You may have thought that your Thanksgiving family fight left a mark on the souls of everyone present, yet, after reading this, you won't find it so harsh.
It was December of 1937, a year before the Holocaust really started gaining steam. China was engaged with a massive civil war, and were distracted from noticing the Japanese threat invading their land. After receiving their asses on cute little silver platters in Shanghai, the Chinese army decided to accept defeat and evacuate so as to defend the next city on the Japanese radar: Nanking.
Keep in mind that the Chinese army at this time was mostly untrained peasants, and were using weaponry like kung-fu grip, swords and grenades against tanks, navy fleets and aerial bombardment. With this in mind, and the Japanese soldiers felt fairly confident in their odds. Also reassuring: the droves of civilians fleeing Nanking as the Japanese approached.
After dropping leaflets announcing a 24-hour evacuation period for those not wishing to be brutally slaughtered, the Japanese recieved no response. Pure carnage ensued. It took a little under two days for the Chinese to be so badly beaten that the soldiers were stripping the clothes from civilians so as to blend in. having scared off or killed practically every Chinese soldier in the city, the mop-up efforts consisted of finding the soldiers dressed in civilian clothes and killing them.
What followed in the next six weeks will be hotly disputed among those historians with the stomach to talk about it. The Japanese got a little blood-crazy. The more or less offical body count was around 300, 000 noncombatant civilians.
And there's a reason why this event is also called the Rape of Nanking. The Japanese got a little rapey. There were about 20,000 women raped, and not the good kind of rape, which, surprisingly, I just typed. We're talking infants. Elderly. And once these classy gents had had their way with the lady, they would often finish them off to with a bayonet to the crotch.
Pornography too hardcore for even the internet.
John Rabe, the leader of the poorly-named Safety Zone outside the city, kept a diary of that period. He witnessed the Japanese forcing incest on the survivors. He witnessed celibate monks being forced to rape women. One gang-raped pregnant woman gave birth to a kid, which was then killed. The best sentence he used that sums up the massacre was "What you hear and see on all sides is the brutality and bestiality of the Japanese soldiers."
The best big band concerts end with a trumpet solo. Perhaps with this in mind, the Japanese army trumpetist played a nice little ditty that meant "Kill all Chinese who run away". Thousands were led to a mass-execution trench known as the "Ten-Thousand-Corpse Ditch". Most historians agree that the number of victims was more than 12,000.
Since we all know Japan to be slightly obsessed with concepts like pride, honor and shame, it's easy to see why many Japanese officials openly deny the event ever occurred.
This was an attack by the Us Army on some Moro villagers in 1906. These villagers basically lived in the crater of a volcano, on the Sulu Archipelago. On the one side, we have General Leonard Wood's 790 soldiers armed with mountain guns, grenades, and rifles. In this corner over here you have the 800 to 1000 Moro villagers, including women and children. The Moros tried futilely to defend themselves, then said "what the hell" and charged with what they had: kris (the traditional wavy-edged sword of the Moros) and spears.
The Mountain Gun: When Your Opponent Has Wavy Swords.
In modern terms, this would be like defending your city with Lady Gaga's voice. Sure, You could get some lucky shots and kill a few, but it's not really a melee weapon.
Out of the estimated 800 to 1,000 Moros at Bud Dajo, only 6 survived. These survivors were truly morose. Corpses were piled five deep, and many of the bodies had fifty wounds (which forensic experts agree is about 49 too many). American casualties were 21 killed, 75 soldiers with "owies".
When reports of the slaughter reached Washington, a minor shitstorm ensued when members of Congress-mainly Democrats hoping to embarrass the Republican Roosevelt-demanded an explanation. Through a crazy turn of events that none could have possibly seen coming, an official inquiry found the conduct of US troops "beyond reproach". When the War Department cleared the General Leonard Wood of any wrongdoing, the scandal faded as quickly as Kate Gosselin's dance career. For his part, Wood remained douchebaggedly unrepentant. ''Work of this kind," he wrote privately to Roosevelt, ''has its disagreeable side, which is the unavoidable killing of women and children; but it must be done." The president shook his head with a knowing smile.
And yet historians agree that the massacre at Bud Dajo accomplished, historically speaking, diddlyshit. The nameless dead were soon forgotten. Wood moved onward and upward in his politcal career, probably opening his speeches with jokes about killing babies. He was made Army chief of staff and eventually returned to the Philippines as governor-general. As far as America was concerned, the Moro "Rebellion" was a footnote in the Spanish-American War and was soon forgotten.
The government of Turkey, as well as some Turkish writers and nationalists, dispute this version of history, contending that the events of April 1909 were in fact an Armenian "rampage of pillaging and death" targeting the Muslim majority that "ended up with about 17,000 Armenian and 1,850 Turkish deaths."
Be thankful for the low resolution.
with the ease and skill of an otter having sex on a waterslide.
The disturbances were most severe in the city of Adana where a reported 4,437 Armenian dwellings were torched, resulting in the razing of nearly half the town and prompting some to describe the resulting inferno as a "holocaust." The outbreaks spread throughout the district and an estimated 30,000 Armenians were reported killed.
To this day the goverment of Turkey denies this attempted genocide.
The 228 incident, also known as the 228 massacre, was an anti-government uprising in Taiwan that began on February 27, 1947 and was violently suppressed by the Kuomintang government. Estimates of the number of deaths vary from ten thousand to thirty thousand or more. The Incident marked the beginning of the Kuomintang's "White Terror" period in Taiwan, in which thousands more Taiwanese vanished, were killed, or imprisoned. The number "228" refers to the day the massacre began: February 28, or 02-28.
Its the magic number.
The subject was officially taboo for decades. On the anniversary of the event in 1995, President Lee Teng-hui addressed the subject publicly, a first for a Taiwanese head of state. The event is now openly discussed and commemorated as Peace Memorial Day.
The Hama massacre occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian Army bombarded the town of Hama in order to quell a revolt by the Muslim Brotherhood. An estimated 7,000 to 40,000 people were killed, including about 1,000 soldiers, and large parts of the old city were destroyed. The attack has been described as possibly being "the single deadliest act by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East".
Even Saddam couldent belive it.
Western countries denounced the attack as a breach of human rights and a massacre, and the Hama massacre is often raised in indictment of the Assad regime's poor human rights record. Within Syria, mention of the massacre has been strictly suppressed, although the general contours of the events-and various partisan versions, on all sides-are well-known throughout the country. When the massacre is publicly referenced, it is only as the "events" or "incident" at Hama.