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19968Re: [SCA-JML] T on T Assassination Game - Question to Eff, Solveig, and others

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  • Solveig Throndardottir
    Sep 30, 2005
      Noble Cousin!

      Greetings from Solveig! This business about switching sides is so
      solidly part of Japanese military thinking that it is a rule in shogi.
      However, this is not at all the same sort of thing as assassination and
      is not necessarily viewed as treacherous. Incidentally, switching sides
      and sitting out battles is far from being unique to Japan. Napoleon's
      generals did it to him. Regardless, to get a better feel about this
      switching sides business, I suggest reading two books. "Taiko" and "The
      Chrysanthemum and the Sword". This rather fundamental difference of
      thinking about surrendered and captured troops can explain a fair
      amount of some of the otherwise odd appearing stuff that went on in the
      Pacific Theatre of WW-II. It turns out that the character "Fuji" in
      McAles Navy is not as far off the mark as you might at first think. If
      you want a more detailed story about the attitudes of Japanese
      prisoners of war, there is an autobiographical account of the Japanese
      POW mutiny in Australia.

      Your Humble Servant
      Solveig Throndardottir
      Amateur Scholar

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