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Tortured WWII British Soldier Tracks Down Japanese Tormentor And Forgives Him
The Daily Mail ^ | 10-9-12 | Robert Hardman

Posted on 10/10/2012 8:13:22 AM PDT by trailhkr1

Beaten to a pile of broken bones, caged, starved and tortured, Eric Lomax was convinced he would never see Britain ever again.

He had already experienced the lottery of death among the chain gangs on the Burma-Siam Railway. Now things were even worse. Accused of being a spy, he had been left to the mercies of the Japanese army’s secret police.

Among their specialities was what is today known as ‘waterboarding’, when a prisoner undergoes near-drowning. It was surely only a matter of time before he would be put out of his misery.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: beatings; ericlomax; forgiveness; greatbritain; japan; lomax; pow; pravdamedia; railwayman; warcrimes; waterboarding; wwii

1 posted on 10/10/2012 8:13:26 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: trailhkr1

Every once in awhile you come across a story that clearly illustrates what Christianity is all about.


2 posted on 10/10/2012 8:19:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: trailhkr1

AMEN


3 posted on 10/10/2012 8:23:04 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: trailhkr1

Just damn. It’s not like I needed more proof that there are way better men than me.


4 posted on 10/10/2012 8:26:04 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

” Every once in awhile you come across a story that clearly illustrates what Christianity is all about.”

Most of us would like to be this kind of Christian, but few of us will attain it.


5 posted on 10/10/2012 8:27:17 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: trailhkr1
Among their specialities was what is today known as ‘waterboarding’, when a prisoner undergoes near-drowning.

Perceived near drowning.

I'm sure our POWs would've been delighted if the Japanese had simply waterboarded.

6 posted on 10/10/2012 8:28:59 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If you haven’t already, get the book “Unbroken”. It is a very similar story.


7 posted on 10/10/2012 8:31:26 AM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: trailhkr1

I’ve never heard of Japanese waterboarding. What the guy is referring to is a much more painful form of torture described as follows:


Ruthless in the extreme, he loved tormenting us. He especially revelled in a sickening brand of water torture.

He had guards pin down his hapless victim before pouring gallons of water down the prisoner’s throat using a bucket and hose. The man’s stomach would swell up from the huge volumes of water.

Okada would then gleefully jump up and down on him. Sometimes guards tied barbed wire around the poor soul’s stomach. Most died; only a few survived.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254168/Monsters-River-Kwai-One-British-POW-tells-horrifying-story.html#ixzz28uYCvnZK
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8 posted on 10/10/2012 8:44:20 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

GOD has blessed him with the strength to forgive. I hope I would have the willpower and strength to do the same. I read the book unbroken and at the end I have to admit I was rooting for the US Serviceman to get revenge on his Japanese captors.....


9 posted on 10/10/2012 8:44:27 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: trailhkr1

Excellent article. Thank you for posting.


10 posted on 10/10/2012 8:47:59 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Most of us would like to be this kind of Christian, but few of us will attain it.

Being true to the precepts put forth by our Lord is really difficult. Sadly, I find myself so far from the mark most times that I'm truely grateful our Lord is merciful. Those few times it my life when I felt well and truely within his will should be enough to cause me to more fervently seek that well being of spirit always, but we poor creatures are easily distracted by shiny things, and we forget that which we should not.

Walking the walk of Christ is not an easy task.

11 posted on 10/10/2012 9:22:06 AM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: trailhkr1
Saw a documentary once about Australian POWs during WW II.One former POW said that most of the Japanese guards were vicious beyond belief but one or two were decent to the prisoners...refraining from abuse and giving them extra food.He said that if any other guard had found out and reported it to superiors the decent guards would have been executed on the spot.
12 posted on 10/10/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: trailhkr1

Great article! Nicole Kidman will be co-starring in the movie.


13 posted on 10/10/2012 10:02:03 AM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: trailhkr1
bigger man than i

after tracking him down, i'd more likely mimic clyde shelton then gandhi

14 posted on 10/10/2012 10:03:10 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: jakerobins

” GOD has blessed him with the strength to forgive.”

TO A DEGREE FEW WOULD THINK POSSIBLE.


15 posted on 10/10/2012 10:05:18 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: zeugma

” Being true to the precepts put forth by our Lord is really difficult. Sadly, I find myself so far from the mark most times that I’m truely grateful our Lord is merciful.”

If it weren’t for God’s grace, most of us would be doomed.


16 posted on 10/10/2012 10:07:54 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: wjcsux
If you haven’t already, get the book “Unbroken”. It is a very similar story.

Indeed it is. Well worth the read.

17 posted on 10/10/2012 10:12:06 AM PDT by Marathoner (If the bastard were to win reelection, let America burn. IDGAF anymore.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Most of us would like to be this kind of Christian, but few of us will attain it.

Most of us will never have the opportunity to be "this kind of Christian". Most of us will never face any worse persecution than having misguided or malevolent folks say bad things about us.

Still, we should ask God to give us the grace to forgive them.

"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us ..."

18 posted on 10/10/2012 10:13:08 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

If it weren’t for God’s grace, ALL of us would be doomed.


19 posted on 10/10/2012 10:15:48 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I stand corrected.


20 posted on 10/10/2012 10:27:10 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: wjcsux
"If you haven’t already, get the book “Unbroken”. It is a very similar story."

Yes, it's an excellent book.

Sad that Mr. Lomax recently passed away, and won't see the movie based on his book. I'm definitely putting it on my list to watch when it's released on DVD. The movie "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," starring David Bowie is another excellent movie about British POW's in Japanese prisons.

21 posted on 10/10/2012 10:46:09 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: trailhkr1
One of history's great failures has to be how the Japanese were for the most part, let-off for their war crimes.

Even to this day acknowledgment of war crimes is a rare event in Japan.

22 posted on 10/10/2012 11:26:06 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

One of those early Cold War compromises....


23 posted on 10/10/2012 11:42:06 AM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: trailhkr1
He was beaten before he was waterboarded. For the media to try to equate the two is intellectually dishonest.

John McCain had his arms broken by North Vietnamese Communists and the Left LAUGHED at him in the debate in 2008 taking this "odd pose" viral.

Break their arms and see how THEY like it.

24 posted on 10/11/2012 9:41:53 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: wjcsux
I also recommend Ship of Ghosts. It is the story of the survivors of the USS Houston and the 131st Field Artillery Battalion, 36th Infantry Division. These men were sent to prison labor camps throughout Southeast Asia, including the infamous Burma-Thailand Railroad.
25 posted on 10/11/2012 9:56:59 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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