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November 08, 2010



There is a most fascinating book about these psy-ops propaganda campaigns, "War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War" by Pulitzer Prizewinning scholar John Dower. Since Dower is a Japanese specialist, it focuses on the Pacific propaganda campaigns. His notable observation is that the Pacific war was much more of a racial war than the European war, Americans were too much like their German opponents. But the Japanese and Western forces were sufficiently different to racialize the war and make it into a war of genocide, from both the Japanese and Allied perspectives.

For a more modern "surrender ticket," the leaflets dropped over Iraq are a classic example.


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