ripped up amd only what the Thais wanted was left.
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