What’s going on with the heads of mighty world air forces lately?
The chief of Japan’s air self-defense forces, General Toshio Tamogami, was fired on Friday because he won — of all things — an essay contest with a 3 million yen (about US$30,500) prize sponsored by a rich Japanese real estate developer.
Actually, winning the essay contest might have been okay if the general hadn’t rewritten history in the process, making the bizarre claims that 1) Japan was a non-aggressor in the “Great East Asia War”, 2) countries such as Thailand, Burma and Singapore fondly remember their invasion and occupation by Japan’s military and 3) Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chiang Kai-Shek conspired to force Japan to attack Pearl Harbor.
Unfortunately, only about half of the six-page essay is available to read in English on the real estate developer’s web site, but even that is still an absorbing — if incredibly disturbing — read.
For a kicker, Tamogami’s written musings appear as Japan “self-defense” force continues to press for the authority to buy the Lockheed Martin F-22.