Several House Representatives have initiated House Resolution 1595, a WWII reparations bill to pay surviving residents of Guam who were attacked by the Japanese. Yes, the taxpayers of the United States are going to pay WWII Chamorro's reparations for "death, rape, severe personal injury, personal injury, forced labor, forced march, or internment" caused by the Japanese military occupation of Guam. John Campbell has some perspective on the cost to taxpayers.
What the hell do these people have against being an American that lends credence to the idea that we are responsible for the troubles that befall others when an enemy of the U.S. harms them?
I scratch my head at this resolution, given the sympathy evoking title of 'Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act', the same way I wondered why there was no statute of limitations on the slavery issue and why reparationists demand subsequent monetary payment to black Americans. There is a loose tie between the two but they are both based on a premise that "America sucks and should pay out the ass for it."
When reading the Resolution you will see phrases like the one that leads off Section 2- "RECOGNITION OF THE SUFFERING AND LOYALTY OF THE RESIDENTS OF GUAM". Further down, this paragraph:
The United States forever will be grateful to the residents of Guam for their steadfast loyalty to the United States of America, as demonstrated by the countless acts of courage they performed despite the threat of death or great bodily harm they faced at the hands of the Imperial Japanese military forces that occupied Guam during World War II.I have been to Guam many times and have visited the sites on the island that honor the people of Guam and their bravery and their allegiance to the United States. But why are they singled out to be the sole benificiaries of Japanese atrocities? Will these America haters find a small island in the Atlantic theater of WWII that suffered German occupation and offer them the same reparations?
Here is a list of representatives who support this Resolution:House List
I wrote a letter to Niel Abercrombie, Hawaii Democrat Representative, expressing my distaste of his support for this Resolution. I would encourage you to do the same.