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Syria 4 years on シリア4年後

Syria 4 years on シリア4年後

英国では、Mother’s Day 母の日ですが、、、
Syrian Civil War シリア内戦の始まりとされている
抗議デモがダマスカス ( Damascus ) や アレッポ( Aleppo ) などで

Syria crisis: 4 years on│14 million children in danger

Syria crisis: Four years on│Safa’s story

BBC News | Syria ‘failed by UN Security Council’, say aid agencies


Protest in London marking 4th anniversary of Syrian Civil War


上のニュースのBBC超有名ジャーナリストJeremy Bowenが、先月
President Bashar al-Assad ( バッシャール・アル=アサド大統領 )に
インタビューをし、BBC Breakfastという朝のワイドショーから
BBC24ニュースチャンネルまで、その一部 ( 主に、樽爆弾の部分 ) が
繰り返し報道され、インタビュー全体も、BBC ニュースのサイトだけでなく
オンデマンドのBBC iPlayer、ついでYouTubeでも配信されました。

Syria conflict: BBC exclusive interview with President Bashar al-Assad (FULL)


Syria President Assad interview with BBC – Full text

ちなみに、上の動画は、Question1 から始まります。

President Assad interview with BBC – Full text

President Bashar al-Assad has undertaken an interview with the BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen. You can find the full interview on the BBC website here.

The full text of the interview as published on the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is as follows:

“President al-Assad to BBC News: we are defending civilians, and making dialogue


Interview given by H.E. President Bashar al-Assad to BBC News, following is the full text:

Welcome to a BBC News Special. I am Jeremy Bowen. I am in Damascus, in the Presidential Palace, the complex which overlooks Damascus city; and here we have been interviewing the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.

Question 1: Mr. President, you’ve lost control of large areas of Syria. The jihadist group that calls itself Islamic State has emerged. There are perhaps 200,000 Syrians dead, millions have lost their homes. The UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has called this the most serious humanitarian crisis in the world since the Second World War. Has Syria become a failed state?

President Assad: No, as long as the government and the state institutions are fulfilling their duty towards the Syrian people, we cannot talk about failed states. Talking about losing control is something completely different. It’s like if you have an invasion of terrorists coming from abroad, and the government is doing its job in fighting and defending its country.

Question 2: Can we briefly go back to when all this started in 2011? You said that there were mistakes made in the handling of those early demonstrations. Did you make mistakes yourself?

President Assad: No, I never said we made mistakes in handling this. I always say that anyone could make mistakes, but there’s a difference between-

Question 3: Did you make mistakes?

President Assad: There is a difference between talking, or asking your question, about policies and about practice. There’s a big difference. If we go back to polices, we took the decision to fight terrorism from the very beginning, we took the decision to make dialogue on the national level, and I think those policies are correct. While, if you want to talk about mistakes in practice and that some mistakes were committed towards some civilians, that happened from time to time, and some people were punished for these mistakes.

Question 4: But you didn’t make mistakes personally in the handling of the crisis?

President Assad: I said every person makes mistakes every day, otherwise if you deny the mistakes; you deny the human nature of the people.

Question 5: You talked about the influence of terrorism, as you called it, from the very beginning, but I was able as a reporter to go to some of those early demonstrations inside Damascus, in areas outside as well, and people there were not saying they wanted an Islamic caliphate. They were saying they wanted freedom, democracy, not the kind of vision that IS have now for the country. Do you think you’ve got it wrong?

President Assad: You in the West called it, at that time, and some still talk about that period as “peaceful-demonstration period” and I will tell you that during the first few weeks, many policemen were killed, shot dead. I don’t think they were shot dead and killed by the sound waves of the demonstrators. So, it was just a fantasy to talk about this. We have to talk about facts. From the very beginning, the demonstrations weren’t peaceful. Some who joined those demonstrations, they wanted democracy, that’s true, but that’s not the general case. This is first. Second, you’re talking about 140 – the highest number of demonstrations in one day, all over Syria – 140,000. Let’s make it one million, let’s say I’m minimizing the number. I’m not, but let’s say that. Make them one million. One million from 24 million Syrians is nothing.

Question 6: Now, in 2012, I spoke – I was in Duma which is a suburb of Damascus, as you know, which has been held by armed groups, armed rebel groups – and I spoke to a man there who said he defected from the Syrian Army and this is a quote, he said “I’ve escaped because I can’t see my people, my Syrian family, being killed by our hands,” and he meant the hands of the Syrian Armed Forces. Do you think that some of the activities of the Syrian Army helped create the nightmare that Syria is in right now?

