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Anyone remember "Tokyo Rose".......

by Mac McMullen / February 8, 2006 3:16 AM PST

During World War II, the Japanese searched for ways to demoralize the American forces that they faced. Their Psychological (PsyOps) Warfare experts came up with a message they thought would work well. They gave the script to their famous broadcaster "Tokyo Rose" and everyday she would broadcast this same message packaged in various ways hoping to have an impact on the morale of American servicemen.

The "message" had three main points:

1. Your president is lying to you.

2. This war is illegal.

3. You cannot win the war.

Sound familiar ? Is it because certain members of our Congress have today picked up the same message and are broadcasting it to our troops. ? The only difference is that they claim to support our troops before they demoralize them. Tokyo Rose used to also tell our troops she was on their side.

Think about this during upcoming elections.

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To the point!
by Glenda / February 8, 2006 3:18 AM PST

And true!

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(NT) (NT) Didn't work then either
by Diana Forum moderator / February 8, 2006 3:23 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Good observation.
by Dan McC / February 8, 2006 3:34 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Point is: would you vote for her?
by EdH / February 8, 2006 4:39 AM PST
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We have lots of "Tokyo Rose" stuff...
by Jack Ammann / February 8, 2006 4:30 AM PST

...right here in this forum.

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(NT) (NT) "You ain't just whistling 'Dixie!'
by kmarchal / February 8, 2006 4:33 AM PST
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no fooling
by Mark5019 / February 8, 2006 5:34 AM PST

and one is a mod:(

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I am familiar with arguments 1 and 3. Normal propaganda.
by Ziks511 / February 8, 2006 6:07 AM PST

I am unaware that Japan claimed the US response to its agression, in Hawaii, Wake Island, Midway, the Philipines, and US possessions like the Marshall Islands was ever called illegal by the Japanese. They may have claimed that support for the Chinese and opposition to Manchukuo (Manchuria) was illegal, and they were wrong.

Got any sources to back that one up?


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Also "Axis Sally", and others
by Angeline Booher / February 8, 2006 6:48 AM PST

Though I don't recall either of them saying that the war was illegal, rather than they tried to make the soldiers homesick.

They played popular tunes of the day, asked if they thought their girl friends were being tru to them.

They asked if they knew that this or that company had been wiped out. They were told that germany and Japan would treat them well, so surrender!

Prior to D-Day, Axis Sally's broadcast had her playing a mother who dreamed her son had been killed in the invasion.

Lord Haw-Haw broadcasted german propaganda to Britain. Nin the Krean War it was Seoul City Sue. In the 'Nam War it was Hanoi Hannah who urged the troops to go AWOL.

And how can we forget Baghdad Bob? "No US troops are in the city!"

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Lord Haw Haw, William Joyce, hanged at the end of the war
by Ziks511 / February 8, 2006 5:25 PM PST

broadcast to Britain from Germany. He was Irish so he was just "pursuing the Troubles by other means" if that is any explanation. His opening catch phrase was his oily, slightly nasal "Germany calling, Germany calling, Germany calling."

Also, sadly, Ezra Pound who broadcast for Italy. He was saved from the death penalty by a group of intellectuals who banded together to get him committed to a mental institution in the United States. His best known work was produced in an American POW camp in Pisa after the defeat of Italy. It's called the Pisan Cantos. Much as I admire his work and his influence on other poets and writers, he should have stood trial and suffered whatever penalty was decided upon.

He certainly was wacky but whether he was really certifiable is disputable. Probably no wackier than Henry Ford, who helped finance the Nazi Party in Germany, and published his own anti-Semitic tracts in the US.


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