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Midway:
A Different Perspective

Theatrical release poster for the film Midway.

3,822 wordsTheatrical release poster for the film Midway. [1]

It was with mixed feelings that I finished reading the highly articulate and skillfully presented review of the film Midway by Robert Hampton [2]. I had similar feelings about the article by Anton [3].

On the one hand, I heartily agree with their sensible views on the film’s refreshing depictions of American soldiers fighting for a White country, the comparison between Midway and The Patriot, and the rightful place and role of women with White Nationalist and traditionalist overtones. On the other hand, I did identify some misleading features in the theme and content of the film, and certain misperceptions or misjudgments in the two reviews from my own point of view.

This difference in perception, I believe, is easily explained: While sharing common views and visceral feelings as mentioned above, I approached this film emphatically from some historical-strategic-geopolitical perspectives which our two writers did not. They mainly argued from the film’s implicit pro-White angle, praising the film for its emotionally wholesome ability to inspire and uplift minds and hearts, while I tend to stress and highlight historical truths, their consequences, and future significance.

The Pacific War

First and foremost, the Pacific War between the US and Japan was a huge strategic mistake and tragedy; one that could have been averted but for the premeditated scheme and hell-bent fixation of FDR on going to war with Japan. His administration, being riddled with Soviet spies and mostly Jewish communist sympathizers and collaborators, worked relentlessly to push America to a world war. War with Japan was a “backdoor” strategy to get the US into a total war with Germany and eventually defeat it to save Jewry and Soviet and Chinese communism. I don’t really think this is something unknown to many of our White Nationalist readers, but the magnitude and details of the vast and dirty scheme might have not been fully disclosed to them.

In fact, questioning the narrative of the “just and necessary” war with Japan started during and soon after the war by some brave hearts and insightful minds, who have been ruthlessly suppressed by the mainstream media and academia. In recent years, based on declassified Soviet-era archives and other firsthand historical documents, a few honest American historians and scholars have penned a number of insightful books dissecting Soviet infiltration of US foreign policy, with notable names such as Henry Morgenthau Jr., Alger Hiss, Henry Dexter White, Harry Hopkins, Lauchlin Curries, and Owen Lattimore having all played a hand in treasonous activities with varied roles and degrees of destructiveness.

Old and new books on this pertinent topic include:

Even patriotic statesmen of that era rose up in righteous indignation to protest FDR’s disastrous war attempts, including the Pacific War. Besides the shocking memoir of President Hoover, considered as his magnum opus, there is also a book titled FDR, the Other Side of the Coin: How We Were Tricked into World War II by heavyweight Republican Congressman Hamilton Fish. It contains his vehement condemnation of FDR for purposely tricking the nation into a global conflagration that only enabled global communism. It is also worth noting that at present, there are a few Japanese historians and scholars, some of those I have introduced in my previous essays and comments, who are dedicated to research in this field and have authored some highly informative, insightful and enlightening works.

In his memoir, President Hoover writes: “I said the whole Japanese war was a madman’s desire to get into war. He (MacArthur agreed).” It was also indicated that William Leahy, Chester Nimitz, and Douglas MacArthur all opposed letting the Soviet Union join the war against Japan. As for MacArthur, who can rightly be regarded as the cardinal and most bitter adversary of the Japanese Empire during the Pacific War, there is another highly interesting fact that spoke volumes about his postwar self-reflection and inner ambivalence. As a soldier, he had to obey orders and fight for his country to his best capacity, but politically and strategically, he seemed to have finally understood the folly of the Pacific War.

In April 1951, after being sacked by President Truman in the middle of the Korean War for defying his half-hearted war policy, General MacArthur made his final speech to the joint session of the military and foreign policy committees at the US Senate, remarking about the Pacific War: “They (the Japanese) feared that if those supplies were cut off, there would be 10 to 12 million people unoccupied in Japan. Their purpose, therefore, in going to war was largely dictated by security.”

MacArthur’s implication was that Japan fought a war of self-defense, and it was the policy of strangling US sanctions that had caused the conflict. This, of course, was the fruition of FDR’s deliberate plot to provoke Japan into firing the first shot. Besides, MacArthur also said that “the largest political mistake America had made in the Pacific region in the last 100 years was empowering China. That price probably will have to be paid by us in the next 100 years.”

This remark curiously coincided with what President Hoover foretold near the end of his memoir: “China will probably become the trigger of a third world war.”