President Assad: If you’re talking about the conflict taking the military shape, any war is a bad war, and in any war you have civilian casualties. That’s why every war is a bad war. So, you cannot talk about a benign war without casualties. It could have happened, but it was not policy. When you talk about governments, you talk about policy. What decisions we make on a political level? As I said; fighting terrorism, defending civilians, we are defending civilians, and making dialogue. And if we were the one who killed our people, as they said, how could we withstand four years while the people are against us, supposedly, and the West, and the regional countries, and I spent four years in my position with the government, with the army, with the institutions, without public support? That’s impossible. That’s mentally unpalatable.

Question 7: When you talk about terrorism versus what you represent, I mean, you know the accusation that has been made, that you have concentrated your forces in recent years against the non-jihadist parts of the armed resistance, the armed opposition to you, and that you have tried to give the Syrians, essentially, a false choice between you and between the likes of Al Qaeda and Islamic State, by trying to eliminate the middle ground. Perhaps it’s worked well as a political tactic, hasn’t it? Was that your idea?

President Assad: Anyway, Obama answered your question when he said a few months ago that waiting for, or depending on, what they called- the so-called moderate opposition, was a fantasy. It was but a dream. This is reality. So if I want to-

Question 8: They’re still trying to build up what they call this moderate opposition, aren’t’ they? But this time to fight against the Islamic State.

President Assad: But they said it’s a fantasy, he said it’s a fantasy, we all know it’s a fantasy. Even in the Western media outlets, they are talking about the ISIS, and al-Nusra, and Al Qaeda affiliates, organizations and groups prevailing. It doesn’t happen suddenly. It’s illogical, unrealistic to suddenly shift from moderate to extremist. They have the same grassroots.

Question 9: I’ve met some of those fighters, and they’ve said to me explicitly “we are not extremists, we are not Al Qaeda, we are not ISIS.” They’ve said “if Islamic State came here, they’d kill us.” I met one group last year, actually in Damascus, who said “we’d like a country a bit more like Malaysia or Turkey.” I mean, that is not jihadist, that is not dangerous, is it?

President Assad: So, why did the so-called moderate opposition evaporate? That is the question. If you have answered-

Question 10: Some say that’s because you’ve attacked them. Because you’ve killed them.

President Assad: Why didn’t we attack the extremists, like ISIS?

Question 11: That’s my question. Have you attacked them in the same force?

President Assad: You can say that the government and the President are shooting themselves in the foot. We ask the ISIS and al-Nusra to attack our military bases, to kill our soldiers, to kidnap our supporters, in order to eliminate the moderate opposition. Is that realistic? Nobody can accept it.

Question 12: I’ve spent time on the frontline with soldiers from the Syrian Army who insisted that they were patriotic, that they were patriots, they weren’t cold-blooded killers, but I’ve also interviewed people, and so have many other journalists and human rights people and so on, who say that they have suffered badly at the hands of Syrian soldiers. They can’t all have been lying, surely.

President Assad: How, how surely? Why are you sure?

Question 13: Well, because the weighted testimony, Human Rights Watch for example, 30th of January this year, has said that forces loyal to Bashar Assad, “have deliberately and viciously attacked civilians in opposition-held areas using indiscriminate weapons, notoriously barrel bombs.”

President Assad: This is a childish story they keep repeating in the West.

Question 14: It’s childish?

President Assad: Childish. Why? Again, if somebody who’s against his people, and against the regional powers, and the great powers, and the West, and survives, how? If you kill the Syrian people, do they support you, or do they become against you? As long as you have the public support, it means that you are defending the people. If you kill the people, they will be against you. That’s common logic, common sense.

Question 15: What about barrel bombs? You don’t deny that your forces use them?

President Assad: I know about the army. They use bullets, missiles, and bombs. I haven’t heard of an army using barrels or maybe cooking pots.

Question 16: Large barrels full of explosives and projectiles which are dropped from helicopters, and explode with devastating effect. There’s been a lot of testimony about this thing.

President Assad: They are called bombs. We have bombs, missiles, and bullets.

Question 17: But you wouldn’t deny that, included under the category of bombs, are these barrel bombs, which are indiscriminate weapons?

President Assad: No, there are no indiscriminate weapons. When you shoot, you aim, and when you aim, you aim at terrorists in order to protect civilians. Again, if you’re talking about casualties, that’s war. You cannot have war without casualties.

