Rule through violence and force. Assassins’ bullets instead of votes. . Bloodshed in place of parliamentary debate. Those trends have marked the progress of Japan since the turn of the century. Developing with Oriental subtlety, those trends have gained supremacy.
In August, 1940, while I was standing on a platform of Harbin Station in Manchukuo, the Jap name for Manchuria, 1 became suddenly impressed by the history of Japan’s gradual flight toward international gangsterism. Several little unpleasant incidents on the trip, principally because I had been mistaken for a Britisher at a time when an anti-British movement was afoot, helped bring the thought home. Hostility was replacing hospitality. Hate was becoming the groundwork for a tyranny, and tyranny foreshadowed war on a large scale.