‘Are the teachings of historical past apparent?’
HAPPY birthday, Tetsuwan Atomu! Born April 7, 2003, the world’s first robotic with a coronary heart (at the very least in Tezuka-verse) is a product of Japan’s Science Ministry endowed with 100K horsepower energy, jet flight, excessive depth lights in his eyes, adjustable listening to, instantaneous language translation, retractable machine gun in his hips, and excessive IQ able to figuring out if an individual is sweet or evil.
Within the Japan of our actuality, Hybrid Assistive Limb powered exoskeleton fits are commercially obtainable and the “Mighty Atom” is a science fiction hero of a collection of manga and anime created by Tezuka Osamu, MD.
The humanoid Astro Boy (regardless of being powered by atomic fusion) cuts a tragic determine with daddy points, struggling persecution by discriminatory people, but champions justice for all. In our actual world, the “Captain Atom” collection in “Shonen” led to Japan’s first TV animation craze, with the comics character finally getting named as Japan’s envoy for abroad security (circa November 2007). [Frederik L. Schodt. The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution. Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press, 2007]
The prolific creator of Astro Boy additionally penned “Message to Adolf” — an extended Manga that options three males who coincidentally have the identical first title of “Adolf” set in each Japan and Germany throughout World Conflict II, which had appeared serially in a weekly journal for adults (Shukan Bunshun). The importance of the hard-core social drama of “Message to Adolf” based on Japan’s “god of manga” himself: “In a large number of films, cartoons, and Manga, Hitler is depicted as a logo of large-scale bloodbath, racial discrimination, and conquest. However Hitler was not a singular demon; in reality, the darkness represented by ‘Hitler’ exists in all of our hearts. As soon as we start to assume that our personal beliefs or wishes take priority over the lives of different folks, it could be the awakening of the ‘Hitler’ inside us. It is very important face head-on the ‘Hitler inside’ with out operating away, and to beat it. That is how we will create a really wealthy, peaceable society.” [https://tezukaosamu.net/en/message/ruin.html#p02]
That’s a technique of trying on the relevance of the Second World Conflict, which was a subject raised on the newest Lido Wednesday Roundtable (moderated by Melo Acuna) held 07 April 2021. We replied by quoting Primo Levi: “Each Age Has Its Personal Fascism.” We should always add: “The world will lengthy bear in mind the epic wrestle that Filipino and American troopers put up within the jungle fastness and alongside the rugged coast of Bataan. They’ve stood up uncomplaining beneath the fixed and grueling hearth of the enemy for greater than three months. Besieged on land and blockaded by sea, lower off from all sources of assist in the Philippines and in America, the intrepid fighters have performed all that human endurance might bear.” [Radio Broadcast Message, As Written By Captain Salvador P. Lopez]
“We, too, have been betrayed by Judases. We have been taken within the evening by pressure of arms, and although we had performed unsuitable to no man, our folks have been certain and delivered into the palms of our enemies. Now we have been with mock symbols of sovereignty, denied by weaklings…” [Delivered By Third Lieutenant Normando Ildefonso “Norman” Reyes On The “Voice Of Freedom” Radio Broadcast, April 9, 1942, Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor]
But “no human pressure shall suffice to carry us in subjection, we will rise within the title of freedom and the East shall be alight with the glory of our liberation.”
The denouement of 09 April 1942 has turn out to be the linchpin of the Philippine nationwide vacation of Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan) and it resonates, rankles and rolls as we learn of the 2 latest statements of Delfin N. Lorenzana, Secretary, Division of Nationwide Protection:
“The Chinese language Ambassador has quite a lot of explaining to do. As of our newest maritime and aerial surveillance, there are nonetheless forty-four (44) Chinese language vessels which might be in Julian Felipe Reef. I’m no idiot. The climate has been good to this point, in order that they don’t have any different motive to remain there.
These vessels must be on their method out. Umalis na kayo diyan.”
“The utter disregard by the Chinese language Embassy in Manila of worldwide regulation particularly the UNCLOS to which China is a celebration is appalling. Its nine-dash line declare is with none factual or authorized foundation. This, along with its so-called historic declare, was flatly and categorically rejected by the arbitral tribunal…The continued presence of Chinese language maritime militias within the space reveals their intent to additional occupy options within the West Philippine Sea. They’ve performed this earlier than at Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc and at Panganiban Reef overtly violating Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights beneath worldwide regulation.”
All these additionally call to mind the eightieth anniversary of the Liberation of Massawa when the Axis hold-outs (40,000-man garrison) surrendered on April 8, 1941.
This African Massawa (not the Philippine Limasawa made well-known by the Magellan Expedition) was the home-port for the Axis (Italian Royal Navy’s Purple Sea Flotilla) and its possession was essential to make the Purple Sea a secure provide route for the Allies: “Massawa was attacked from the north and the west. The tenth Indian Infantry Brigade moved ahead throughout the evening of seven/8 April and occupied a part of the ridge operating west and barely north of Sign Hill with out opposition. At first gentle the assault began with artillery assist. The Italians have been sturdy in artillery and made some present of protection however their troops had little coronary heart. Though the Italian defenses have been elaborate numerous them surrendered and have become prisoners. The tenth Indian Infantry Brigade pushed on steadily and took Sign Hill and Pts. 66 and 51. The seventh Indian Infantry Brigade had some problem at first because it encountered heavy artillery hearth. Nonetheless, it managed to get on alongside the ocean coast and its carriers have been the primary to enter Massawa. The assault of the Brigade d’ Orient was launched at 0630 hours and by 1120 hours Fort Vittorio Emanuele was captured. Massawa surrendered quickly after and at 1400 hours the Admiral commanding Massawa made submission to the Common Officer Commanding fifth Indian Division… On the Italian facet, 10,000 males have been taken prisoners. They included Admiral Bonetti commanding Italian Forces in Massawa.”
Are the teachings of historical past apparent?