Question 18: There are always casualties in war, and civilians die as well, but it is the responsibility under international humanitarian law for belligerents from both sides to do everything they can to protect civilians, and the accusation against the Syrian Army is that by using barrel bombs, indiscriminate weapons – and Staffan de Mistura, again, the UN envoy, he’s talked about the constant fear of barrel bombs – means that you are not respecting humanitarian law by protecting your own people. What do you say to that?

President Assad: First of all, we’ve been attacked in Damascus and in Aleppo, we’ve been attacked by rebels, not vice versa. They’ve been attacking the Syrians with mortars, so you have to retaliate and defend your people. That’s self-evident. Second, again, you are talking about somebody, the government, who is killing its people, and the people supporting the government. This is contradiction. There’s no logic. But answer, how can you have support and kill people at the same time?

Question 19: Of course you have many supporters among part of the Syrian population, but in areas held by the rebels, the accusation is your people have used indiscriminate weapons which they may well have attacked places where there are armed rebels, but because there are civilians there, civilians have also died, and if you used less indiscriminate weapons, like barrels bombs, then this kind of thing would not be happening.02

President Assad: During the war, you can have any kind of incrimination, any kind of allegations, every party could blame the others, but you have to talk about the reality. The families of those fighters, they came to the government in order to have refuge, not vice versa. You can go now and see where they live and who takes care of them. If we would kill civilians, civilians should have fled to the other side, not come to us.

Question 20: Now, if you stopped barrel bombing, and it does happen, would you not help your own case internationally? There are people now who are saying that you are a potential partner in the fight against the Islamic State and that you could be part of the solution, not part of the problem, and it would be quite an easy thing, wouldn’t it, simply to order your generals, to say “look, no more of these attacks,” and that would be… that would no doubt would improve your international standing, would it not?

President Assad: So, the first part of your question is about asking us to stop fulfilling our duty to defend our people against the terrorists?

Question 21: So, that’s legitimate use of force?

President Assad: Of course.

Question 22: Including barrel bombs?

President Assad: There are no barrel bombs.

Question 23: You don’t have barrel bombs at all?

President Assad: We don’t have barrels. Again, it’s like talking about cooking pots. So, we don’t have cooking pots. We only have, like any regular army, we have bombs, we have missiles, we have bullets, and etcetera.

Question 24: You’ve given up your chemical weapons arsenal, but as you know that this last week, the international organization which disposed of the weapons, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, condemned the use of chlorine gas here in Syria, saying with a high degree of confidence it was used last summer, not blaming any side, but saying that at the same time as these attacks, 32 out of 37 people interviewed said they heard or seen helicopters near the village. Now, the armed groups, the rebels, don’t have helicopters. Your side has helicopters. Have they been using chlorine gas to attack?

President Assad: Chlorine gas exists in any factory, in any house in Syria, in anywhere in the world. It’s not a military material.

Question 25: It can be militarized.

President Assad: Anything can be militarized. This is first-

Question 26: Is chlorine gas being militarized?

President Assad: Second, if you want to use gas as a WMD, you have to talk about thousands or maybe tens of thousands of victims in a few hours. That didn’t happen in Syria. Third, we could with our ordinary armaments-

Question 27: It did happen, last summer, in August of the previous year, 2013, of course.

President Assad: Who verified who threw that gas on who? Who verified the numbers?

Question 28: Your side didn’t do that attack?

President Assad: No. definitely not. We were close to the degree that we could affect ourselves. Second, the number of the victims wasn’t as they exaggerated in the media. So it’s not a WMD, it’s not about gas, it’s something… we don’t know what it is, because we didn’t exist in that region.

Question 29: So you’re not using chlorine gas?

President Assad: No, definitely not.

Question 30: On the fight against the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, the U.S. and others have said you cannot be a partner in that fight. Would you like to be a partner, would you like to join-

President Assad: Partner with who?

Question 31: Partner with the countries that are attacking Islamic State at the moment.

President Assad: Do you mean the alliance?

Question 32: The Jordanians-

President Assad: No, definitely, we cannot, and we don’t have the will, and we don’t want, for one simple reason; because we cannot be in an alliance with a country who supports terrorism.

Question 33: Which country?

President Assad: Because you are fighting terrorism. Those countries who make up the alliance, mainly most of them, support terrorism.

Question 34: You’ve been very harsh in your criticism of the Saudis. Now, the Saudis say they are against Islamic State. They are frightened of Islamic State because Islamic State do not want a royal family in Saudi Arabia, so isn’t it logical that they want them out? Why would they support them?

