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May 7th 2009

Mrs. Jonathan Turley Handed Her Lunch on WWII History

Total annihilation.

Contrary to MSNBC hosts who are afraid of bugs, water and their own shadows, waterboarding was most definitely not a “war crime” for which the Japanese were prosecuted after World War II — no matter how many times Mrs. Jonathan Turley, professor of cooking at George Washington University, says so.

All MSNBC hosts and guests were apparently reading “Little Women” rather than military books as children and therefore can be easily fooled about Japanese war crimes. (MSNBC: The Official Drama Queen Network of the 2012 Olympics.)

Given what the Japanese did to prisoners, waterboarding would be a reward for good behavior.

It might be: waterboarding PLUS amputating the prisoner’s healthy arm, or waterboarding PLUS killing the prisoner. But waterboarding on the order of what we did at Guantanamo would be a reward in a Japanese POW camp.

To claim that the Japanese — architects of the Bataan Death March — were prosecuted for “waterboarding” would be like saying Ted Bundy was executed for engaging in sexual harassment.

What the Japanese did to their POWs made even the Nazis blanch. The Japanese routinely beheaded and bayoneted prisoners; forced prisoners to dig their own graves and then buried them alive; amputated prisoners’ healthy arms and legs, one by one, for sport; force-fed prisoners dry rice and then filled their stomachs with water until their bowels exploded; and injected them with chemical weapons in order to observe, time and record their death throes before dumping them in mass graves.

While only 4 percent of British and American troops captured by German or Italian forces died in captivity, 27 percent of British and American POWs captured by the Japanese died in captivity. Japanese war crimes were so atrocious that even rape was treated as only a secondary war crime in the Tokyo trial, similar to what happens during an R. Kelly trial.

The Japanese “water cure” was to “waterboarding” as practiced at Guantanamo what rape at knifepoint is to calling your secretary “honey.”

The Japanese version of “waterboarding” was to fill the prisoner’s stomach with water until his stomach was distended — and then pound on his stomach, causing the prisoner to vomit.

Or they would jam a stick into the prisoner’s nose so he could breathe only through his mouth and then pour water in his mouth so he would choke to death.

Or they would “waterboard” the prisoner with saltwater, which would kill him.

Meanwhile, the alleged “torture” under the Bush administration consists of things like:

— “failing to respect a Serbian national holiday”; or

— “forgetting to wear plastic gloves while handling a Quran.”

Finding out who started the tall tale about “waterboarding” being treated as a war crime after World War II would take the talents of a forensic historian, someone like Christina Hoff Sommers.

After years of hearing the feminist “fact” that emergency room admissions for women beaten by their husbands soared by 40 percent on Super Bowl Sundays, Sommers traced it back to an unsubstantiated rumination erupting from a feminist rap session.

But the lunatic claim was passed around with increasing credibility until it ended up being cited as hard fact in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and on “Good Morning America.”

One of the earliest entries in the “waterboarding as war crimes” myth must be this October 2006 article in The Washington Post, citing a case raised by Sen. Teddy Kennedy — and heaven knows Kennedy understands the horrors of a near-drowning:

“Twenty-one years earlier, in 1947, the United States charged a Japanese officer, Yukio Asano, with war crimes for carrying out another form of waterboarding on a U.S. civilian. The subject was strapped on a stretcher that was tilted so that his feet were in the air and head near the floor, and small amounts of water were poured over his face, leaving him gasping for air until he agreed to talk.”

Even if that description of what Asano did were true — and it isn’t — the only relevant word in the entire paragraph is “civilian.”

Any mistreatment of a civilian is a war crime. So every other part of that paragraph is utterly irrelevant to the treatment of prisoners of war, much less non-uniformed enemy combatants at Guantanamo, who could have been shot on sight under the laws of war.

What Americans need to understand is that under liberals’ own “laws of war,” they will invent apocryphal incidents from history in order to give aid and comfort to America’s enemies and to undermine those who kept us safe for the past eight years.

[Ann Coulter]

10 Responses to “Mrs. Jonathan Turley Handed Her Lunch on WWII History”

  1. bnice

    incredible. that should clear things up.

  2. jon

    It is wonderful that she was exposed as the hackneyed liberal she is. Her husband (the leftist attoney that he is) has obviously poisoned her mind with so much rubbish she is unable to discern truth from fairy tales. The Japanese made the nazis look like cub scouts when it came to torturing POW’S. Read Jonathan Turley’s law blog(law, that’a good one) and you will see the kind of deluded, slavish, braindead sychophants, that post on his RED web site!

  3. Voltaire

    If you really wanna laugh, read the crap that ‘buddhaislaughing’ posts’ on Jonathan Turley’s website. The outrageous nonsense he posts is only eclipsed by the garbage MESPO posts. These two brain dead boobcatchers actually think they are intellectually sound. NOT!

  4. Evert Makinen

    What a bunch of Coulter-drivel. Beside the point as usual.
    Of course the treatment of POWs by the Japanese in WWII was abominable. But the fact is that among other things they did practice waterboarding and it was one of the war crimes with which they were charged.

    “A Victim’s Description
    What does waterboarding feel like? The most detailed descriptions come from eyewitness accounts and court records from wars past.

    During the 1947 trial of Japanese war criminal Chinsaku Yuki, one of his victims, Ramon Navarro, described being subjected to waterboarding. “Not so painful,” he said, “but one becomes unconscious — like drowning in the water.””

  5. Voltaire

    Hey Evert, the japs used waterboarding on a daily basis, they also used GI’s as bayonet practice when ALIVE! You need to pull your head out. WE(USA), never, never commited acts one onehundredth as dreadful as what the “yellow peril”, did to our GI’s. You need to go back and reflect on the scum-bags who are getting grilled by our military intelligence! These vermin are terrorist cockroaches, who should be thankfull we show the restraint we do! These monsters behead people on the internet, and post it for all the world to view with abject horror. You are a deluded left-wing Charlie-nobody. Go back to sleep……..

  6. Stud

    I laughed my head off when turley’s “toad’ of a wife got blasted when she opened her pie-hole. I can understand how a person can be so stupid and moronic, in light of the fact she is married to this socialist, check that, “communist” ambulance chaser!

  7. Cutis LeMay

    Most attorneys left or right, pay him no mind, nor should we…..

  8. Wayne

    I concur. Jonathan Turdley is an attorney who pops up on TV and especially late night cable. He’s a kind of embarassment to many in the legal profession. In fact, an attorney friend of mine, who is very prominent in Beverly Hills, told me about his wife on television. I did see it and it was par for the course, I think he is grooming her to be the next sensationalist in the household. Basically Mr. turdley is not to be taken to seriously and certainly not his goofy wife. They are good for a laugh.

  9. Wayne

    You should read how out of control Jonathan Turley’s law blog has become. He has a derelict on this blog, who uses the sobriquet buddhaislaughing. This psycho troll has been running amok on it for over a year. I believe that buddhaislaughing is really JT himself, just his alter ego…..

  10. Joe P.

    Mr. Turley has a brilliant legal mind and always shares points of law in a fascinating and compelling manner.