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Cowardice, Racism and
Lies: The Sinking of the Ehime Maru
It is now five days since the tragic sinking of the Japanese training trawler, Ehime Maru, by the U.S. submarine, Greeneville, off the coast of Hawaii. On board the trawler were crew members and students. Nine people, including four 17 year old students, are still missing and almost certainly dead.
You will recall that the U.S. Navy initially claimed the sinking was an unavoidable accident. The sub had been doing everything by the book:
But subsequently the Navy's story changed:
Initially the Navy claimed the crew did all it could to aid the victims. But the Captain of the stricken vessel disagreed:
Why did the crew do NOTHING while it took 20 minutes - why 20 minutes? was there a delay before they were called? - for the Coast Guard helicopters to get to the scene, from nearby Hawaii?
The disaster was the fault of the submarine. The seas were warm. The most extreme measures should have been taken - up to and including risking sailors' lives (which would hardly have been necessary) to at least try to rescue the victims. Nothing was done.
Why? Because of racism? Cowardice? Arrogance - the idea that American lives are too precious to risk even when criminal negligence - or worse - causes a fatal accident?
Some U.S. media suggested the sinking was not a big issue in Japan:
But this was not true:
Not An Ordinary Procedure
The Navy claimed the Sub was doing nothing out of the ordinary. Not so, says retired sub commander Jim Bush, interviewed on the 'Lehrer NewsHour'. According to Bush the sub was performing a "rapid ascent", an emergency procedure employed only when absolutely necessary.
As a 'Washington Post' story (link below) shows, even the crew members - and the invited guests(!) - make no claim that radar was used before the ascent. They refer only to a periscope check. The 'N.Y. Daily News' made the common sense observation:
Fun in the Sub
Initially the Navy admitted there were civilians on board the sub at the time of the accident but claimed they were only observing. Doesn't that sound a bit shaky? What are civilian observors doing on a submarine war vessel?
Be that as it may, it is nothing compared to the truth, or should I say, that part of the truth which has emerged so far. First, the Navy claims the sub was on a training mission, but wouldn't it make sense, during a training mission, to use all the procedures called for under navy regulations? This would include active radar; yet active radar was not employed.
The answer is simple. According to civilian VIP guests interviewed on NBC's "Today" show, the rapid ascent was carried out to entertain those VIP civilians, at least some of whom had Indeed one of the civilians, a certain John Hall, was at the controls when the sub hit the fishing trawler.
This is beyond belief.
Bush Fiddles, Japan Burns
Questioned about the submarine personnel's failure to help the Japanese victims, Bush National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice sidestepped. '"I'm sure that it was a difficult and confusing time,' she said". ("Daily News," 2-14-01).
Indeed it must have been, for the men and women struggling in the water. But what about the submarine commander? What kind of officers are these, trusted with nuclear weapons, who stand and watch people drown in warm water and do nothing?
Amidst growing evidence that his Navy and cabinet subordinates were engaged in covering up a crime, President Bush responded mainly by calling for prayer. On Thursday, Mr. Bush did finally comment on the revelation that a civilian (was he sober? were any of them sober?) was at the controls when the sub smashed into the trawler. What did Bush say? Did he call for the arrest of the officers in charge? Did he suspend everyone (including his national security adviser) who had double-talked the press?
Apparently this review of policy is to proceed at a leisurely pace:
This has been too much for the Japanese government, whom ordinary citizens blame for the Imperial arrogance of the US towards Japan:
Not to Worry: Racist Monster In Charge
As if to make the connection between Imperial U.S. arrogance on the high seas and in Okinawa, it turns out that the civilian tour of the Greeneville had been arranged by "a former commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific, retired Adm. Richard Macke."
That's the news from what Madeline Albright called the 'Indispensable Nation,' example to the world. -- Jared Israel, 2-16-2001
Some of the research for this article was done by Rick Rozoff.
The 'Washington Post' article can be read at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20010215/aponline093819_000.htm
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