President Assad: First of all, the source of this Islamic State ideology and other Al Qaeda-affiliated groups is the Wahabis that are being supported by the royal family in Saudi Arabia. So, just to say that we do and we don’t, this doesn’t matter; it’s what you do, what is the action you are taking in order to prove that what you are saying is correct.

Question 35: So, you are saying then that the Saudis bear a high degree of responsibility for the emergence of these ideologies and of these armed groups.

President Assad: Definitely, there’s no question

Question 36: So, why have they rounded up and imprisoned so many Al Qaeda sympathizers inside Saudi Arabia itself?

President Assad: I think what they think is that once it’s going to be their turn, because the society in that kingdom is more inclined to be ISIS and to accept such ideologies as the Islamic State, that’s why.

Question 37: Let’s talk about American attitudes. Your departure from office is still official American policy, but there are signs that they are softening. Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that instead of saying… he said that you should change your policies, that it’s time for President Assad to put the people first, think about the consequences. So, is that a lifeline that he’s offering? Is he softening in his attitude? Do you believe that you are now being seen as part of the solution?05

President Assad: First of all, we don’t breathe through the Americans, we only breathe through our citizens. That’s how we breathe. This is first. So, it’s not a lifeline for us. Second, it depends on what he means by changing… what has he said? What’s the word?

Question 38: Put the people first, think about the consequences of their actions. This is seen as a softening because in the past, they’ve said “first of all, Assad must go.”

President Assad: So, second, it depends on what Kerry meant by his statement, or any other official. It’s not about him as a person. Whatever they say, doesn’t mean for us to be puppets. Whatever they say, for us it’s about being independent, to work for our interest, to work for the common interest of others, but we’ll never be puppets who work against our interests for their interests. So you have to ask them what they meant by that statement.

Question 39: But you must… surely… Syria has been very isolated. You’re under sanctions here, people can’t use credit cards, you’ve been cut off from a lot of the commerce of the world. I mean, you must surely welcome a situation which might get you back into the family of nations in a way that you haven’t been since 2011.

President Assad: We’re not against cooperation with any country, we’ll never be. We didn’t start this conflict with the others. They started, they supported terrorists, they gave them the umbrella. It’s not about isolating Syria now; it’s about embargo on the Syrian population or the Syrian citizens. It’s different from isolation. It’s completely different.

Question 40: Do you talk to the Americans? There are American planes in the air above Syria the whole time. Do you coordinate?

President Assad: No, because they don’t talk to anyone unless he’s a puppet, and they easily trampled over the international law, which is about our sovereignty now. So, they don’t talk to us, we don’t talk to them.

Question 41: But I’m curious, that at a time when there are… there’s the American military in the air above Syria, and your people are in the air, your air force, the Syrian air force, is in the air above Syria, that there haven’t been any incidents between the two. No shots seem to have been traded, no planes have been shot down. That suggests to me surely that someone is talking to someone here.01

President Assad: That’s correct, but again, there’s no direct cooperation.

Question 42: Direct? Is it via Iraq? That’s what some people say.

President Assad: Through third parties, more than one party, Iraq and other countries. Sometimes they convey messages, general messages, but there’s nothing tactical.

Question 43: So, they don’t tell you “we’re going to be bombing at Raqqa at 10 o’clock this evening, please keep out of the way?”

President Assad: We knew about the campaign before it’s started, but we didn’t know about the details.

Question 44: And is that a continuing dialogue that you have through third parties?

President Assad: There’s no dialogue. There’s, let’s say, information. But not dialogue.

Question 45: They tell you things?

President Assad: Something like this.

Question 46: Do you tell them things?

President Assad: No.

Question 47: And apart from Iraq, which other countries-

President Assad: When we do something in our territory, or on our territory, we don’t ask anyone, we don’t tell anyone. We just do it.

Question 48: You don’t say, “Look, if you see Syrian helicopters over a certain area at this hour, please don’t shoot them down?”

President Assad: No. That’s I mean, there’s no tactical cooperation, or through third party cooperation.

Question 49: Does the bombing of IS benefit your government? Chuck Hagel, the former U.S. Defense Secretary, certainly said that the bombing benefitted you, and he resigned shortly after he said that. Do you feel safer as a result of the fact that the Americans are helping you take care of your enemies?

