A year ago Jean Michel Bouvier, one of your regular contributors, reminded readers of the August 6 1945 dropping of the first atomic bomb. A terrible event, but no more terrible than the treatment and torture suffered by thousands (many more than those who died in the bomb attacks) between February 1942 and August 1945.

A visit to Fort Canning in Singapore tells visitors of beheadings and the display of these decapitated heads on public stakes. Take the Burma railway project as another example. My father and grandfather were fortunate not to have been sent there from Singapore, but nevertheless suffered the worst the Japanese could offer to interns of the Changi concentration camp. (Changi jail as it was known.)..

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