Of course, on the Japanese side before the outbreak of the Pacific war, Soviet and Comintern spies of multiple nationalities had also been tirelessly pushing Japan away from confrontation with the Soviet Union and into a collision course with America and Britain. The most infamous of them were the German communist Richard Sorge, working in the guise of a diplomat at the German Embassy in Japan, and his partner, the Japanese communist journalist and intellectual Hotsumi Ozaki, who gained the trust of Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and became the latter’s advisor.

Here we see a picture of communists on both sides taking orders from the Kremlin and working in tandem with each other to push the US and Japan into conflict. In spite of this, Japan, with a GDP only 1/12th that of the US, possessed enough sanity not to antagonize America. The Japanese government tried its best to avert a war with the US, exhausting all possible diplomatic means and making the utmost possible concessions. Japan even offered to withdraw completely from its occupied Chinese territories; asking only to maintain Manchuria which it had taken in 1931 for legitimate concerns of securing a strategic base and necessary resources against a future scenario of war with the Soviet Union. But FDR bluntly ignored or turned down all the Japanese proposals, and ultimately gave Japan the Hull Note ultimatum, demanding it give up Manchuria together with other draconian terms Japan found utterly unacceptable to its hard-earned national status and wellbeing as a major world power.

The Hull Note was named after the Secretary of State Cordell Hull, but was actually drafted by the Jewish communist spy and traitor Henry Dexter White. FDR was fully aware that Japan would by no means swallow it and deliberately used it to corner Japan into attacking the US out of desperation, which would play into his hands and enable him to bring the US into an all-out war with Japan and Germany. Of course, he willfully kept the Hull Note secret from Congress and the public, much like he did with information on the Pearl Harbor attack. That also explains why Congressman Fish and former President Hoover felt so infuriated after they discovered the truth later.

As for Japan, upon knowing FDR’s determination to strangle them after its repeated peace offers had all been snubbed, the national consensus from the military and public alike was that they’d rather die fighting than die prostrate. This led to the blitz attack on Pearl Harbor, which FDR and his inner circles knew of in advance, but chose to keep in darkness. As long as Japan was made to fire the first shot, America would be dragged into war. Mission accomplished!

FDR didn’t care a bit about the dead sailors and wronged officers. Thus, when the US intelligence officer in Midway claimed that “men will die if he doesn’t do his work, and men have already died because he and his colleagues did not properly anticipate Pearl Harbor” was in effect a woeful and lamentable misstatement that couldn’t be further from the truth. It was their very own Commander-in-Chief who had deliberately manipulated them into fighting their white German brothers for the interest of global Jewry and its parasitic system of usury and depravity.

Hampton’s essay repeatedly stressed in a positive light America’s fight against a racially alien foreign power, like Japan, but missed the bigger and more crucial fact that for FDR and his ilk, the overarching purpose was to fight Germany, the nemesis of Jewish capitalism and international communism. There is no doubt that the end result of FDR’s war made Communism and global Jewry huge victors, enabling them to reign over the entire Western world to this day. Thus an emphasis on “White America vs. Asiatic Japan” is badly misguided and beside the point, or at least terribly out of proportion.

Secondly, Hampton claimed in his essay that “the Japanese declared themselves as Asian liberators of the white menace” to justify the notion of white American soldiers fighting for a white homeland against a racially alien enemy. The quoted statement here was factually true. Japan indeed portrayed the war with the US and Britain as a crusade to liberate Southeast Asian colonial peoples. But again, this needs to be understood in the context of the times and with consideration of wartime practicalities instead of only at its face value. In fact, this wartime PR narrative was understandable as a rallying call for boosting morale and seeking a moral vantage point on the part of Japan, which was no worse than (and actually paled in contrast to) the allied naming of the Japanese as “yellow monkey Japs,” let alone their gratuitous and grisly massacre of Japanese civilians and POWs (an honest account of which is discussed here [4] by a great writer and Counter-Currents contributor).

Furthermore, it is important to point out that Japan never applied the perceived “anti-white” label to Germany with whom it chose to ally itself, which demonstrated the narrative was not directed at the white race per se but only at the pro-communist and anti-nationalist American and British regimes under FDR and Churchill, which were not merely anti-Japanese, but all the more anti-German and pro-Jew.

Besides, it is well known that the FDR regime blatantly persecuted their own law-abiding citizens of Japanese ancestry, as manifested by FDR’s round-up of about 120,000 completely innocent Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to put them in concentration camps. While I personally feel little bitterness about this unfortunate and long-gone historical episode, and believe America as a country founded and built by whites should be a land of whites solely or predominantly, anyone with an objective and impartial mind could not help but be amazed by how exemplary a minority the Japanese-Americans were. Not only was there not a single proven case of treason on the part of Japanese-American citizens (a world of difference from American Jews), they quietly swallowed the grievous injustice with no complaint or protest and strove to prove their loyalty and devotion to America.