President Assad: That question is contradicting with the first question when you said that we were supporting ISIS in order to get rid of the moderates. If we are against ISIS, we don’t support ISIS. So, this question is more realistic. Yes, it will have some benefits, but if it was more serious and more effective and more efficient. It’s not that much.

Question 50: Can we talk about the humanitarian situation a little bit? One of the effective military tactics your… the Syrian Army has used, is to isolate areas held by rebels, and effectively to starve them out. But that has had the effect also to starve the civilians, and that, again, is against the laws of war, starving civilians.

President Assad: That’s not correct for one reason, because in most of the areas where the rebels took over, the civilians fled and came to our areas, so in most of the areas that we encircle and attack are only militants.

Question 51: They may have come to your areas, not because they want to come, but because their areas are being heavily bombed. I’ve been in some of the suburbs of Damascus, which are a huge contrast to here in the center, where sometimes rubble, you know, 20 meters high. And no wonder people want to get out of there.

President Assad: No, that’s not realistic for one reason, because the natural reaction of any person, of the people, of the families, of the population, is to flee from any area where they expect a conflict. That’s why they flee that area, because they expect fighting between the army and the militants. They flee that area, and they come to the government.

Question 52: It is the case though, that your government has restricted the supply of medicines to rebel-held areas. Elizabeth Hoff, Syria representative of the World Health Organization, said at the end of last year that the government is restricting what is sent to rebel-held areas. Do you accept that is a problem for the civilians who are still in those areas?

President Assad: You know the northern city of al-Raqqa, that’s been taken over by al-Nusra first then later ISIS, you know that?

Question 53: Yeah.

President Assad: You know that till this moment, we still send them food and medicines and everything. So how can we do it for any other area in Syria?

Question 54: Valerie Amos, who is the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said in a statement to the UN Security Council in the end of January of this year, that… she criticized very harshly what Islamic State and others are doing, but she also said the government’s failing, she said, for example, last year, there were 16 requests for aid convoys, 8 convoys, into Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, only 4 were carried out, the other 12 requests were, “unanswered, denied, or subject to conditions that could not be accommodated.” And so, for them, that adds up to the Syrian government blocking aid convoys to civilians in those areas.

President Assad: These same areas are shelling Damascus every day. The same area that she’s talking about. How can we prevent them from food, and we cannot prevent them from having armaments?

Question 55: What are you saying, that they should bring in food themselves rather than just shells?

President Assad: No, I mean that if we can prevent the food from accessing those areas, can’t we prevent the armaments from accessing the same areas? How can we allow the armaments to cross?

Question 56: I don’t know how you run the war, but what I said, the UN is saying-

President Assad: Yes, that’s what I’m asking. I’m just pointing to the contradictions in their statements, just to know. If you can prevent food from accessing, you can prevent armaments, and definitely the priority for us as a government is to prevent the armaments from crossing.

Question 57: So, if civilians suffer as a result of the lack of these convoys, that for you is unavoidable, collateral damage?

President Assad: No, we are talking about unrealistic, non-objective statements. We cannot discuss it as a fact. You know, this is part of the propaganda against Syria for the last four years. So, whenever Amos or any other official or any other organization says something against us, it doesn’t mean it’s real. We have to verify what they say, and is it part of the propaganda, is it politicized, or what.

Question 58: Do you see yourself as the great survivor now of Middle Eastern leaders? President Obama called for you to step down as early as 2011. In 2013, there were lots of reports that you fled to a Russian warship in the Mediterranean, but you’re still here, your family is still here. Do you think that, looking back on it, that you’ve had a lucky escape?

President Assad: No, for one reason; because it wasn’t about me, to survive, it was about Syria, it was about terrorism, it was about changing the state and president because they don’t like the state or the president, they don’t like their polices. That’s what this is about. It’s not a personalized problem, they want to personalize it to link everything to the president.

Question 59: But what a price to pay! Syria is in ruins, there are hundreds of thousands of people dead. You’ve been the commander, you must bear command responsibility for some of that.

President Assad: Yes, according to the constitution and according to the ethics of your job, it is your duty to protect your country when it’s under attack, not to flee and run away, and that’s what we’ve been doing.

Question 60: I spoke a teacher who comes from Qaboun, which is an area which is being held by the rebels, after her school was hit, and she said the shelling is coming from the Syrian Army side. She said it’s the president’s responsibility to keep children out of this war. It’s okay for him to fight the terrorists, but what have children done to deserve this? They don’t have weapons. He needs, both sides she said, but he needs to stop shelling the schools. What is your message to her?

