むのたけじさんは「戦争絶滅」を訴えた/Takeji Muno appealed for the ‘annihilation of war’

Translation / 翻訳






秋田犬 むのさんは秋田出身/Akita dog. Mr. Muno is from Akita





Takeji Muno, who was a famous journalist for peace movement and passed away in August 2016, continued to advocate the eradication of war.

As one of the newspaper reporters who covered China and Indonesia in the Asia-Pacific War and reported the losing battles as if they were winning battles, he left the Asahi Shimbun on the day the war ended, saying that he would draw a line.

Mr. Muno said, “There is an end in the beginning. If you resist, resist first. If you rejoice, rejoice in the end. Don’t cry in the middle, don’t laugh in the middle.”

When the Self-Defense Forces were dispatched to Iraq during the Iraq War, Mono worried that there would be casualties among the members of the Self-Defense Forces. He also said that what was left after the ugly war was the current Japanese Constitution, and that Article 9 prevented Japan from going to war for 71 years. It was a life of anti-war and peace.

十和田湖/Lake Towada https://www.pinterest.jp/pin/96545985740914228/

The American media did not have a strong stance of being the first to resist the Iraq War, which has brought about the current turmoil in the Middle East.

President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, who were at the core of the US government at the time, were at the center of responsibility for fabricating that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. And PBS, a public network, also advertised that Iraq imported yellow cake, which is used as a material for nuclear weapons, and possessed a large number of weapons of mass destruction. As a result of the media emphasis on the Iraqi threat, Saddam Hussein has come to be viewed by many citizens as an immediate threat to America.

Some polls have even led about three-quarters of people to think Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Conservative Fox Television said a US war would free the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, and they would enthusiastically welcome the US military.

The media, which supported and supported the Iraq war, have not been held accountable, and no one has drawn a line and withdrew from the media like Mr. Muno.

It is not only the media who are the first to resist, but journalists in academia and others also have a similar responsibility. Even in Japan, neither the media nor researchers who supported the Iraq War have expressed remorse or apologies.

大曲の花火/Fireworks of Ohmagari, Akita

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