That’s when he began screaming
Most people have never heard of Unit 731. But let me tell you about it for those who have never heard of it. During World war the Japanese government funded the world’s most brutal biological warfare experiments on human subjects. They would dissect people alive, tear their organs out one by one without any anesthetic. They would put people in pressure chambers until their eyeballs exploded from their sockets. They would cut limbs off and see how long it would take someone to bleed to death. Many many horrific experiments, even on newborn babies.
What is AMAZING about it, to me, is that most people have heard of Dr. Aribert Heim otherwise known as “Dr. Death” due to his role during the Nazi Holocaust in World War 2. He headed sadistic experiments on live prisoners. He is a wanted War Criminal and hunted all over the world. He is presumed alive but in hiding.
After world war 2 many Nazis were tried for War Crimes and hanged. BUT when it comes to the Japanese war crimes of Unit 731, NOT A SINGLE member of that unit served ANY time or was ever executed. Not because they hid. Many went on to head prominent positions in Japanese Government. The leader of Unit 731, Shiro Ishii went on to live a peaceful life and die of old age. Why did they get away with it? Why were the Japanese, losers in the war, not tried for the war crimes of Unit 731 during the Nuremberg trails?
Because the United States government thought the data the Japanese had found by killing all those people was very valuable, and rather than prosecute them the US Government negotiated a deal where the Japanese would turn over all data in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Hypocrisy at it’s finest. Because it’s unpopular to kill Jews, Dr. Heim was prosecuted and is still hunted to this day. But because the Japanese were dissecting COMMUNIST Chinese prisoners alive, the United States government did not care.
While what the Japanese did was horrific, it’s even more horrific that the United States government became willing partners in this live human experimentation by obtaining the data and protecting those involved with the unit. The best treatment for frostbite was found by Unit 731 during their charnel house experiments. They would freeze people’s limbs and experiment with manners to defrost them. This data was used by the United States for treatment of frostbite.
He is a cheerful old farmer who jokes as he serves rice cakes made by his wife and then he switches easily to explaining what it is like to cut open a 30-year-old man who is tied naked to abed and dissect him alive, without anesthetic.
“The fellow knew that it was over for him and so he didn’t struggle when they led him into the room and tied, him down,” recalled the 72-year-old farmer, then a medical assistant in a Japanese army unit in China in World War II. “But when I picked up the scalpel, that’s when he began screaming.
“I cut him open from the chest to the stomach and he screamed terribly and his face was all twisted in agony. He made this unimaginable sound, he was screaming so horribly. But then finally he stopped. This was all in a day’s work for the surgeons, but it really left an impression on me because it was my first time.”
Finally, the old man, who insisted on anonymity, explained the reason for the vivisection: The prisoner, who was Chinese, had been deliberately infected with the plague, as part of a research project, the full horror of which is only now emerging, to develop plague bombs for use in World War II. After infecting him, the researchers decided to cut him open to see what the disease does to a man’s inside.
“I could never again wear a white smock,” says Dr. Toshio Tono, dressed in a white running jacket at his hospital and recalling events of 50 years ago. “It’s because the prisoners thought that we were doctors, since they could see the white smocks, that they didn’t struggle. They never dreamed they would be dissected.”
Why did all of this happen? Strangely enough, by logic. Pure logic. The reasoning was as follows:
- Japanese officials were amazed that germ / biological warfare had been banned by the Geneva Protocol in 1925. If it was so hideous, terrifying and deadly that it had to be banned, then it must make a great weapon.
- In war, you have to win. Winning is all that matters. The losers can’t punish you for how you won. Look at the US using nuclear bombs on civilian centers of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If the US had lost the war you better believe they would have been tried for war crimes.