President Assad: What is the aim of shelling schools, realistically? Why would a government shell a school? What do we gain from that?

Question 61: Have you shelled schools?

President Assad: Why? No, definitely not. Why? Because we don’t have an interest. Put aside the duty, put aside the morals of the issue, talk realistically: what is the aim of any army to shell a school?

Question 62: Do you deny any-

President Assad: The government is going to pay to rebuild the school. We’re still paying to maintain the destroyed schools. How can we shell schools? Why do you want to kill students and children? What do we get?

Question 63: You’d say that teacher had the wrong idea?

President Assad: Again, it’s different between having casualties during the war, because that’s a war, and every war in the world has these side effects, and between aiming at schools. That’s the big difference. There’s no way to aim at schools.

Question 64: What keeps you awake at night?

President Assad: What keeps me awake at night? Many reasons that could affect any human. Life. Could be personal, could be work.

Question 65: Your job?

President Assad: Could be the job, could be personal, like anyone, I’m human. Anything could affect any human, I’m human; I will be affected by the same factors.

Question 66: Have you thought about those casualties, and felt or understood the pain of their families and of the people wounded and killed and injured?

President Assad: This is something we live in every day. Whether they are from the opposition, from the other side, or whether they are supporters, we live with it. We are humans, we live with casualties, with the death issues on daily basis. There are families who lost their dear ones, I lost members of my family, I lost friends, I lost people I work with. This is something we live with every day in pain.

Question 67: President Assad, thank you very much.

President Assad: Thank you”


Red Nose Day 英国お笑いチャリティの日 Comic Relief Videos

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本日は Red Nose Day Comic Relief、お笑いチャリティの日でございます。この30年間で
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Jennifer SaundersのJK RowlingsとRonも最高。

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下は、当時、英国の大人気SF番組 「 Dr Who 」で
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Bombing of Tokyo 英紙が伝える東京大空襲70周年 (追記3)

Bombing of Tokyo 英紙が伝える東京大空襲70周年 (追記3)


( 記事全文をコピペし、ざっと意訳を付けます。)

On the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s fire bombing, relatives are asking for a real tribute to its victims

It was just after midnight when the rumble of B-29 bombers was heard, jolting Tokyo awake. The incendiaries that fell from their bellies, full of jelly petroleum, were like nothing anyone had ever seen.
They turned canals and rivers into flame and if the jelly stuck to you, it kept burning till flesh turned to bone. “The planes filled the sky like dragonflies,” recalls Michiko Kiyoka. “Everywhere you looked there were charred bodies.”

Today, Ms Kiyoka, now 91, will join a small group of elderly Tokyoites and mark the death of her father and sister in the 1945 firebombing, which killed about 100,000 people in the single night of 10 March.

Tokyo Now and After The Air Raid

Because men of fighting age were away, most of the victims were women, the elderly and children. A US survey later concluded that probably more people lost their lives during the raid by 300 bombers than at any single moment in history.

The Tokyo bombing opened the curtain on an orgy of destruction in the final months of the Second World War that included dozens of similar raids on Japanese cities, and culminated in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August. When the droning of bombers stopped on 15 August, almost 70 cities had been reduced to rubble and perhaps half a million people were dead.

Some thought that Imperial Japan, like Nazi Germany, deserved retribution for the bombing of Shanghai and Chongqing, the Rape of Nanjing and other war atrocities across Asia. But others asked where had the moral high ground gone since US President Franklin D Roosevelt described the 1940 Nazi blitzkrieg of British cities as “inhuman barbarism”?

If the bombing of Dresden a month earlier than Tokyo had produced a ripple of public debate in Europe, “no discernible wave of revulsion took place in the US or Europe in the wake of the far greater destruction of Japanese cities”, wrote Mark Selden, a historian at Cornell University.
と、コーネル大学の歴史学者Mark Seldenは書いている。

Yet today, unlike Hiroshima or Nagasaki, there is no publicly funded museum in Japan’s capital to commemorate the night of 10 March. The Tokyo government, urged on by a small group of private citizens, began compiling an incomplete list of victims in 2010. A small memorial squeezed into a corner of Yokoamicho Park in the city contains their names, next to a charnel house with the mixed ashes of thousands who died.

Tokyo Now and After The Air Raid

German Chancellor Angela Merkel today reminded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the need to face up to the past. In a speech in Tokyo, Ms Merkel said those who close their eyes to history are “blind to the present”, a quote from a famous speech by the late German president Richard von Weizsacker.