Hampton claimed “there are no diverse American characters [in the film] to prove that non-whites love America too,” which is true only of the film. In reality, however, the Japanese-Americans did love America and proved so with real actions. Japanese-American youths disproportionately signed up for military service as combat soldiers, military intelligence officers, and translators. The legendary 442nd Regiment of the US Army was composed of Japanese-American volunteers from Hawaii and the US mainland, famous for their motto “Go For Broke,” who fought valiantly in Italy and France from 1943 onward to prove their loyalty to America and for the honor of themselves and their families back home. From Anzio to Cassino, these young people fought against elite German troops, contributing tremendously to the eventual shattering of the tough German Gothic Line in Northern Italy. They successfully rescued the stranded Texas “Lost Battalion” from behind enemy lines, and clenched victory over the tactically superior German veterans at the expense of their own extensive casualties. For their extraordinary battlefield bravery, the 442nd Regiment became the single most decorated fighting unit in the entire history of the US military, being awarded 9,486 Purple Hearts, 4,000 Bronze Stars, and 21 Medals of Honor, among others (here [5]).

Although the whole war was a tragic folly, and ideally there should be as few non-whites in America as possible, the indisputable historical facts as described above did prove the spirit and caliber of Japanese Americans as a rare non-white breed, if not the only one, of being unquestionably loyal to America and serving her with talent and devotion in situations of utmost asperity.

Seeing through China’s Trickery

Commenting on the fact that the production of Midway was financed by China, Hampton uttered that “it’s certainly a worthy trade for Midway’s distinct lack of poz.” In my humble opinion, this is quite a shortsighted view. Financing American film productions is part of the “Great External Propaganda” (大外宣) campaign of the Chinese government. By cooperating with Hollywood studios, sponsoring various entertainment and cultural activities, and leveraging its own huge film market to pressure Hollywood into making pro-Chinese films, China’s ambitions of influencing American public opinion are being realized.

Outcomes of this program include sugaring up China’s image, reinforcing false historical narratives to the detriment of its rivals such as Japan through films like Midway, and promoting decadent liberal values so as to further debauch Americans with films that are unrelated to WWII or do not directly concern China. It is vital to bear in mind that while China ostensibly favors a pro-nationalist line in some American films, wishes to promote multiculturalism, diversity, and moral relativism to seriously weaken America’s health and strength, especially that of her white European core.

Needless to say, China financed Midway for the main reason that Japan was the enemy of America in the Pacific War. However, the film’s outside appearance notwithstanding, its underlying intent is hardly “extolling American nationalism” or “heroic whites” as Hampton argued. Instead, the film’s grander motif is reinforcing a false historical narrative and conclusion: namely, that WWII was a just war that saved the world from evil Nazism and Fascism, upon which rests the entire anti-white political, cultural, and social superstructure of the post-War Western world. That’s exactly why China willingly and generously financed this film, for helping maintain a political mechanism that forever keeps Western whites in limbo, preventing them from seeing historical truths and leaving them unawakened to ongoing realities.

China naturally understands that it need not finance anti-German WWII films as Hollywood will proactively and continuously deliver them without asking. China instead chimes in with anti-Japanese films, which Hollywood is not always as enthusiastic about. Since the accepted narrative regarding WWII has always bound Nazi Germany and its Axis co-member Japan together, considering the two as basically the same bad guys, it is fair to say that the Chinese-financed film Midway serves to maintain the mainstream historical narrative that the Western political establishment constantly enlists to manipulate whites and the Japanese as well. Hence, in a genuine sense, Midway really cannot be called pro-white.

Another ulterior motive behind China’s decision to finance this film is that it bolsters and highlights an (outdated and undeserving) historical alliance of China and the US, with several carefully calculated purposes:

For America, heeding and handling these issues are far more crucial than indulging in sentimental memories of the Pacific War. China’s financing of American films and other cultural products all harbor political motivations that are inimical to America’s long term national security and the core interest of whites, and the case of Midway is a prime example of China’s propaganda warfare on America. There is no sensationalizing here; only plain and unvarnished truths. Forgive my candor, but I have to reiterate that heaping adulation and accolade on Midway for some of its admittedly laudable elements while failing to perceive the macro-picture is a typical case of not seeing the forest for the trees.

