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    HONOLULU (Reuters) - Former U.S. airman Jack DeTour, 92, and Japanese fighter pilot Shiro Wakita, 88, sworn enemies during World War Two, together poured whiskey from a battered canteen into Pearl Harbor on Sunday to commemorate the 1941 attack on the U.S. naval base.


    http://news.yahoo.com/pearl-harbor-c...004414592.html

    Jack DeTour and Shiro Wakita were once enemies, but on this day these two honorable men stand side by side,


    Dr. Hiroya Sugano(c), former World War Two B25 bomber pilot Jack DeTour(L) and former World War Two Japanese fighter pilot Shiro Wakita pour bourbon whiskey into the "Remembrance Well" aboard the USS Arizona Memorial during the "Blackened Canteen" ceremony honoring the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

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      "The soldiers seldom hate each other as much as the politicians would like."
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        That said, I bet at the time it was at least as much as the politicians would have liked, if not more. The Pacific War was one of the nastiest and most brutal of the 20th century and the hatred between the two sides, especially on the ground was extreme. Good to see they could get passed it though. Time will do that if you let it.
        "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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          Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
          That said, I bet at the time it was at least as much as the politicians would have liked, if not more. The Pacific War was one of the nastiest and most brutal of the 20th century and the hatred between the two sides, especially on the ground was extreme. Good to see they could get passed it though. Time will do that if you let it.
          Blinding hatred can make people stupid. Respecting your enemy's ability to fight is a much better attitude. This is one reason the most lurid propaganda posters done by the US were reserved for the home front. Disrespecting the enemy leads to underestimating them.
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            Absolutely true. I wasn't talking about the early war racial perception of the Japanese being small, weak, buck-toothed and stupid. I was talking about the hatred derived from the way they conducted the war. Fighting to the death, booby traps, torturing and killing prisoners, abusing the laws of war, suicide attacks and the like. You can respect your enemy as a dangerous and cunning opponent not to be taken lightly while still viciously hating him for being a excessively cruel and merciless. That sort of thing leads to a lot of no quarter fighting from both sides.
            "Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl." - Frederick the Great

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