Tokyo lacked the emotional or financial resources to properly mourn the victims after the war, says Bret Fisk, a Tokyo-based novelist who writes about the 1945 raids. Later, there was no appetite for a political fight with Washington, Japan’s new Cold War ally. Remarkably, Japan awarded the architect of the 1945 raids, US General Curtis LeMay, its highest prize in 1964 for helping to reconstruct Japan’s Self-Defence Forces after the war.

Plans for a museum became bogged down in controversy in the 1990s. Conservatives said the plans were “anti-Japanese and “self-masochistic”. The decision infuriated survivors. Tokyo had no stomach for reminding people of the horrors of war, said survivor Katsumoto Saotome, who was 12 when the bombers arrived. He set up a private fund to build the Centre of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage, and helped launch a lawsuit for compensation. The suit was dismissed in 2009; government lawyers said that since Japanese civilians had equally experienced severe hardship during a time of national emergency, no particular group could receive special treatment, says Cary Karacas, a specialist on aerial bombing at the City University of New York.
と主張したからだと、ニューヨーク市立大学の空爆スペシャリストCary Karacasさんは言う。

The dwindling band of survivors of the Great Tokyo Air Raid met at the weekend to demand the event is properly memorialised. Mr Saotome says he accepts they face an uphill fight. He says that after all these years, he still doesn’t even like to say the say the figure of 100,000 people out loud – it’s too impossibly large.

“They were all individuals,” he said. “They had all been talking to their families hours before they died.”




Great Tokyo Air Raid

驚いたのは、女性に人気の大衆紙Daily Mailでも

The bombing raid that killed more than Nagasaki – and the world forgot:
Then-and-now pictures reveal the night 100,000 died in massive US firebomb attack on Tokyo


– Exactly 70 years ago, more than 100,000 people were killed in a Tokyo air strike during the Second World War
– Came as U.S. bombers dumped cluster bombs and destroyed a fifth of the Japanese capital in just one night
– The attack was more deadly than Nagasaki but received little attention as Tokyo rebuilt itself quickly after the war
– New then and now pictures have been released showing how Japan recovered following Second World War

・70年前の今日、第二次世界大戦 東京大空襲で10万人以上が殺された

( 記事の一部のコピペに意訳を付けます )
Where earlier raids targeted aircraft factories and military facilities, the Tokyo firebombing was aimed largely at civilians, in places including Tokyo’s downtown Shitamachi area, where people lived in traditional wood and paper homes at densities sometimes exceeding 100,000 people per square mile.

The bombing campaign set a military precedent for targeting civilian areas that persisted into the Korean and Vietnam wars and beyond. But the non-atomic attacks have been largely overlooked.

Around 334 bombers were used in the raid and exhausted residents chose to pull blankets over their heads and sleep when air-raid sirens blew instead of heading to shelters turned icy by an unusually cold winter.
This meant that there was huge human carnage with the smell of burning flesh even making the pilots grab oxygen masks to stop themselves from vomiting.


Bombing of Tokyo

高級紙 テレグラフの記事は、「ガラスのウサギ」作者 高木敏子さんへの
( 桜の季節の日本旅行ガイド記事へのリンク付き)と

Bombing of Tokyo: The mass graves under the cherry blossom – Telegra
「東京大空襲 : 桜の花の下の共同墓地 」

Printed in 1977, Mrs Takagi’s book that recounts her experiences as a child, as well as a plea against any further wars, is called The Glass Rabbit.
Translated into eight languages, the book has sold nearly three million copies around the world and Mrs Takagi has given 1,657 lectures.
“It was madness that Japan kept fighting after Italy and then Germany surrendered,” she said. “I want the world to know what happened here in Tokyo. And I want people to know that when a nation has poor leaders, lots of people will die. And that’s as true today as it was 70 years ago.”



