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Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice, and Command Accountability (Modern War Studies) by Allan A. Ryan


I don’t blame my executioners. I will pray God bless them.

So mentioned Common Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japan’s most accomplished militia commander, as he stood on the scaffold in Manila in 1946. His stoic dignity typified the man his U.S. Army safeguard attorneys had come to deeply recognize in the first struggle crimes trial of World Conflict II. Moments later, he was once lifeless. However had justice been served? Allan A. Ryan reopens the case in opposition to Yamashita to illuminate crucial questions and controversies that have surrounded his trial and conviction, but also to deepen our understanding of broader recent considerations—especially the bounds of command accountability.

The atrocities of 1944 and 1945 within the Philippines—rape, homicide, torture, beheadings, and hunger, the victims ceaselessly girls and children—have been horrific. They were dedicated via Eastern troops as General Douglas MacArthur’s military tried to recapture the islands. Yamashita commanded Japan’s dispersed and besieged Philippine forces in that final 12 months of the war. But the prosecution conceded that he had neither ordered nor committed these crimes. MacArthur charged him, instead, with the crime—if it was one—of having “failed to keep watch over” his troops, and convened a defense force commission of five American generals, none of them skilled within the law. It was once the first prosecution in historical past of a military commander on the sort of charge.

In a turbulent and demanding trial marked via disregard of the Military’s own principles, the generals delivered the decision they knew MacArthur wanted. Yamashita’s lawyers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court docket, whose controversial decision upheld the conviction over the passionate dissents of two justices who invoked, for the first time in U.S. criminal historical past, the concept of world human rights.

Drawing from the tribunal’s transcripts, Ryan vividly chronicles this tragic story and its personalities. His trenchant analysis of the case’s lingering query—will have to a commander be held in charge for the crimes of his troops, even if he has no data of them—has profound implications for all armed forces commanders.

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Author: Allan A. Ryan Writer: Univ Pr of Kansas Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 416

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