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Comment Re:Ready to (Score 1) 280

The program WAS presented as the ultimate fighter plane, able to excel and be superior to anything else despite being a multirole aircraft.

It has stealth capability, though because it must carry heavy bomb loads on hard points for it's ground attack role, it's not as stealthy as it could be.

Ah yes, the "stealth capability". That's the last argument, supposed to redeem every other flaws (along with it comes the following : "it isn't a good dogfighter ? that's alright, with its stealth capability, it won't need to")

Except, of course, that the supposed stealth is incredibly vulnerable to the elements, phenomenally costly and already made obsolete by the new radar systems of all the nations against which it would be any use.

Comment Re:The irony is... (Score 1) 280

It's true. The opponent doesn't win because of the costs. It wins because each bomb, with the "collateral damage" (read innocent victims) it causes creates more people who want to fight back against Western Nations.

But hey, oil and an opportunity to sell more weapon systems and keep the show going even longer. After all, GDP counts wars as positives, so overall a win, right?

Comment Re:Ready to (Score 1) 280

Too bad for the various (poor bastards) countries that took part (financially, in a very significant way) to a program that would eventually deliver a superior air fighter. As to the vaunted stealth capability some talk of in the comments, it is so fragile it could seen as a joke if it wasn't a bottomless money pit, and it has already been beaten by modern radar systems.

Comment Re:Luddites? (Score 1) 1052

You forgot one alternative (which is the one people were talking about 40-50 years ago and that was effectively swept under the carpet for the benefit of the 0.01%) : Diminishing the duration of legal work. Greatly. (as in, around 50%).

It is already becoming common knowledge that there is a large number of jobs that have simply no value for society at large. They exist to provide work (one of the greatest examples would be in Japan where you can see old guys standing at the exit of construction sites to stop cars when trucks get out/come in. The geezers often need the work because they have to wait a few years between the time they retire and the moment they get their retirement pension)

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

When I say "stay silent", I'm not talking about a kind of total interdiction of publishing about it. Simply, when comparing to the Nuremberg Trials, the very few actions taken against Japan as a whole and its war criminals in particular were more of a token actions than a real purge of the Japanese political system (then again, even in Germany many high level people, especially industrialists, escaped the trials even though it would have been quite easy to make a case against them).

One of the consequences is how little Japanese people know about what the imperial army was up to in the 1930's. Considering that, even today, Japan is essentially an US dominion, that was only possible because the American government allowed it.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

The thing is, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are instrumental in that, as the deal was: Japan doesn't attack the US (in some kind of court) about the use of the atomic bomb (and the fire bombings), and beside a very limited number of trials, the US will stay silent about the various atrocities the Japanese Empire did around South-East Asia.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

That's true.

However, when making that kind of judgement, or excuses, it is then necessary to wonder whether the position considered modern was expressed in any way at the time the person considered lived in.

Case in point, there were quite a few very vocal voices against slavery in the late 18th century. Enough to show that on that point at the very least, the US constitution is much less a semi-divine document and much more the result of haggling over specific interests. The point being that you shouldn't be so quick to excuse people because of the "different age" excuse.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

I'm not going to discuss the merit of deciding to bomb Japan with atomic bombs, that would be for another post. That said, thinking that Japanese people have "accepted" the bombing as necessary and mostly positive is trying hard to convince yourself that the US are unanimously seen as the good guys, no matter what.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 1) 391

That's true. Most people in Western countries think of the Japanese emperor as someone along the lines of Julius Ceasar or Napoleon. In truth they were much more like the Catholic Pope. With one exception: their harem. It was completely official (if not called by that name), and it's the other reason they claim such a long dynasty: each generation they had a huge pool of sons to draw from to select the next emperor (that's actually the only thing that makes the whole over-2000-year-long dynasty believable, beside heavy tapering with records).

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