BBC News | WWII fire bombing of Tokyo by US remembered 70 years on

東京大空襲から70年 語り継ぐ記憶の取り組みを取材しました。(15/03/09)

昭和天皇、東京大空襲後の御視察/Great Tokyo Air Raid

東京大空襲・新事実 Bombing of Tokyo : New Foundlings



東京大空襲を忘れない – 瀧井宏臣





東京大空襲 写真紀行


Bombing of Tokyo



WWII fire-bombing of Tokyo by US remembered 70 years on

Japan: Tokyo WWII firebombing marks 70th anniversary


「東京大空襲」から70年 どんな空襲だったのか 早稲田塾講師・坂東太郎のよくわかる時事用語

Times 英紙はウィリアム王子のNHK訪問を非難などしていない

Times 英紙はウィリアム王子のNHK訪問を非難などしていない


ベテラン記者Richard Lloyd Parry氏による報道記事であるのに
“William runs into a little local difficulty during Japan tour”


更新日: 2015年03月03日


The Times 新聞記事のリンク先は、有料になっているので

Times UK, Prince William, Japan




今月、TV討論番組で籾井会長と議論した「しいな たけし*」氏曰く

安倍首相の手下(stoogeは太鼓持ちの様な人 )であることは

上智大学の政治学 中野晃一*教授は語る。


William runs into a little local difficulty during Japan tour
( )

Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
Last updated at 12:01AM, February 28 2015

The Duke of Cambridge’s tour of Japan was embroiled in fresh controversy last night amid criticism of his plans to meet a nationalist broadcasting chief who has revisionist views on the country’s conduct in the Second World War.

This morning Prince William will tour the studios of NHK, Japan’s equivalent of the BBC. He will visit the newsroom and the set of a samurai drama, escorted by one of the most controversial figures in Japanese public life, the NHK president, Katsuto Momii.

Mr Momii has been accused of turning the country’s most respected news organisation into a mouthpiece of the nationalist prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and provoked further anger by casting doubt on the existence of the so-called “comfort women” – wartime sex slaves used by the Imperial Army.

Yesterday, a prominent member of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan said that Prince William’s meeting with Mr Momii would send a “wrong message” causing more damage to NHK.

“To be frank, he is not fit to be president of NHK”, said Takeshi Shiina, who engaged in a televised shouting match with Mr Momii this month.
“In a situation where the ways of thinking of the chairman and his staff are so different, it’s not right for the prince to get his understanding of NHK from this president.

“His words and behaviour show that he is far from being politically neutral, and does not consider [the importance] of remaining independent of political power. It would send out the wrong message if he met Prince William.”

At a reception at the British embassy last night Mr Momii declined to comment on what he would say to William.
Yet he strongly denied being a stooge for Mr Abe.

“People say I agree with everything Abe says, but it is not true,” he told The Times.
“I have never even had dinner with Mr Abe. Some of what he says I agree with, some I don’t.”
Mr Momii first attracted criticism a year ago, when he defended the wartime “comfort stations”.

“Comfort women” is the euphemism used to refer to those forced to work in brothels by Japan’s Imperial Army.
The government admitted the existence of the comfort stations in 1993, and apologised.

Koiichi Nakano, a politics professor at Sophia University, Tokyo, said: “It is quite astounding that Prince William is going out his way to visit NHK at a time it is so mired in controversy over increasing government control.”

Yesterday, William laid a wreath at the war cemetery in Yokohama, containing the gravestones of 1,555 British and Commonwealth troops who died in Japan as prisoners of war.
He later revealed that being king was not his first choice of career.

“When I was younger I dreamt of being an astronaut,”he told Japan’s most famous astronaut, Soichi Noguchi.
“But I also wanted to be a policeman and a fire-breather — but that was maybe a bit alternative.”

China, where the Prince arrives on Sunday, last night said it had banned ivory carving imports.
The Prince is expected to raise the issue of elephant conservation during his visit.

ベテラン記者Richard Lloyd Parry氏のTwitter

#PrinceWilliam’s new friend, the NHK mascot Domo-kun, has astutely been described as resembling an angry Weetabix

Richard Lloyd Parry Tweet


Weetabix – Black Beauty – 2001 – UK Advert


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Baby Orangutan オランウータン赤ちゃん・カナリアPo動画

Baby Orangutan オランウータン赤ちゃん・カナリアPo動画

今朝、BBC breakfastを見ておりましたら、
Hunt for new mother for rescued orangutans
They have spent their short lives being looked after by humans, but now these Sumatran orangutans are looking for new families. Seven-week-old female Rieke was transferred from Berlin after being rejected at birth. Five-month-old male Bulu Mata came from Budapest after his mother died giving birth. Bryony MacKenzie visited them at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.
英国 Dorset ドーセット の Monkey World に保護されている
ブダペストの動物園から来た生後5ヶ月のBulu Mataくんは、


Baby orangutan arrives in UK rescue centre – no comment



Po after bathing 水浴び後のポゥ

Canary Po Vists Guinea Piggies カナリアのポゥ、モルモット家を訪問


Canary Po and iPad