http://www.mansell.com/pow_resources/camplists/sendai/hanawa/sendai_6_main.html The link above is about the Sendai #6 camp in a place called Hanawa. One of my uncles spent his last year of captivity there in World War II. It was extremely brutal, as the Mitsubishi company was responsible for the hundreds of American POW’s, and acted miserably. As bad as the treatment was in the Phillipines by the Japanese Army, it was preferable to what the POW’s suffered under their (literal) corporate masters in Japan proper. My uncle has been gone now for over 20 years. While he lived he related to me much of his experiences of that time. He said that when the war ended and the planes had dropped food, he and others made their way to the coast and hospital ships for urgently needed care. He was 6’4″ and weighed 220 lbs. upon capture on Corregidor in 1942, and on the hospital ship in 1945 weighed 87lbs. He said his bitterness was so acute he felt for a time as if he could kill every Japanese he saw. That lasted until he was on the hospital ship and had regained some health. Near the hospital ship was a fence, behind which Japanese people lived. As badly as the POW’s were treated, the Japanese weren’t eating much better by war’s end. He and other POW”s would sneak food through the fence to Japanese children. Being fluent in Japanese by that time helped with communication. I would like to think that David B. Kimball, if he were alive today, might encourage Pres. Obama to do a little more walking and a little less talking. Drawing upon Mr. Nemo’s thoughts above, the thousands of POW’s suffering at that time never would have survived (about half didn’t as it was) had the American people been demanding a victory in World War II but refusing to pay for it with “outrageous taxes.” I hate what the Japanese did to my uncles. But that was long ago by a different generation. Yes, we are in debt, mainly due to a decades-old policy of refusing to pay our tab, yet this does not take away from the challenge of helping these people any way we can. If Pres. Obama is waiting on Wall St. to tell him what’s the right thing to do, he’s in for a long wait. Perhaps he could garnish his hopey/changey plate with a little leadership, along with a serving of cojones.