It merits remembering that China, not Japan, is the present and future arch-adversary of America and the largest threat to white people in America and the world. Japan had not been a menace to America back then, and certainly is not now. China is clearly a major menace to America now, and also did not deserve the assistance and alliance of America then, as it had used numerous ruses, elaborated upon here [6] [1] [7] and here [8] [2] [9], to drag the US into a disastrous and wasteful war that defeated Japan and Germany and handed the whole world, West and East alike, to Jewry and Communism.

As for the production of Midway itself, it is unsurprising that there is no glorification of blacks or promotion of feminism in the film. This, however, is not of much relevance. China simply didn’t care much about those agendas in this particular film. Its purpose was to spice up the established WWII narrative, embellish its own image, and sway the focus of the American public away from a real and present foe (China) to a past and undeserved foe (Japan).

So if China really started financing or co-producing films that depict America’s Revolutionary War, as Hampton expects, there would be exactly the same motives at work behind the curtain, with the same disastrous results. Hardly a price to pay for an exhilarating film.

China’s own nationalist mindset, which it applies only to itself but not to other rival powers like the US and Japan, certainly cannot be used to justify or absolve its true motives and maneuverings of ill-will toward America. Yes, China is an unapologetic ethnonationalist country that jealously and potently guards the political and cultural domination of its dominant Han people, refuses to allow massive immigration of alien foreign peoples into its borders, and asserts itself to act ruthlessly on the international stage. Yes, we certainly can admire some of the traits of China, and even emulate them. But all these do not change the fact that China is hell-bent on subverting, displacing, and even destroying the Western nations. China’s vaulting ambition for global supremacy will not diminish because of the starry-eyed wishful thinking of white people, and all its admirable traits simply make it a more dangerous adversary. By all irrefutable accounts, China is a country that uses its ethnonationalism to undermine other peoples, especially white people. China does not wish to live side-by-side in peaceful competition with other peoples, but instead wants to ride and trample on them as overlord. As a reader had previously pointed out so incisively in his comment, China, like Jewry, is a “Nationalist-Imperialist” power: nationalist for itself, imperialist for its neighbors.

It is worth repeating that when approaching any issue that involves China and its relation to the West (and America in particular), China is the only nation-state in today’s world that possesses both an active ambition and potential capability to replace America. Financing films is but a small tool in its extensive arsenal to this effect. It is a bit cheesy to cast aside historical truth and swoon over some superficially charming scenes in a movie financed by a wily foe with a baleful intent. That said, it’s okay to be excited by Midway, even feel inspired by it. But it is far more important to be aware of the hand pulling the strings behind the curtain.

Notes

[1] [10] Ways That Are Dark: The Truth about China was written by Ralph M. Townsend in 1933. Townsend was a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, He was stationed in China for years and served as the U.S. vice counsel at Shanghai and Foochow. Later, he quit diplomatic service and worked actively to prevent US involvement in the upcoming war which he perceived as a grave danger both to the nation itself and to the world. Townsend wrote for numerous non-interventionist publications. Together with two dozen others opposing FDR’s war policy, he was dragged to a federal court for a show-trial aimed at silencing FDR’s critics on charges of conspiracy for sedition and spent a year in federal prison. The book details his candid first hand observations on and experience with China and the Chinese, and his honest and incisive take on Chinese-Japanese relations and comparisons. It is a highly informative and insightful read written in a forthright, poignant and captivating fashion. It is published by the Barnes Review and can be purchased directly from it at a bargain price of $10 as suggested in my article. It can also be bought on Amazon, which is not recommended for both the unsavory nature of Amazon and the higher price.

[2] [11] Behind the News in China was written by Frederic Vincent Williams in 1938. Williams had been a mercenary and adventurer in his younger days and later became a journalist working in San Francisco. He was known for his coverage of the China Town clashes and power struggles. Later, during his travel to Far East for news reports and information collection, he came to realize the danger and menace of communism. He was concerned about the deterioration of US-Japanese relations and strongly advocated against US involvement in war on the side of China. He was later arrested and put on trial together with Ralph Townsend and others on charges of conspiracy and collusion with an enemy state and received an indeterminate prison term of 16 months to 4 years. The book detailed China’s anti-Japanese campaign and its acts of atrocities and provocations, Soviet ambitions and maneuvers, and American missionaries being used by China to spread anti-Japanese propaganda in America. A free electronic copy of the book exists online as suggested in my article. Paper copies of the book can also be purchased on Amazon.